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Put Your Freezer to Good Use to Save Money
If you have unused freezer space, you’re throwing money away! There are so many food you can freeze that you’ve probably never thought of, and buying on sale to freeze and use later will save you money in the long run. Plus, it eliminates food waste; if something is about to go bad or you have too much of it, just freeze it for later. Here’s a list of foods you’ve probably never thought about putting in your freezer.
- Butter. Buy extra when it’s on sale and store it in the freezer for later.
- Leftovers. Don’t throw away your dinner leftovers. Pack them into freezer bags or freezer containers and save them for another meal. Even if there isn’t much left, freeze it anyway to add to soup or a slow cooker recipe later.
- Cheese. Grated cheese freezes best. Blocks tend to crumble after they are frozen so grate them first before freezing.
- Cookies and cookie dough. If you don’t want to eat a whole batch of cookies, roll the remaining dough into balls and freeze them. That way, you can take out just what you want later and bake them off.
- Freezer meals. Make your own version of frozen dinners. Prepare your favorite recipes and portion them out into containers so you have them for a quick meal later.
- Bread. Homemade or store bought bread freezes nicely as well as tortillas, buns and pita bread.
- Diced onions and peppers. Get your recipe starters together and pack them in freezer. Portion them out into freezer bags so you only need to defrost what you need for each recipe.
- Meat. Buy meat when it’s on sale and freeze it for later, this will save you lots of money down the road. You can freeze your meat in large packages or repackage it into smaller portions.
- Caramelized onions. You can make caramelized onions in your slow cooker then freeze them in smaller foil packages. They are a quick defrost for delicious burger toppings or on grilled cheese.
- Pasta. Yes, you can freeze cooked pasta if you have extra. Either by itself or with sauce, both ways are fine.
- Smoothie ingredients. If you like smoothies, buy fresh fruit when it’s on sale, cut it up and freeze for smoothies. You can even go one step further and prepare individual smoothie bags with various fruit so you can make a smoothie in seconds.
- Tomato sauce. Anything tomato based (tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, diced tomatoes, etc) freezes well. If you make your own spaghetti sauce, freeze it in 2 cup freezer bag portions so you always have pasta sauce at the ready.