The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965, July 14, 1960, FARM and HOME section, Image 19

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    ay’s home freezer opens whole new
horizons in living and food economy. Sea
sonal items become year-round staples and
complete menus can be prepared weeks in
advance of consumption, permitting gra
cious and bountiful family living.
Here are some ideas for putting your
freezer to work which indicate the versa
tility of this wonderful appliance and the
variety it adds to meal planning. Freezer
living is not complex but so simple even
children can learn to use the freezer.
Strawberry Sequence
Washing is one of the most important steps in freezing fruits. They are
put in a colander—no more than a quart at a time—and washed un
der cold running water or with a gentle spray for not more than a
minute. Strawberries are washed before they are stemmed.
To drain fruits of excess water spread them out on a tray covered with
several thicknesses of clean absorbent toweling.
The dry sugar method of sweetening them may be done in either of
two ways. To sugar them as shown here, fruit and sugar are added to
the container alternately—first one fourth of the fruit, then one fourth
of the sugar, and so on, until the container is filled. Or the washed,
cooled and drained fruit could be transferred to a bowl, one quart at
a time, and sprinkled with sugar before packaging.
In mid-winter, you can enjoy your favorite strawberry shortcake with
the berries you froze in season.
Freezing Poultry
Poultry is one of the high protein foods that keeps exceedingly
well in the frozen state. The methods described here have pro
duced frozen poultry of excellent quality, taste and appearance.
Poultry must be protected so that it will not lose moisture or flavor
during freezing or storage. Poorly wrapped birds dry out and are
tough and dry when cooked. This condition is often called "freezer
bum". Birds also may become rancid if not wrapped properly.
Aluminum foil or polyethylene are recommended wrappers. Both
can be formed to the shape of the bird, thus eliminating air pock
ets. Use an outer wrap for extra protection.