The Great American FreshOver Project with Ziploc® and Rachael Ray

What an exciting honor, to be a part of The Great American FreshOver Project with Ziploc® Brand, launching this month.

As a home entertainer, I’m always on the lookout for ways to keep things fresh in the kitchen. I’ve written for the Family Economics blog in the past, and I’m excited about this new project which will show American families everywhere that eating fresh can also be convenient.

That’s how my family eats fresh.  For us to be able to teach others, fresh really needs to start in our kitchens, in our homes, and with our kids.

Ziploc® is committed to helping families find easy ways to eat fresh, but here’s the FANTASTIC NEWS:

Ziploc® has now partnered with Food Network personality Rachael Ray, who’s helping launch this national campaign and who will be sharing her recipes and secrets for preparing fresh foods.

I can’t wait to learn more of Rachael’s tips!

I appreciate how Rachael doesn’t claim to be a chef, but proclaims that she is a “cook.” I feel the same way, although my kids at times think I am a chef. HA!  Our college-aged son Elliot loves my cooking and recently I made a huge pot of rice, quinoa, beans, and ground turkey (with yummy spices) and sent a couple of Ziploc® Brand bags plus 2 pans of enchiladas to college with him.

Lucky boy.

Elliot’s learned the value of eating healthy, but he had to be taught. It doesn’t come naturally to kids, that is for sure.

Fresh food, divided up, some frozen, some used right away, some sent to college.



To learn more, there will also be other campaign items on the Ziploc® Facebook page.

Finally, as a part of the FreshOver mission, Ziploc® will be donating to Rachael Ray’s non-profit organization – Yum-O!, which is dedicated to helping children across the country develop positive attitudes towards eating fresh. I love this!

Families can support the cause by “pledging” to start their family’s FreshOver project by “liking” the Ziploc® Brand Facebook page, downloading Rachael’s exclusive FreshOver Recipe Guide on

With every download, up to a maximum of 50,000 downloads, between 1/1/12 and 12/31/13, Ziploc® Brand will make a $1 donation to Rachael Ray’s Yum-O! organization on the fans behalf, for up to a maximum $50,000 donation. To further support Yum-O!, Rachael Ray and Ziploc® will donate an additional $200,000 during the same time period, no matter how many guides are downloaded.

Lastly, there are going to be some cool giveaway opportunities: A year-long supply of Ziploc® Brand Products!

Can you even imagine?

Do you ever cook healthy meals for your family, doubling the recipe and saving half for future use?

*I have partnered with Ziploc® and am being compensated for my posts. However, my opinions on the product are my own.

14 comments on “The Great American FreshOver Project with Ziploc® and Rachael Ray”

  1. Congrats, Sandy! That’s awesome. I just happen to love Zipoc products and use them almost daily.

  2. What a great program and cause! We are definitely a fresh family. When it comes to meals, we plan, and purchase only what we are going to use. We do sometimes still have leftovers that we will eat for lunch. I am fortunate that my kids have always been healthy eaters for the most part, preferring fruits and veggies. But, with our youngest daughter’s diagnosis of migraines we had to become even more aware of what we were eating! And I agree, the younger kids start eating healthy the easier it is, it becomes a lifestyle.

  3. Sounds like a great project. If you have Ziplock’s “ear” can you ask them what happened to PINT sized freezer bags? As a family of two that was my favorite size for freezing leftovers. I can’t find them anywhere.


  4. Congratulations on being part of such a great cause! We (my hubby & I) committed to a lifestyle change this year. It’s not that we ate unhealthy, it just needed improvement. After a move a few months ago, we now have many more options for buying fresh and organic & do that as much as we can. We are trying to consume as few processed food & beverage items as possible. We are definitely feeling more healthy for our efforts.

  5. Hi Sandy,

    I love this idea too! I liked their page the other day. I use so many Ziplock bags – much in the same way you do – and they are a meal time lifesaver. A year’s supply! Oh my! That would be great. :-) it’s wonderful that Ziplock and Rachel Ray want to encourage folks to eat fresh food. It’s so important to good health…and having containers and plastic bags at the ready makes storage and retrieval a lot easier.

    One thing that I absolutely love using Ziplock bags for…and this might sound funny…is for storing chicken feet! I love to make stock and chicken feet make the best stock. I store about six chicken feet in a quart size bag and then put a few bags into a gallon size bag and plop them into the freezer. It keeps them corralled and easy for me to pull out when I want to make stock…and having them all corralled in one bag saves my family the fright of accidentally stumbling upon a lone bag of chicken feet when looking for the ice cream! LOL!!!

    I also use Ziplock bags outside the kitchen as well. I keep a few boxes of different sizes in my trunk to be prepared to hold all sorts of things…wet bathing suits, dirty shoes, roadside treasures that boys always seem to find…! LOL!!! They come in so handy. I also use them when I pack to keep things separated.

    Thanks for letting us all know about this!

    Have a great day.



  6. How fun for you- awesome.
    Great ideas thanks!

  7. I haven’t necessarily doubled to save for later, however I have started making our own homemade frozen burritos!

  8. So many great ideas!!! What a fun project!

  9. I use Ziploc all the time — They are the only ture Zip in their field….
    can you tell us where we can purchase the Mexican Spice Blend and your bean&rice receipe. Would love to make this for collegee kids /super bowl party.

  10. Congratulations, Sandy! How cool to team up with Rachael and with Ziploc!! Isn’t it amazing how we use the term “Ziploc” as if it were a generic term? The SCJ folks must know they have a good brand on their hands!

    Question: have you published a recipe for that bean/quinoa dish? It looks yummy!

  11. Sandy, pleeeeease post your quinoa recipe! I have tried to make it a couple times, but didn’t really like it all that well. It seemed a little bland. I’d love to try whatever that combination is that looks so delicious in the picture!

  12. Hmmm, now I wish I was coming over for dinner! :-) Congrats on the new opportunity to share your great ideas!!

  13. Thats fantastic! Congrats Sandy!

  14. Please post the recipe for that Quinoa!!! It looks amazing.

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