Freezing chicken breast

We use a lot of chicken breast.
I typically buy large packs and then portion them up to freeze.
I’m trying ( like many others) to reduce my use of plastic bags.
Currently I’m finding it easier to use small plastic/freezer/sandwich bags to portion up the meat - both on convenience and storage in the freezer.
What other methods are the lovely forumites using to freeze fresh meat? 
 TIA
Grocery spends £193.44/ £70 per week or £303 per month
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  • Blackandgold_2Blackandgold_2 Forumite
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    I'm very similar to you @dollypeeps in that I open freeze meat first and then keep it in a labelled bag. 
  • NathaliaNathalia Forumite
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    I use plastic Chinese takeaway boxes which I then wash in the dishwasher.  Some of them are years old now.
  • dollypeepsdollypeeps Forumite
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    Nathalia said:
    I use plastic Chinese takeaway boxes which I then wash in the dishwasher.  Some of them are years old now.
    @Nathalia
    I’ve got some of those plastic containers. Do you find that they go brittle at all? 
    Grocery spends £193.44/ £70 per week or £303 per month
  • YoungBlueEyesYoungBlueEyes Forumite
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    I do the same as you dollypeeps. Raw meat into portions, into a sandwich bag, squidge the air out, and into the freezer. I like the sandwich bags that are resealable, keeps the moisture in. 
    I don't make the same mistake twice. I like to make it 5 or 6 times, you know, just to be sure.
  • NathaliaNathalia Forumite
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    @dollypeeps, yes they do go brittle eventually, but they get used many times before that.  First for divvying up meat we've bought, then freezing fruit we've grown or picked and when they are in a sorry state I use them to stand toilet roll middles in and sow broad bean or pea seeds in the toilet roll middles - like a chap version of those RootTrainer things which I would love to have but refuse to buy!


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    KxMxKxMx Forumite
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    edited 22 September at 9:23PM
    I'll usually wrap individual pieces in cling film then freeze. 
    Once unwrapped the film gets wiped with a soapy cloth at the end of my washing up, dried and taken to a soft plastics recycling point once I've filled a bread bag. 
  • bouicca21bouicca21 Forumite
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    I too wrap in cling film then store in freezer bags.  Would love to learn how to do it differently.  We don’t have soft plastics recycling here and I know the ‘landfill’ is burned.  The freezer bags get washed and reused.
  • edited 23 September at 12:32AM
    KxMxKxMx Forumite
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    edited 23 September at 12:32AM
    My local council doesn't take soft plastics, but most supermarkets offer recycling points for it. 

    https://www.recyclenow.com/recycle-an-item 


  • RobM99RobM99 Forumite
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    Nathalia said:
    I use plastic Chinese takeaway boxes which I then wash in the dishwasher.  Some of them are years old now.
    Hoew about the aluminium ones?
    Watching the £Pound collapse! Pass the Dollar, Euro, Dong.
  • edited 23 September at 1:00AM
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    edited 23 September at 1:00AM
    Couldn't you just open freeze and then they can all go in one storage bag/box. Like the already frozen chicken breasts bought from Iceland. Or repurpose margarine tubs or cereal bags. 
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