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#1 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 24 October 2018 - 11:40 AM

I’ve made carrot cake for DD to take to school (she needs the energy badly), and I want to slice it up and freeze it so I can get out single slices. In the past I would have just wrapped each slice in glad wrap, but that’s not really acceptable to me anymore. But I’m not sure what will allow me to take out individual slices and not get them frozen together. I’d love your suggestions please.

#2 daisy007

Posted 24 October 2018 - 11:43 AM

Freeze them on a tray and then pop them all together in a container once frozen. I’ve started doing this with muffins and it’s working well.

#3 Riotproof

Posted 24 October 2018 - 11:49 AM

You know the plastic backing on puff pastry and whatnot, I reuse that for putting between layers in containers in the freezer.

I still use plastic wrap for cupcakes that I'm freezing because I freeze them for a while.

#4 livelifelovehappy

Posted 24 October 2018 - 11:49 AM

I have a couple of very large freezer bags (they're plastic, which isn't great, but we wash them up and re-use them).

I do this for muffins, I find that muffins work better than cake, but slices also will work. I usually use any cake recipe, banana bread etc, but do muffins instead. I use the reusable silicone patty cases, and I take those off before I freeze them.

If you can put them in the bag, not touching, and then lay them flat for the initial freeze, then you can stand the bag up and they won't all clump together.

Then to take them to school, I pop them in their containers, frozen. By afternoon tea and lunch time, they've defrosted. This means taking no rubbish to school, too, and works well.

#5 ali-song

Posted 24 October 2018 - 11:52 AM

I agree with freezing flat, then reconstructing the loaf. Perhaps also a small square of baking paper between each one?

#6 2_little_boys

Posted 24 October 2018 - 11:53 AM

Freeze flat on a tray then transfer to a larger container once frozen.

#7 barrington

Posted 24 October 2018 - 11:55 AM

I put them in a plastic container with a piece of baking paper between the slices.

#8 Caribou

Posted 24 October 2018 - 12:08 PM

Flora and fauna sell reusable wraps that allow you to wrap the pieces and freeze.

Slice it up, wrap all A’s one, freeze and snap off pieces as you go and rewrap.
https://www.floraand...co-kitchen-wrap

Edited by Caribou, 24 October 2018 - 12:11 PM.


#9 (feral)epg

Posted 24 October 2018 - 12:17 PM

Can I just say how happy it makes me that people are asking these questions - and getting multiple responses!
Good work EB

#10 livelifelovehappy

Posted 24 October 2018 - 12:21 PM

View Post(feral)epg, on 24 October 2018 - 12:17 PM, said:

Can I just say how happy it makes me that people are asking these questions - and getting multiple responses!
Good work EB

I agree! I now try not to send anything in packets or wrap at all, and it's actually so easy (as long as I have time to prepare for the week). But I figure, even sending tiny teddies in a container from the box instead of those individual packets is a step in the right direction...

#11 Seven of Nine

Posted 24 October 2018 - 12:25 PM

I had the same conundrum.

Now I cut the cake/brownies up on a chopping board and pop the whole thing, board and all, into a snap lock freezer bag and into the freezer. I only have the one freezer bag and I reuse it.

Then I snap off a piece and pop it straight into the lunchbox - no wrapping.

#12 Caribou

Posted 24 October 2018 - 12:29 PM

View Postlivelifelovehappy, on 24 October 2018 - 12:21 PM, said:



I agree! I now try not to send anything in packets or wrap at all, and it's actually so easy (as long as I have time to prepare for the week). But I figure, even sending tiny teddies in a container from the box instead of those individual packets is a step in the right direction...

Plus it’s half the price of the packaged teddies.

#13 theboys2

Posted 24 October 2018 - 12:31 PM

i premake my sons sandwiches for the week but what could i do for this? at the moment i freeze in glad wrap but then unwrap and cut and put in his lunch box without the wrapping.. i find if i put them in freezer without a cover it goes frosty and doesnt defrost as well?

suggestions?

