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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I didn't know you could freeze eggs! I was just telling Hubby tonight that I have to portion almost every food item now to freeze because we don't eat everything like we did when all the kids were home.We are getting our oldest daughter and her family a "family" gift for Christmas this year, a freezer. She really needs one and her kids have so many toys, clothes – her friends give her hand me down everything. I hesitated to ask, but when I did I was so glad because she was thrilled. Of course I still get to do my specialty – matching PJs and stocking stuffers. That will never change.:)
Eggs…wow never knew that. I freeze a lot too. Now we just bought a mini freezer to have out in the garage so I will be freezing more. I hate grocery shopping, so stocking up will be easier now.
I LOVE this list!!! Thank you so much!We've been talking about getting an extra freezer for the very same reasons!I LOVE making meals and freezing them and then finding them and heating and eating them!! Everything in our teeny freezer gets shoved into the back…it's too small for our family!!!And thank you for stopping over at my blog….I'm hoping to do something a little more worthy of people's time!!! At some point!Have a great night! It's nice to see you too!~Kolein
Great ideas! I stared freezing herbs and that's helped us save a lot of money because we were always throwing out the rotten extras. I also started freezing extra muffins and bread when we have too much so that's been a great way to save too.
Oh wow, these are definitely great ideas. I had no idea about the eggs! I'll be using that tip, as we're always stuck with eggs near their final end date.
this is so handy!! great to keep in mind! ya learn something new everyday 🙂
I LOOOVE freezing the preserving food for later use. The savings and convenience is just beautiful!