Freeze! I have a gun! I mean mason jar.
Which works out well for all of us because a mason jar will work much better for what I’m about to show you. A gun would just be … messy. As guns often are.
Speaking of Tupperware (or the no-name reasonable facsimile I have in my drawers), I don’t like it. I never have equal amounts of lids and receptacles. Ever. And unless you only buy one type of container with one type of lid nothing ever stacks neatly together forcing me to assemble the equivalent of a Chinese puzzle every time I unload the dishwasher and try to put it away.
It’s a great brain exercise and all, but it often ends with me just putting a whole whack of clean Tupperware back into the dishwasher.
The most recent trouble with this plastic stuff is you’re not supposed to heat anything up in it. I heat stuff up in plastic all the time by the way, I just tell people they’re not supposed to. If I’m dealing with someone I know to be particularly judgemental or argumentative I usually lie and tell them I *never* heat things up in plastic. Seriously. Who wants to deal with that kind of nattering? Not me.
But the truth is … I’m becoming a convert. A little bit. I *do* still heat things up in plastic but when I do it I stand at the microwave with a condemning look on my face, arms crossed, thinking This is bad. This is probably very bad. I really shouldn’t be doing this. *Ding*! Yay! Chili’s ready! And then I go back to my regular thoughts about whether skinny jeans really are on the way out and whether I could get through the food challenges on The Amazing Race.
The final thing I don’t like about Tupperware is it isn’t cute. No one ever looks at a plastic bowl and lid and thinks Wow … that looks so nice. Half the reason I love canning so much is because I love the look of mason jars lined up on my shelves. They’re a certain nostalgic beauty about them. They genuinely make my day better. They make me happy.
If you are the same … this little tip should make you even happier.
Most people have no other option but to freeze leftovers in Tupperware. I am here to tell you that’s not true. You can freezer your leftovers in mason jars.
YES! YES YOU CAN!
The only stipulation is you have to used genuine mason jars, not the jars you get with your jarred spaghetti sauce and stuff. PLUS the mason jar can’t have “shoulders”. The sides have to be straight up and down. Like those on a wide mouth mason jar.
When food freezes it expands, and if your jar has “shoulders” there’s a good chance the glass will break from the pressure. Straight sided jars won’t do this.
Wide Mouth Mason Jar
Just fill your jar.
In this case, I’m filling it with leftover Gramma’s Spaghetti & Meatballs.
This 500 ml. jar holds 6 meatballs and a good amount of sauce.
Leave 1/2″ to 1″ of headspace to allow for the expansion of the food that will occur when it freezes.
Pop it in the freezer. Then when you wanna eat it, pop it out, remove the lid and pop it in the microwave. There’s a lot of popping that goes on with this process.
They’re safe for heating in, the lids always fit and they look good.
Oh. And when you take them out of the dishwasher … they’re always completely dry. No shaking them dry, no hand drying, no leaving them on the counter until they’re dry enough to put away. Suck on that Tupperware. And you too, reasonable no-name facsimile.