A couple of years ago my husband and I realized that we couldn’t fit enough into our freezer to accommodate our growing family.I passed up good sales sometimes just because I had nowhere to put the food when I bought it. So we decided to invest in a freezer. In two years we’ve saved enough to pay for several freezers!
Here are some of the things you can freeze to save money and/or time:
Breads: store-bought loaves, homemade breads, rolls, biscuits, muffins just about any type of bread freezes great
Pancakes and waffles freeze well…you can either flash freeze them on a cookie sheet then place in a zip-lock bag or you can place a piece of wax paper between each one to keep them from sticking.
I think most people already freeze meats but you might not think to freeze hot dogs, bacon, precooked hamburger, chicken or turkey.
If you have herbs that are about to go bad or just too many to use you can chop them and place them in freezer bags. That way you can pull out the amount you want when you need it. Some good examples are: jalepenos, basil, peppers, chives (no blanching is necessary for any of these).
You can also freeze cheese, butter, milk, and soymilk. Be sure and let liquids thaw completely and shake them up before using.
I’ve heard people say that you can only freeze eggs by separating the yolks and whites and mixing in a little salt and sugar with them. My family has been freezing eggs for a while by just placing a few in a container and freezing.
Here they are frozen.
If you decide to freeze cream cheese, remember the texture changes so it might not work so well in some dishes.
Cooked pasta, rice, soups chili and stew freeze well. You can also freeze nuts and coffee to extend their freshness.
Most vegetables will freeze, though some need a little blanching. Potatoes do not freeze well, they tend to mush. Bananas are great to freeze if you are saving them to bake with.
I hope that my list is helpful to you. I know there are a lot of you that have seen most of this before, but there may be one or two items on the list that you weren’t aware of.
So, what do you freeze?
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