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504 clicks; posted to Food » on 23 May 2022 at 5:37 PM (12 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-05-23 5:50:40 PM  
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2022-05-23 5:53:13 PM  
Wow, what crap.  Do that if you want freezer burned chicken or you're only planning on leaving it in there for a couple of weeks.  Anyone else should try to avoid packing it with lots of air.

I like heavy weight deli containers (like what you get takeout hot soup in), but they often poke a hole in the lid to deal with the steam pressure.  You can get sleeves of them in various sizes (8, 16, 32oz) at Latin grocery stores.  Pack the container full with still warm chicken, then squish the lid on so it squeezes out as much air as possible.  It's even better if you leave a little bit of liquid on there with them.

You'll have to figure out what size works best for you.  I typically freeze 16oz of shredded meats, which is a good size for me to then turn into meals for a few days.  If you have a large family, you might want 32oz containers.

Before I did that, I used ziptop freezer bags.   Make sure they're freezer bags, which has thicker plastic to avoid freezer burn.  Pack the meat in, seal it except for a small corner, then squeeze all of the air out and finish sealing.
 
2022-05-23 6:34:24 PM  
Or just make your kids eat actual food.  My parents did that to me and I learned how to cook because fark you steamed broccoli until it's mush
 
2022-05-23 6:56:41 PM  
Set the Bass-O-Matic to "Chicken?"
 
2022-05-23 7:36:36 PM  

Ashelth: Or just make your kids eat actual food.  My parents did that to me and I learned how to cook because fark you steamed broccoli until it's mush


The article is actually talking about real food... freezing shredded chicken.

I do it, because I'm single, and it's cheaper/easier to buy a family pack of chicken thighs, poach them, shread it, and then freeze them.

I do it even more often with pork shoulder, as you can't exactly buy single servings of that.
 
2022-05-23 7:59:58 PM  
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2022-05-23 8:16:10 PM  
FTFA: Let me start by saying: I make about four things for dinner. With three kids under age ten, I don't fark

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2022-05-23 8:37:53 PM  

Be polite walk on the right: FTFA: Let me start by saying: I make about four things for dinner. With three kids under age ten, I don't fark

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Tell me that you don't have three kids under 10 without telling me that you don't have three kids under 10.
 
2022-05-23 8:43:04 PM  

Oneiros: I do it, because I'm single, and it's cheaper/easier to buy a family pack of chicken thighs, poach them, shread it, and then freeze them.


Why not just poach them and freeze them whole...and shred them as needed?

Also, my WallyWorld sells two pound buckets of shredded chicken or pork for about five bucks a pop.  I think it's the deli department's fried chicken and ribs that don't get sold.  Nevertheless, it's pretty damned good.
 
2022-05-23 8:49:53 PM  
My wife got a pressure canner last year and decided to can all the things. She found a recipe for canned chicken, so we now have multiple jars of cooked shredded chicken in the pantry. It looks sketchy af.

But it's actually pretty good. And a total lifesaver when it's time for dinner and we're out of fresh meat and haven't defrosted anything. Last week we fried up some onions and peppers, threw a can of chicken in, and made fajitas. Not nearly as good as fresh chicken, but it's not taking up any freezer space either.

/also we get to say "Could you grab me a pint of chicken?"
 
2022-05-24 11:45:45 AM  

PR Deltoid: Oneiros: I do it, because I'm single, and it's cheaper/easier to buy a family pack of chicken thighs, poach them, shread it, and then freeze them.

Why not just poach them and freeze them whole...and shred them as needed?


I used to do that when I was using zipper bags for storage, but meat shreds differently after it's cooled down. When it's still warm and cooked right you could take a potato masher to it and it will shred, no effort needed.

It's fine to put it away in large chunks if you want to cut it into cubes, but it's not so great if you want to use it in a shredded application.

You would have to heat it back up sufficiently so that it shreds easily, which makes it more complicated than just dumping a frozen container of meat into some sauce and letting it warm up to make into tacos or enchiladas or whatever.

And even if you're leaving it in chunks. You'll want to go through it by hand, to remove any bones or cartilage.  (Also do this if you're planning on using the potato masher technique).

Chunks are better for chicken salad and some casseroles, and useful for when you want more texture because all of the meat on hand is already shredded.
 
2022-05-24 7:23:16 PM  

PunkTiger: Set the Bass-O-Matic to "Chicken?"


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