When you're cooking for two the freezer is one of your greatest assets. Not only because sometimes you have to buy more of something than you need for a particular meal, but also because using your freezer is a great way of reducing the amount of cooking you have to do. This collection of tips will help you take the greatest advantage of your ice-box.
1. Broth and SauceI usually make my own chicken and beef stock, which I then store in the freezer in pint plastic bags, each holding one cup of stock and labeled with the contents and date. (I do the same with my homemade tomato sauce, which I make in 2 quart quantities and freeze.) Nevertheless, I sometimes run out of homemade stock so I keep canned stock in my pantry. Same deal, if I only use half a can of store-bought chicken stock I label and freeze whatever is leftover.
2. Family PacksBuying just two chicken breasts, two Italian sausages, or two pork chops can be difficult or expensive in many areas. I go ahead and buy a package and freeze the remainder. I wrap each individual breast , sausage, or chop in plastic and store them in a single, labeled freezer bag in the freezer. By wrapping the pieces individually I can pull only one or two breasts or sausages out to thaw at a time.
When I buy bulk breakfast sausage, I cut it into patties, wrap each individually, and then freeze the lot. An advantage to this is I can buy the expensive but supremely good local Benton's sausage and have just a patty or two when I want it. (And by the way, some of the frozen biscuits now available are pretty good and also enable you to only cook a few at a time.)