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So I purchased a few packs of these Ziploc divided containers at KMart during doubles last week and now I am trying to figure out great uses for them.

Do any of you fabulous frugalistas have any ideas for freezer meals that could be reheated in these containers?

I would love to be able to put something together that can be popped out of the freezer and into the microwave for those nights when I don't feel like cooking or DH is home by himself.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:52 PM

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I think you could freeze almost any of your favorite casseroles in your ziploc containers. If you cooked a whole casserole, then split it into portions in your containers and froze them, then all you would have to do is pop them out of the freezer and into the microwave. I think lasagna and enchiladas would both work really well this way, and I can't see why any other casserole wouldn't work. HTH - Good luck!
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i agree with the above poster. anything taste as great the 2nd time around just my oppion.
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I hate to be a kill-joy, but its really important to realize that you shouldn't cook/reheat food in plastic containers. I was a huge fan of ziplock containers, but I read that chemicals cook into your food when microwaved in plastic. Believe me, I had done this for years myself! I got worried and went and bought a load of corning glassware (the clear kind) to use in the microwave (on Amazon.com). I got a large assortment of sizes from 1 cup up to 2 quart, all with plastic lids. I now use those to cook/reheat in the microwave, and still use the ziplock, etc. just for fridge/freezer storage.
If you plan to freeze dinners in ziplocks, fine, but please read up about cooking in them. Perhaps you could freeze, then when ready to use, pop it out of the container and put into something made of glass.
Just my opinion, but I want everyone to be safe and healthy
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If I make a casserole to freeze, I don't season them highly because freezing concentrates salt.
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I hate to be a kill-joy, but its really important to realize that you shouldn't cook/reheat food in plastic containers. I was a huge fan of ziplock containers, but I read that chemicals cook into your food when microwaved in plastic. Believe me, I had done this for years myself! I got worried and went and bought a load of corning glassware (the clear kind) to use in the microwave (on Amazon.com). I got a large assortment of sizes from 1 cup up to 2 quart, all with plastic lids. I now use those to cook/reheat in the microwave, and still use the ziplock, etc. just for fridge/freezer storage.
If you plan to freeze dinners in ziplocks, fine, but please read up about cooking in them. Perhaps you could freeze, then when ready to use, pop it out of the container and put into something made of glass.
Just my opinion, but I want everyone to be safe and healthy
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Thank you for your concern regarding my health and the health of others. Before you scare everybody, you should do additional research. As far as the safety of plastics used for food usage (storage, freezing and heating) these items are safe. There has been a multitude of research regarding food safety and plastics, especially these days with all the concerns of consumers and parents.

Ziploc and many other brands of food storage are perfectly safe and all of this information can be gained by a simple web search. Here is a link to an article that is clearly written and easily understood (unlike so many research articles) regarding the safety of these items: Dangers of Heating Food in Plastic - Microwave Health Risks - Bisphenol A - Goodhousekeeping.com

Thank you again for your concern for everyone's health. We appreciate it. I just hate to see misinformation spread without research.

I mostly use glass in my kitchen, but it is so much easier to pack a meal to go in plastic. It is hard enough to get my DH to pack his meal for work, and if it takes some plastic containers- so be it.
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I never meant to frighten anyone, but I do thank you for the informative article. I have a lot of faith in the Good Housekeeping seal of approval, so I stand corrected on my thoughts.
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as pp i think any meal can be a frozen dinner lets say you make rice veggies and meat you can easily freeze that as well as tacos minus the tortilla/shell
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Our favorites for freezer cooking are: Chili, Mac-n-cheese, cream of mushroom soup, beef stew, quiche, and shepherds pie. All of which I've used ziplock bags & storage containers straight from the freezer to the microwave (though I do usually take them out of the containers before heating - but hubby doesn't)
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If I may, check out Money Saving Mom's blog. She (and others) do a freezer baking day- Great ideas and recipes are included! (I love the muffins!)
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I make a large lasagna and then freeze individual sized portions with the left overs.
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So I purchased a few packs of these Ziploc divided containers at KMart during doubles last week and now I am trying to figure out great uses for them.

Do any of you fabulous frugalistas have any ideas for freezer meals that could be reheated in these containers?

I would love to be able to put something together that can be popped out of the freezer and into the microwave for those nights when I don't feel like cooking or DH is home by himself.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
I have some 3 section freezables and one serving freezables. They are great for inserting leftovers; and when you are in a hurry and very hungry they are GREAT! Used one today.
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One day I was reheating some chili in the microwave and when I went later to wash the plastic container I'd used, I could NOT get the stain out.

Looking closer at the container, I could see where it had pitted the surface and changed texture.

I sat and thought for a minute.

"Now just where did all that extra melted plastic go to?"

It went into the food I ate obviously.

I don't reheat in plastic anymore. I do reheat in glass. I do freeze in plastic as well, but transfer it to glass for cooking.
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