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Non-disposable freezer storrage options?

Does anyone have ideas for freezer storage that are non-disposable (like zip-lock bags) but don't take up too much space? I need to fill a small freezer with homemade dog food and I hate using gallon plastic bags, but I can't find any other options. Ideas?

asked by lloreen 4 months ago

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cv
cv
added 4 months ago

At delicatessens and grocery stores in my area (SF Bay Area), the plastic pint containers are used rather frequently:

https://www.amazon.com...

The ones pictured are pint sized, but they are available in 1-quart capacity.

What I have been using at home for the past 20+ years are the square versions similar to these:

https://www.amazon.com...

both in 1-pint and 1.5-pint sizes. I don't know the brand name, I buy them at the local hardware store and replace them every five years or so. I use the square ones since they are a bit more space efficient.

My guess is that larger capacity sizes are available, from the same company or one of their competitors.

Another option: at least in my area, there's a consumer plastic products company called Glad:

https://www.glad.com

They market a wide variety of reusable plastic containers. I don't know if they are available in your area but they are easy to find in SF Bay Area grocery stores, hardware stores, drug stores, etc.

Best of luck.

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cv
cv
added 4 months ago

Another option to consider is a brand of plastic product called Tupperware.

This is a seventy year old brand that pioneered the concept of direct marketing using what was called a "Tupperware party." I believe there are still Tupperware parties; the direct marketing concept has spread to many other product categories such as cosmetics and personal care items.

I remember my neighbors holding these parties when I was growing up in the Seventies.

I don't know if these direct marketing events are held in your area but that is another option.

cv
cv
added 4 months ago

Ah, I keep recalling other options.

There's another brand called Rubbermaid. It is well represented in many stores in the SF Bay Area. It is also sold in a chain of hardware stores called Home Depot which I believe has a wider distribution area than our regional grocery and hardware stores.

This Home Depot chain also sells similar items from competitors:

https://www.homedepot.com...

Again, I hope this helps you find suitable products for your usage case.

Best of luck.

Smaug
added 4 months ago

The Glad containers are a good buy, but the tops do become very brittle in the freezer; I seem to recall they did something funny-maybe deforming, don't remember- in the microwave, too.

louisez
added 4 months ago

You can find reusable silicone bags on Amazon. They're like zip-lock bags. I'm not sure about sizes.

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Alyssa
added 4 months ago

I save peanut butter jars and freeze everything from soup to sauce to breadcrumbs in them.

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arcane54
added 4 months ago

You can also freeze in canning jars. They’re not quite as space-efficient as ziplocks, by they’re reusable!

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Smaug
added 4 months ago

Probably won't work with dog food, but Ziploc freezer bags can be used many times. They usually eventually split on the sides up near the zipper.

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ktr
ktr
added 4 months ago

I have square plastic containers similar to these that I use in the freezer. I like using square containers so there is less wasted space between them. Mine also nest inside each other for easy storage and stack nicely in the freezer. https://www.amazon.com...

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Stephanie G
added 4 months ago

Looks like you're covered on answers for storage...I'm interested in your dog food recipe. I have made homemade dog chicken stew for my German Shepherd... it's so much food prep! I truly commend you for the effort. Would you share your recipe?

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