You all gotta know that I am just dyin to get a freezer cooking session under my belt, but short of losing the power for a week where everything MUST be used or tossed, I just don’t see that happening in my near future.
Trust me, I am NOT complaining about the amount of food in the freezers, just the lack of space which is inhibiting me from giving this freezer cooking a try.
So I have to make do.
And I’ve discovered the art of freezing cooked pasta.
What a HUGE time saver this is for me! See, for whatever reason, it takes a good 20 minutes to get my water to a boil (at least!) and then the 10 minutes or so of cooking. JUST FOR THE PASTA. Plus it makes the kitchen pretty dang hot and steamy, and in case you’ve forgotten, I live in PARADISE, where it’s hot and steamy already.
Heh. I’ve got to tell you, this is Brilliant. With a capital B! Huge thank you to Jackie for sharing this tip over and over on her site!!
Cook up your pasta. Ahhh, what the heck, cook up a double or triple batch if you’d like!
Drain in a strainer and run a little bit of olive oil over the top. Now, don’t be like Hubby and drown the stuff, you just want a LIGHT coating to keep it from sticking too badly.
Once it’s cooled, place in large ziploc bags and lay flat (hey, don’t stuff it in there, try to do meal portions, ok??) in the freezer to freeze.
**Close your eyes and visualize a ziptop ziploc bag full of pasta, will ya? I seem to have misplaced the picture!**
When ready to use, just take the bag out in the morning, toss in your box to thaw in the fridge and heat up in a bit of hot water OR just toss in the microwave with a little water in the bowl (do not heat in plastic bag, that’s just WRONG!) …
I think this is one of those things that needs to be kept in the freezer for a QUICK fix!
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