DIY Reusable Freezer Bags

By Liesl Clark

DIY Freezer Bag? A Reusable Double-Ziploc Bag System. Easy. Photo © Liesl Clark

DIY Freezer Bag? A Reusable Double-Ziploc Bag System. Easy. Photo © Liesl Clark

Ziploc bags lie firmly in the categories of reusable and washable in our household. They’re treated just like a glass jar or container, are washed after each use, hung to dry, and reused over and over again until they no longer work and are recycled with other plastic bags. You can make your own bag dryer, or buy one through Gaiam. We haven’t bought a resealable bag in over 4 years as a result. They’re one of the 50 things you never need to buy.

Gaiam Bag Dryer, Photo © Liesl Clark

Gaiam Bag Dryer, Photo © Liesl Clark

Ziploc freezer bags? We make our own. “Freezer bags” are more expensive than other resealable bags, simply because they’re a little thicker. So, how might you prevent freezer burn on your favorite foods without buying unnecessary freezer bags?

We use our home made bag system for freezing about 50 lbs of blackberries we pick each summer, or for the shredded zucchini we bag up (no cooking!) and then freeze to later put into our pancakes or everyday bread recipe.

Simply double bag any ziploc-style bags you have! That’s it. We reuse our flour tortilla bags that zip closed or any resealable bags we have.

Frozen zucchini in our DIY Freezer Bag System. Photo © Liesl Clark

Frozen zucchini in our DIY Freezer Bag System. Photo © Liesl Clark

Done! There’s your freezer bag, a double bag set-up that will withstand months of freezer time.

Simply pull your zucchini or berries out when you’re ready to thaw them and put them in a bowl in the fridge until they thaw.

Freezer Bag Frozen Zucchini Set in a Bowl to Thaw in the Fridge.

Freezer Bag Frozen Zucchini Set in a Bowl to Thaw in the Fridge.

Throw your thawed veggies or fruit into a jar and you have frozen fresh berries or zucchini for use in baking or smoothies.

Fresh Bread With Some Frozen Shredded Zucchini in It. Kids Love it.

Fresh Bread With Some Frozen Shredded Zucchini in It. Kids Love it.

I recommend this method when you don’t have enough room in the freezer for glass jars filled with your favorite frozen foods. We freeze all liquids in glass, but plastic bags are used for berries and shredded veggies, as well as whole leaf kale for use in smoothies when it isn’t kale season (it’s always kale season here.)

Now that you’re on a roll, want to check out some other Ziploc bag reuses? Visit our Trash Backwards app:

Click Through For More Ziploc Bag Reuses at Trash Backwards

Click Through For More Ziploc Bag Reuses at Trash Backwards

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7 Comments on “DIY Reusable Freezer Bags”

  1. Camilla
    May 4, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    Do you re-use bags that held meat? If so, how do you ensure that they are sanitized?

    • May 4, 2013 at 8:43 am #

      Hi Camilla. We don’t eat much meat. But I have washed out some meat bags for reuse in the past. I just turn it inside out and wash it just as I would a cutting board or anything else I put meat on. Thanks for asking. — Liesl

  2. May 7, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    We do the same thing! I also use mine for storing meat and wash them out just like I would anything else, drying them in the sun to kill bacteria. My heart jumps for joy when I find write ups like this! Keep up the good work! :)

    • May 7, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

      Hi Jennifer: Thanks a million for the encouragement. It’s so important we all share in our efforts to reduce our plastics use. Each voice just gives empowerment for the next to speak up and share.
      All the best,
      Liesl

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