February 26, 2009
Foods You Can Freeze
So, I am still doing the Grocery Game, still loving it. I save TONS of money, which I am learning, can be redirected in the budget to the Shoe Fund. That's right. I save money, and my feet look fabulous. It's a really good motivation.
Anyway, one of the big ways I save, is by purchasing lots of one particular item when it goes on sale. Like, an obscene amount. More than you could eat in a week or two. I am able to do this, because of that wonderful invention, the deep freezer. I have discovered, there are many foods you can freeze, in order to build your stockpile. I wouldn't have known it unless I researched it, so maybe they will surprise you, too.
-Canned biscuits. Yup, seriously. You just thaw them out in the fridge the day before you want to use them. The only ones you can't freeze are the flaky ones, or the crescent rolls. All the others are fine. I have 35 cans of Pillsbury biscuits in my freezer right now, no joke, that I paid a mere 25 or 50 cents for. It's great.
-Milk. I occasionally find this on sale, and the way we go through milk, I will definitely stock up on it. Freezes and thaws just fine!
Butter- You got it. Sticks or tubs, works just fine.
Eggs- Haven't done this one yet, because they rarely go on sale around here. However, you mix the yolk and white together, and fill an ice tray with them. Each cube equals one egg.
Cheese- shredded freezes best, can be used for recipes. A whole block doesn't work as well, but you can shred it, then freeze it.
Yogurt- the consistency will change if you thaw it out completely, but it is GREAT as a frozen treat for the kids. In a cup, or tub or the GoGurts, of course. If you stick a popsicle stick through the foil lid, you have a great healthy snack, ready to go.
And of course, fresh fruits and veggies can also be frozen. Some may need to be blanched, however, to freeze well. Also, breads, nuts, and herbs can be frozen.
Before you freeze something, I'd recommend Googling it for directions. There are some tricks to make things last longer, and how to thaw them correctly. There are also guidelines for how long something can remain frozen, lest you get TOO enthusiastic.
I hope someone finds this post useful! If you've never ventured into this area, you should try it! And if you're an old pro at freezer shopping, and you've frozen anything unexpected, add it to the list! I'd love to hear your success stories. (Or, you can just post a picture of your new shoes, bought with money saved from your thrifty grocery shopping, which I will find equally thrilling.)
Okay, back to the day.
Truthfully, the idea of frozen eggs grosses me out a little bit. But I've heard of all the rest. We don't have a deep freezer though, sadly.
Posted by: Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt at February 26, 2009 9:30 AM
Just got the mammoth fridge yesterday! 25.3! Now I can stock up a little more. I've been shopping for a smaller deep freezer. Can find them pretty cheap on craigs list. I've been freezing my onions already chopped. Not a big deal, but it has saved me some. I've been enjoying coupon mom's site. Do you know what the differences are?
Posted by: Denise McLain at February 27, 2009 12:58 AM
I *GASP* stopped the grocery game. One, I'm working two jobs and the thought of going to three grocery stores on sunday gave me a panick attack. Two, I felt like most of the good deals went south for the winter. Three, I got really frustrated when it listed a really great coupon, and it was NOT in my paper.
I may pick it up again in a few months and hopefully all those great gatorade and cereal deals will be back in full force!
Oh and I finally got a blog, and I knew you would want to know!
Posted by: Betsy at February 27, 2009 9:44 AM
Milk and biscuits? Seriously? Wow. That's helpful to know.
Posted by: Teri at February 27, 2009 5:14 PM
I'm with Moriah... frozen eggs give me the willies. But the cheese I've been doing for years. I buy it in bulk and then break it down and freeze it in one cup quantites. I chop my onions and freeze them too. I also freeze pancakes and waffles for a quick weekday breakfast. I only have one child so far so even if I make half a batch, it's too much for family consumption in one sitting. So, I go ahead and double the recipe, make a really big batch, freeze it in one servings, and pull it out duing the week and nuke it rather than dragging my skillet out 3 or 4 times a week.
And meat... go ahead and cook some chicken and freeze it in one cup quantities. Not only will it help get dinner on the table faster for those casseroles that call for precooked chicken, but I've been known to thaw some for a salad for lunch when I couldn't face another hot dog or PB&J.
Posted by: sarah at February 27, 2009 10:52 PM
I too got in on the Pillsbury biscuit deal. I froze a can of the Grands biscuits. They were in my deep freeze for 4 days. i was very pleased at how well they turned out this morning!
Posted by: Christy at February 28, 2009 10:10 AM
i chop up green and red peppers and freeze them in a small plastic freezer bag. i catch them on sale. i also freeze luch meat, i catch it on sale at .99 a pound and buy five pounds of cooked ham, salami, pepperoni, devide it into three pound bags, (one pound of each luchmeat in one bag, i wrap one pound each meat in wax paper first.) i catch rib eye or strip steak on sale at 1.99 -2.99 a pound, i devide them into portion size and freeze them. i catch these sales at a deli warehouse, and i load up.
Posted by: val at March 23, 2009 2:59 AM
I chop the green and red peppers, too... and onions and celery, as well. I also keep a small container in the freezer that I put left-over peas, corn or beans in (when it's not enough to save for the next meal), and then use them when I make chicken pot pies or stew or vegetable soup.
Oh! and a great trick if you have a little (or not-so-little) one who thinks they don't like onions or bell peppers because they can see them... chop 'em, but 'em in the blender, puree, and freeze in ice trays... then you've got the wonderful flavor for your sauces without the tell-tale little "green things" that the kids freak out over. I shared that with a friend whose husband swore he hated bell peppers but complained because her spaghetti sauce wasn't as good as mine... she started using the bell pepper ice cubes and he loved her sauce... but she never told him the secret... lol...
Posted by: aunt vickie at March 24, 2009 11:08 AM
Noticed your comment on freezing eggs, wanted to warn you that egg whites freeze really well but not the yolks. It helps if you add a bit of sugar or salt in with the eggs before you freeze them. Usually 1/2 tsp per 1 cup of egg. Don't freeze them in the shell. I usually crack them into a container, beat in the salt (or sugar) freeze in a small container and once they are frozen I seal them in a plastic bag with my food vac. If you don't have a food vac, it's really worth the money.
Also, most raw vegetables freeze better if you blanch them for a few minutes before freezing.
Posted by: khaynes at October 29, 2009 10:49 PM
With the canned biscuits, how do you thaw and cook them? I also have a TON of coupons for them and would love to be able to take advantage of the savings.
Posted by: Kelly-O at May 7, 2011 10:45 PM
Kelly, I just thaw them out in the fridge the night before I want to use them! No problems normally, except that the flaky biscuits don't usually hold up as well. They go a little flat.
Posted by: WonderGirl at May 8, 2011 2:09 PM
Lots of peppers this year, yeh, blanched peppers like making stuffed peppers, then stacked in bag and froze, never did this before, tried them to see if they were different for stuffed peppers, they were wonderful. I will have stuffed peppers all winter. Have chopped peppers in freezer by colors, but also end of year, pureed, put in ice trays and add a cube to my homemade tomatoe juice, boy the vitamins and taste.
Posted by: Arlene Hughes at August 14, 2011 3:01 PM
You can just rub mineral oil on eggs, put them pack in the carton and store them in a cool place. They can last a year. Make sure there are absolutely no cracks and turn the once a month.
Posted by: Teresa T. at January 2, 2013 11:10 AM
I have frozen a large chunk ( 2 lb of swiss cheese and it has sliced very well and also with the grater it has done well.
Posted by: Laura at October 29, 2013 7:27 PM