70 Foods You Can Freeze or That Don’t Freeze Well

70 foods you can freeze or that don't freeze wellThere are many good reasons to freeze foods. First, freezing food can save you money. After you grocery shop and purchase items in bulk or stock up on extra food items, freeze the items you won’t use right away so it doesn’t go to waste and you have to throw it away.

Second, it’s convenient to have a freezer full of food that you can grab for meals. Plus, it saves you from making unnecessary trips to the grocery store where you would probably spend more money.

And third, it saves you time. If you cook and prepare food in advance, you can freeze meals and snacks to pull out on busy days.

 

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Before listing all of the foods you can freeze or the foods that don’t freeze well, here are food tips on how to flash freeze foods, how to prevent freezer burn and labeling food before you place it in the freezer.

 

HOW TO FLASH FREEZE FOOD:

With a bunch of food items below that you can freeze, I suggest flash freezing the food first if you don’t want pieces to clump together during the freezing process. Before flash freezing fruits or vegetables, first wash them and pat them dry. Then flash freeze foods by placing individual pieces of food separately on a baking sheet or tray and putting the tray in the freezer for 1-3 hours until the pieces are frozen. Once this is done, you’ll remove the frozen pieces from the tray and place them in resealable freezer bags, then label and put the bags in the freezer. If food will be in the freezer for a longer period of time, then wrap it with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and put it in the freezer bags.

 

HOW TO PREVENT FREEZER BURN:

To prevent freezer burn, you’ll want to minimize the food’s exposure to air by using freezer bags or containers. Make sure to push out any excess air from the freezer bags before sealing them. If you are freezing baked goods or meats, wrap them in aluminum foil twice and then place them in freezer bags. To freeze casseroles, read this tip here so you don’t have to put your good casserole dishes in the freezer for months or use aluminum baking tins. Wrapping and storing food correctly will prevent freezer burn.

 

LABEL ALL FOOD:

Be sure to label any freezer bag or container you place in the freezer with the name of the item, the date, quantity of food if applicable (for example, 2 cups of shredded chicken), and any cooking instructions. You might think you’ll remember what’s in the bag or container, but once it’s frozen it looks different and it is hard to tell what it is. Trust me, just label everything.

 

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Here are 70 foods you can freeze or that don’t freeze well:

 

FOODS YOU CAN FREEZE:

Bacon Bits — Freeze homemade bacon bits that you can later use to sprinkle on top of baked potatoes or in soups.

Bananas — When bananas become overly ripe don’t throw them out. Peel and put them into a freezer bag, then label and freeze. You can use them for banana bread, muffins or smoothies.

Berries — Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries can make delicious smoothies or can be used in baked goods like muffins. Flash freeze the berries first so they don’t clump together during the freezing process (see above how to flash freeze food).

Bread – Buy extra loaves of bread on sale and freeze them. If you make homemade bread, slice it first before freezing.

Sweet Breads — Freeze loafs of sweet breads such as banana bread or zucchini bread. To freeze sweet breads, wrap them in plastic wrap and then a heavy tinfoil and put them in a freezer bag.

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How to Save Money Purchasing Meat in Bulk

How to Save Money Purchasing Meat in BulkOne way to save money on meat is to purchase it in bulk when it’s on sale. Savory Butcher sells fresh, high-quality meats by the case in bulk at affordable prices, and they deliver the meat straight to where you live. The meat comes directly from the farm in refrigerated trailers and into the trunk of your vehicle. By buying meat in bulk, it brings the prices down 30-50% less than the price of meat at the grocery store.

For those of you who want to try Savory Butcher, you can get $5 off your first order by clicking the link here.

You can reserve a case of meat from Savory Butcher for just $10, which is then applied to your full balance. Choose from chicken breasts, organic chicken, chicken thighs, bacon, ground beef, beef box, steak box, smoked ham and more. All of these come in bulk cases, which saves us money because we are buying in bulk.

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Savory Butcher Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

One of the products I order regularly is the chicken. Savory Butcher has fresh boneless chicken breasts that are untrimmed for $1.79 lb. That’s a great deal! Recently, I ordered the fresh trimmed boneless chicken breasts for $2.19 lb because the chicken comes fully trimmed and ready for me to place into freezer bags or to make meals. This saves me time because I’m not trimming the fat off the chicken. However, if you want to save money, then definitely order the untrimmed chicken breasts. Both are high-quality meats.

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6 Tips How to Successfully Meal Plan

6 Tips How to Successfully Meal Plan

As we move into routines again now that the kids are back in school, it’s time to get back to meal planning, especially with how busy life can be. By planning meals it makes it easier to know “What’s for Dinner?” every night.  I’m sharing a video today of some simple things I do in advance to make meal time run smoothly and not be stressful. Check out the video below with 6 tips to make meal planning successful and make it easier on you every night.

 

 

 

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How I Grocery Shop + 3 Tips to Save the Most Money on Groceries

3 tips to save the most money on groceries

It’s been a while since I’ve shown you one of my grocery shopping trips. I’ve changed a little of how I grocery shop since Walmart no longer price matches in my area. In the video below, I share with you my top three tips to save the most money on groceries, and I’m showing you what groceries I purchased for about $150 for my family of 5 for two weeks.

What ways do you save money on groceries?

 

 

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Here are the links I mentioned in the video:

 

 

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What’s For Dinner Video: A Week of Meals Ideas

A week of meal ideas what's for dinner

This week I am sharing a video with you of what meals I cooked for my family. I know how busy we are as moms and we don’t have a lot of time in our day to cook meals for our family. I’m sharing simple dinner ideas that don’t take a lot of time to make. If you can plan your meals ahead, even on busy days, then you’ll save your family money because you will be less likely to pick up dinner at a fast food restaurant, and you’ll end up running to the store less often. Check out the What’s for Dinner Video: A Week of Meal Ideas below.

