How a Dietitian Stocks Her Freezer [Video]

If pizza and ice cream are all that come to mind when you think about your freezer—that sounds delicious, but a freezer can do much more. Our registered dietitian, Sandy Wolner, will show you how to turn your freezer into your best helper in the kitchen especially for make-ahead meals, quick weeknight meal prep, and storing leftovers. Take a peek into Sandy’s home freezer to see what kinds of foods she stocks up on, how she stores them, and even how she prevents freezer burn on her ice cream.

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This stainless steel pan is ideal for high-heat cooking, while the nonstick mesh grid makes cleanup easy. Its large capacity is great for family pasta night, too.

This pan is excellent for roasting frozen vegetables or making easy sheet pan dinners. The rolled edges and wire rims prevent it from warping in the oven.

Sandy loves these versatile containers. You can use them to store just about anything. 

Store 1-cup portions of soup, chili, and broth. Then reheat just what you need in the microwave or oven.

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Zesty Ravioli Skillet

Frozen ravioli cooks up fast and Sandy adds frozen peas and frozen spinach to make it a well-balanced weeknight meal. Sandy finds that once you thaw, drain, and dry frozen spinach, it doesn’t make pasta dishes or casseroles soggy the way fresh spinach does.

Sandy’s Tips For Freezing Foods

  • Chill food before freezing.
  • Label and date containers.
  • Freeze smaller portions so you can defrost just what you need.
  • Allow extra space in containers for liquids to expand.
  • Freeze grated cheese! Just defrost in the fridge overnight or leave on the counter for 20 minutes.

14 Responses to How a Dietitian Stocks Her Freezer [Video]

  1. Missy August 12, 2020 at 5:22 pm #

    I learned so much from Sandy’s video. I don’t know if these are done all the time, if so, please let me know when so I can watch them. Also if there are some on file…where do I find them.

  2. Barbara Schnepp August 13, 2020 at 1:38 pm #

    This was terrific! Thank you!

  3. Carolyn Norman August 13, 2020 at 1:45 pm #

    Great tips. Especially turning the plastic bag inside out to freeze chicken!

  4. ANITA HAYES August 13, 2020 at 2:47 pm #

    Thanks for all the information. I’ve always been more of a heat & go type in the kitchen but am tying to learn to cook healthier.

  5. Sherry Beck August 13, 2020 at 3:38 pm #

    Very interesting video. Didn’t know you could freeze ginger. Great idea. I like the way she organized her freezer, too. I learned a lot!

  6. Deb Morden August 13, 2020 at 6:35 pm #

    This was very informative. I really like the tips. I try and freeze things, but only have the freezer above my fridge. I used to have cookies already made and in the freezer so when I needed them for a friend or someone stops over they would be already. I can’t really to that with only the little freezer.

  7. Arlene Houdek August 13, 2020 at 7:14 pm #

    Excellent video. I like how you showed the proper way to freeze chicken without touching it.. Great use of pampered chef products.

    • Carolyn jimenez August 17, 2020 at 10:27 am #

      Thank you great tips I will use them.

  8. Susan M Black August 13, 2020 at 8:34 pm #

    Looks Yummy! I can’t wait to try this new recipe. These are some good tips for freezer storage.

  9. Karen August 14, 2020 at 6:53 am #

    Doesn’t she wash her chicken before she freezes? A butcher at the grocery store once told me to always rinse your meats and poultry

  10. Mary August 14, 2020 at 7:47 am #

    Sandy’s tips were excellent. The video is very helpful. I remember going to Pampered Chef house parties, where the Pamp Chef person did such demonstrations. It was wonderful to have these demonstrations and I tended to purchase more products.
    I would be interested in more of these videos

  11. Cindy Calvillo August 14, 2020 at 9:05 am #

    Great method to cook ravioli, in the sauce, most helpful in the summer, do not have to boil a large pot of water & heat up the kitchen.

  12. Jess March 2, 2021 at 1:40 pm #

    Excellent tips! Thank you. Especially like that you’ve highlighted fresh and frozen fruits and veggies. It’s what we need most for keeping our immune system functioning at optimal levels!

  13. Theresa June 17, 2021 at 9:12 am #

    Awesome video. I learned new ways to stock and store items in my freezer.. like grating the cheese prior to freezing. Also, I can roasted veggies that are frozen. I never thought of that. Thanks!

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