Wow, I didn't know food can last that long! Thanks for the info!
Does anyone use anything to wrap their food in besides plastic? I know it's cheap and I do use it now, but I eventually want to try to get away from using plastic at all- economy wins out at the moment, though...
i am with you on the trying not to use plastic, but in this case, if you are storing meat it is advisable. for a number of reasons, the plastic will prevent bacterial contamination and it will also exclude oxygen, so the food will keep better and for longer. Inefficently wrapped meat, suffers from freezer burn.
In general you will use less plastic if you use slightly sturdier bags rather than two thinner ones.
freezer paper is wax (or plastic) coated and so you are still using up hydrocarbons (plus trees) Aluminium foil, does not biodegrade and is hugely energy intensive to manufacture, if you recycle it, it is OK, but still not as effective as a well sealed plastic bag..
reusable plastic or glass containers are the most environmentally friendly, as long as you do reuse them....a lot!