 

 

If you can’t see my video, head over to my YouTube channel here.

 

And below are links to the recipes I made for my family in the video:

Day 1: Crock Pot Lasagna

Day 2: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup with 4-Ingredient Homemade Noodles

Day 3: Crock Pot Macaroni & Cheese

Day 4: Creamy Tomato Soup

Day 5: Chinese Tacos

Day 6: Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas

Day 7: Leftovers

 

 

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*HOT* $20 Off Six Sisters’ Stuff Menu Plan Code

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I was corresponding with Six Sisters’ Stuff about their new menu plan, and I am SO EXCITED to let you know that I have an exclusive $20 off code for the first year of a Six Sisters’ Stuff Menu Plan that is just for Saving Cent by Cent readers. Use the promo code SAVE20 at checkout to get a year of weekly menu plans from Six Sisters’ Stuff for as low as $28 for the first year, which comes out to be only $2.33 a month! This is an amazing deal! This promo code is only valid through Friday, March 17, 2017, so you’ll need to hurry to get this deal.

I’ve mentioned this before, but meal planning will save you money on groceries. And Six Sisters’ Stuff Menu Plan will help you out with dinner each night and save you money because you’ll have a plan of what you need to purchase, as well as a shopping list, before you go grocery shopping. And the Six Sisters’ Stuff recipes are delicious! Keep in mind that this would be a great present to give to a mother, sister or friend for a birthday or holiday.

Six Sisters’ Stuff has four different menu plans to choose from:

  • Menu Plan Membership – Serves 6-8
  • Smaller Family Menu Plan – Serves 2-4
  • Gluten-Free Menu Plan – Serves 4-6
  • Healthy Menu Plan – Serves 6-8

With all four of the menu plan options, you’ll receive a week’s worth of meals at a glance, which includes 6 main dish recipes, 2 side dish recipes and 2 dessert recipes or 1 snack/treat recipe. And in addition to getting a menu plan, you’ll also receive a detailed shopping list of what to buy each week.

Just by having a week’s worth of meals planned out and by sticking with a shopping list, you will be able to save hundreds of dollars on your groceries each month. And for those of us that are really busy, spending the $2.33 a month to receive these weekly meals plans from Six Sisters’ Stuff is worth the time and money, especially if you can make “What’s for dinner?” easier on you. Head over here to Six Sisters’ Stuff Menu Plan and use the code SAVE20 to give it a try!

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Six Sisters’ Stuff Weekly Menu Plan As Low As Just $3.00 Month

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I regularly have people ask me how to save money on their groceries, and the first thing I say is to plan out their meals before they go grocery shopping. Some people mention that they run out of time to plan their meals. So for you busy moms, this Six Sisters’ Stuff Menu Plan will help you out with dinner each night and save you money because you’ll have a plan of what you need to purchase before you go grocery shopping.

You can get a whole year of menu plans from Six Sisters’ Stuff for just $36. That turns out to be only $3.00 per month! If you would rather, you could choose the monthly payment option of $5.00 a month. Six Sisters’ Stuff has so many family-friendly meals, that the $36 for the year will be worth it. And this would be a great present to give to a mother, sister or friend for a birthday or holiday.

 

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Six Sisters’ Stuff has three different menu plans to choose from:

  • Menu Plan Membership – Serves 6-8
  • Smaller Family Menu Plan – Serves 2-4
  • Gluten-Free Menu Plan – Serves 4-6

With all three of the menu plan options, you’ll receive a week’s worth of meals at a glance, which includes 6 main dish recipes, 2 side dish recipes and 2 dessert recipes. And in addition to getting a menu plan, you’ll also receive a detailed shopping list of what to buy each week.

If you want to know if any ingredients from your shopping list are on sale that week, head over to my Best Weekly Grocery Deals list here, where I compile and post the best grocery deals from 10 stores around Utah. This weekly list will help you save hundreds of dollars on your groceries each month.

Make “What’s for dinner?” easier on you by giving this Six Sisters’ Menu Plan a try!

 

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A Tour of My Food Stockpile and Food Storage + How I Shop for Groceries

I headed down to my basement to give you a tour of my food stockpile and food store. I also shared what I’ve done to be able to build up my stockpile. It’s nice to be able to “grocery shop” in my basement rather than running to the store every time I need an item for dinner. I also share a few price points of some of the products on the shelf. I realized that I didn’t show you my personal care products such as toothpaste and shampoo. I keep them organized upstairs in my closet. You can click here to see the video if you can’t see it above. Leave a comment below if you have any questions or to share some of your tips on how you build up your stock pile.

You might also like to read these articles:

How Our Emergency Fund Helped Pay For My Father’s Funeral & Tips to Build Up An Emergency Fund

Tips on Stockpiling Food When Living in a Small Space

How to Build a 72-Hour Kit on a Budget

Emergency Preparedness on a Budget: Water Storage

 

 

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6 Ways to Make Meal Planning Successful

6 Ways to Make Meal Planning SuccessfulWhether it’s raising kids, working outside the home, running children to activities or keeping the house clean, all of us are busy. And trying to come up with a meal to cook each night can be challenging, especially if you wait until the last minute to decide what to cook and it needs to be on the table quickly. I’ve found that if I do a few simple things in advance, meal time runs smoothly and isn’t stressful. Here are 6 ways to make meal planning successful and make it easier on you every night.

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