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Aug 31, 2009 05:28 PM

How do you freeze your stock?

Made a big pot of chicken stock and froze in individual quart-sized freezer bags, about 2 cups per bag. The bags are now sitting in a baking dish in the freezer until frozen through in case anything leaks out. This seemed like a bit of a messy way to portion out the stock. Anybody have any better ideas?

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  1. plastic containers, always. ladle the stock in, leaving a little space at the top to accommodate for expansion, and seal the entire container inside a large freezer (heavy-duty) zipper bag.

    1. I freeze mine in Ziploc Twist 'n Loc containers. I used both the 2 cup and the quart containers. These are the same containers we use for our soup club. Sometimes I will reuse the soup containers from Chinese restaurants.

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      1. re: malisa0607

        Re-using takeout containers is a good idea. I just don't have that many plastic containers to store in the freezer for several weeks. I'd love to find a way to make 1-2 cup discs, and then store all the discs together in a ziplock bag, if that makes any sense.

        1. re: nmurawsk

          I think I understand what you want. I've never tried making 1 or 2 cup disks with stock but I do freeze demi glace and leftover wine in ice cube trays. Once they are frozen, I remove them and store in a freezer bag (or tupperware container). I think it can work if you adapt this technique to make larger "ice cubes." I think the key is finding the container for freezing. I'm not sure if you can find an ice cube tray that makes larger cubes.

          Some possible ideas:

          1. Use one of those silicone baking molds (i think the cupcake or the sheet of mini loaves will work) to freeze your stock. Once frozen, pop them out and then store in freezer bags.

          2. Freeze stock in round 1 or 2 cup containers and once they are frozen, submerge them in hot water to loosen the frozen stock and then transfer to freezer bags for storage. Alternatively you can probably line the inside of a container with plastic wrap to make it easier to remove the frozen disk.

          The Ziploc Twist 'n Loc containers are really inexpensive. I buy them on sale and I pay about $1 each. I must have about 20 to 30 of them in both the 2 cup and quart sizes. They are reusable. I avoid using Ziploc bags whenever possible. They are really difficult to reuse and I hate the idea of throwing them out.

        2. re: malisa0607

          See what a good excuse we all have to buy Baskin-Robbins hand-dipped Jamoca Almond Fudge by the quart. Their sturdy containers with those pink tops are perfect for freezing soup.

        3. This is a superior way of storing frozen stock, because you can open the bag when frozen to press out all remaining air, which enables you to store longer without the freezer burn that eventually afflicts stock frozen in containers, because there's air in the headspace.

          1. i use the same system you list. i don't put them in anything during freezing, i just lay them flat until solid then they can go anywhere in the freezer.

            when i need less than a whole bag i just hit it with a cleaver then put the remainder in another bag.

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            1. re: ScubaSteve

              Exactly. Once they're frozen solid I take them out of the 8x8 pan I've put them in, and store them standing up. AND I LABEL THEM FIRST. Very important, that.

              1. re: lemons

                i usually don't have more than chicken and beef so the color is my label.

                1. re: lemons

                  lol lemons. i found your advice of labeling very helpful and humorous....thank you. all other advices appreciated also - thanks.

              2. I just use yoghurt containers. Leave about 1 inch because the centre swells as it freezes. Easy to remove, just turn upside down and run under warm water. They release a lot faster than square sided containers.
                I don't worry about freezer burn. What is freezer burn to a stock? Once it melts it's gone. There is no detectable change in flavour - at least not to me. They fit in my freezer door stacked two high.