Useful freezing tools most likely already live in your kitchen. Sharp knives, a cutting board, bowls, a rubber spatula, a peeler, measuring cups and spoons, and a strainer may all come into play. But a few other items are essential or optional yet helpful when freezing foods.
- Zip-close bags of various sizes: Bags are ideal for most foods because you have more flexibility in how full you fill each bag and how you fit all bags in your freezer.
- Freezer containers of various sizes: Containers that withstand the freezer’s cold temperatures may be needed for liquid items, such as stocks.
- Ice cube tray: I love ice cube trays for pesto, curry paste, and liquids I use in small amounts. A standard plastic tray produces 14 1-ounce cubes.
- Permanent marker: My mom used to slide slips of paper into each freezer bag while it was at room temperature, but I find permanent markers work best for labeling and dating today’s bags; stick a piece of masking tape to a container and label using the same marker.