#14 Seven of Nine

Posted 24 October 2018 - 12:34 PM

View Posttheboys2, on 24 October 2018 - 12:31 PM, said:

i premake my sons sandwiches for the week but what could i do for this? at the moment i freeze in glad wrap but then unwrap and cut and put in his lunch box without the wrapping.. i find if i put them in freezer without a cover it goes frosty and doesnt defrost as well?

suggestions?

I think you'd need to do a bit of experimentation. What about five snap lock bags, each of which you put a sandwich in rather than the plastic wrap? You could keep them in the freezer and wash them every few weeks. Not eliminating plastic, but greatly reducing it.

#15 JBH

Posted 24 October 2018 - 12:45 PM

I have a set of ziplock bags we use for freezing single serve baked goods, and I ask the children to bring them home, shake out the crumbs and use them over and over.

For sandwiches we use beeswax wraps, because I feel the fillings mean hot soapy water is required, rather than a bit of a shake.

#16 born.a.girl

Posted 24 October 2018 - 12:59 PM

Our adult daughter takes banana muffins to work, frozen.

I used any small 'plastic' bags that are too small to use as doggy bags: oats, rice etc., also veggie bags with the little holes - a few little holes are not going to matter.

#17 amdirel

Posted 24 October 2018 - 01:08 PM

I freeze on a tray then package together once frozen. Usually I use a ziplock bag because my freezer isn't big enough for containers. One of these days I'm going to buy some reusable silicone ziplock bags.

#18 Grrrumbles

Posted 24 October 2018 - 01:14 PM

Cereal bags cut up are great for freezing.

#19 *Andi*

Posted 24 October 2018 - 02:39 PM

I do the freezing on a tray or plate unwrapped, then transfer to a container once frozen. I also have some flatter containers I can put one row of muffins etc straight into. They probably don't taste quite as good as if they were wrapped, but it's all my kids know and they're fine with it. They go straight into their bento boxes and into the fridge the night before.

#20 wannabe30

Posted 24 October 2018 - 03:38 PM

View Post*Andi*, on 24 October 2018 - 02:39 PM, said:

I do the freezing on a tray or plate unwrapped, then transfer to a container once frozen. I also have some flatter containers I can put one row of muffins etc straight into. They probably don't taste quite as good as if they were wrapped, but it's all my kids know and they're fine with it. They go straight into their bento boxes and into the fridge the night before.

This is exactly what I do. Except in summer I pop them in the lunchbox frozen in the mornings. They thaw by lunchtime and help keep everything else cool in the meantime.

#21 Babetty

Posted 24 October 2018 - 03:52 PM

View Posttheboys2, on 24 October 2018 - 12:31 PM, said:

i premake my sons sandwiches for the week but what could i do for this? at the moment i freeze in glad wrap but then unwrap and cut and put in his lunch box without the wrapping.. i find if i put them in freezer without a cover it goes frosty and doesnt defrost as well?

suggestions?

I freeze the sandwiches in plastic sandwich boxes - I have both Tupperware sandwich keepers and cartoon character Zaki ones from the supermarket. Then pop the sandwich box and all into insulated lunch bags / boxes

#22 Rowenas Necklace

Posted 24 October 2018 - 04:01 PM

I use a sandwich box in the freezer, and baking paper between slices with a bunch of frozen stuff in one container for slices, muffins etc. Once they're frozen they don't stick, so just keeping them separate before they freeze makes it easier.

#23 amdirel

Posted 24 October 2018 - 04:03 PM

For sandwiches I love the look of the Onya sandwich wraps. I imagine they'd be great for freezing individual sandwiches. My kids hate sandwiches though, so I'm afraid I don't have this problem...

#24 Caribou

Posted 24 October 2018 - 04:15 PM

View Postamdirel, on 24 October 2018 - 04:03 PM, said:

For sandwiches I love the look of the Onya sandwich wraps. I imagine they'd be great for freezing individual sandwiches. My kids hate sandwiches though, so I'm afraid I don't have this problem...

I have this. They’re fantastic for wraps :) DD isn’t a fan of sandwiches so we use them for wraps. It’s the perfect size and shape. So flexible.

#25 Nobodyelse

Posted 24 October 2018 - 04:54 PM

Wow. I'm so jealous of all your freezers that fit whole trays of cake. No snark. Completely genuinely jealous.




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