Freezing Food Tips to Save You Money

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As I’ve tried to save money for the past few years, I’ve learned some tips about which foods freeze well. When you find sales on the items below, buy more than you normally would and then freeze some. This not only makes it convenient so you don’t have to go to the store when you run out of something, but it also saves money. 

  • Milk – Before freezing, remove a ½ cup milk to allow for expansion and so the container doesn’t break. Thaw in fridge and shake before using. (I haven’t tried this yet, but plan to in the near future.)
  • Cheese – This works best if you shred it first then freeze. The blocks of cheese can be frozen, but when thawing, leave it on the counter until it reaches room temperature, then place in the fridge. This will help it to not crumble. However, I’ve learned that it still sometimes does crumble.
  • Tortillas – Place the entire bag in the freezer.
  • Bananas – You can freeze bananas with the peel on or mash and freeze them. Use them for banana bread or smoothies.
  • Marshmallows – Freeze them in an airtight container or a freezer storage bag. They thaw quickly and won’t stick together or go stale. If they are already stuck together, add a little powdered sugar to the bag and shake until they fall apart.
  • Bell peppers, Onions, Carrots, Celery – Chop the vegetables first, and then flash freeze them on a baking sheet and transfer to freezer bags. Add to soups, stews, sauces and casseroles.
  • Squash and zucchini – During the summer months when these are growing in the garden faster than we can eat them, I’ll shred and then freeze them. Use them in soups, casseroles or to make zucchini bread.
These are just a few foods that you can freeze. What food items do you freeze?

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