How To Freeze Food For Bento

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  • How To Freeze Food

    Here is a basic guide to freeze food for bento.  Once you learn how to freeze precooked meals, you can save a lot of time in the morning to make bento.

    How To Freeze Rice

    You don’t have to cook rice just to make bento.  You can defrost the frozen rice in the morning to make rice ball (onigiri) or pack in the bento box.  Click here to read how to freeze rice.

    How To Freeze Rice

    How To Freeze Pan-Fried Foods

    How To Freeze Pan-Fried Food

    Click here for Japanese Hamburger Steak (Hambagu) recipe.

    1. After cooking, cool down completely before you pack.
    2. Put them in a large airtight container or put individual serving in a small container.  You can also wrap individual amount in plastic wrap and then put it in Ziploc bag.
    3. Keep in freezer up to 3 weeks.
    4. Reheat by pan-frying or baking at 400 F degree in a toaster oven (or oven).  Let it cool completely before packing in the bento box (Why do we need to re-heat? Click here.).

    How To Freeze Deep-Fried Foods

    Freeze Chicken Katsu

    Click here for Chicken Katsu recipe.

    1. After deep frying, cool down completely before you pack.
    2. Put them in a large airtight container or put individual serving in a small container.  You can also wrap individual amount in plastic wrap and then put it in Ziploc bag.
    3. Keep in freezer up to 3 weeks.
    4. Reheat (without thawing) by baking at 400 F degree in a toaster oven (or oven) to get crispy texture back.  Let it cool completely before packing in the bento box (Why do we need to re-heat? Click here.).

    How To Freeze Vegetables

    Broccoli

    1. Blanch vegetables* till al dente and drain well/squeeze water out.
    2. Cool down completely. You can transfer blanched vegetable to iced water to save time.
    3. Pat dry with paper towel to make sure all the moisture is removed.
    4. Pack individual amount in plastic wrap and then put it in Ziploc bag, or put it in individual small container.
    5. Store in freezer up to 2-3 weeks.
    6. Pack directly into bento box (no reheat) or cook (like stir fry) while frozen.

    *Some vegetables like sliced carrot, chopped green onions, and tomatoes, do not require to be blanched.

    How To Freeze Tamagoyaki

    TamagoyakiClick here for Tamagoyaki recipe

    1. After cooking Tamagoyaki, cool down completely before you pack.
    2. Pack individual amount in plastic wrap and then put it in Ziploc bag, or put it in individual small container.
    3. Keep in freezer no more than 1-2 weeks.
    4. Pack directly into bento box (no reheat).

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