Inspired by this comment:
Try to replace [ziplock bags] with something else, and reuse the ones you have until they fall apart. I haven't used ziplock bags in over 5 years and haven't missed them. – lemontwist
We raise and process our own chickens and guinea hens and store them, whole, in large plastic freezer bags in a chest freezer.
What are alternatives for storing whole frozen poultry that don't involve plastic bags?
Suggestions should meet these requirements:
- Readily available in the US
- Reliably preserve meat in the freezer without loss of quality for up to 12 months
- Not make a mess during thawing/defrosting of the meat
- Not consume large amounts of extra space in the freezer
In the kitchen I generally reach for glass bowls for storing food instead of plastic bags, but (a) I think meat will tend to freezer burn in a bowl and (b) it would take up a lot of extra space.
(Note: I'm aware that there are other, possibly more sustainable, ways of preserving meat without using the freezer; I'm simply looking for alternatives to the plastic bags at the moment.)