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Coupon Mom: Save Money With 25 Things You Can Freeze
One of the biggest problems with couponing for food is that the way to save the most money is to buy a lot of something when it goes on sale and you have a coupon. When I began coupon shopping I wondered how I could buy a lot without it going bad. The things in cans are a no-brainer but what about everything else? Here is a list of 25 things you can keep in your deep freezer.
1. Eggs. Break the egg into a bowl, and mix the yolk and the whites together. Spray an ice cube tray with cooking spray. Then, pour each egg into a slot in an ice cube tray. 1 cube equals one small egg; two cubes equal one large egg.
2. Milk. This can be frozen, but separates a lot. I find the milk is good for baking and such, but for straight drinking I don’t personally like it – although it is fine. You can freeze milk in the original container but pour out (use) enough to allow for expansion. For a gallon of milk about one tall glass is enough.
3. Butter. I buy butter and leave it in its original packaging. Just allow it to thaw before using. This works well with sticks and with tubs of spreadable butter.
4. Apples. These are easy. Prepare as you would normally, you can peel them if you like, chop them, or leave them whole. While you don’t have to for these, I prefer to freeze them completely on a tray before transferring to a Ziploc (airtight) or vacuum seal them.
5. Celery. Wash and chop them, then freeze them on a tray. Once they are completely frozen you can vacuum seal them.
6. Nuts: Freeze, as they already are, vacuum-sealed.
7. Tomatoes can be frozen whole, just freeze them individually then they can be grouped into a bag and vacuum-sealed.
8. Shredded Cheese. This is one of my most-frozen foods. If you buy it pre-shredded, just toss it in the freezer. For space saving, even out the cheese to lie flat in the bag, then freeze. It can be moved once frozen. If you are going to shred it yourself, do so and then vacuum seal it, or Ziploc it with as little air as you can.
9. Fresh Herbs can be frozen for use in hot recipes. Chop them up, and then freeze them in teaspoon amounts (or half-teaspoon if that is what you often use) in an ice cube tray with just enough water to cover the herbs. The ice will preserve it. When you need them, drop the whole cube into your hot dish while cooking.
10.Bread. Double freezer bag it, getting out as much air as possible. Will last up to three months.
11.Pies. Entire pies can be frozen, as long as they have not been baked yet. When you make one for now, why not make two and freeze one for later? Place a Ziploc around the entire pie, tin and all. If it is too big, use a lot of heavy duty plastic wrap.
12.Cream Cheese. This freezes well, but does not look the same afterwards. Still tastes fine however.
13.Veggies. You can freeze most veggies, just clean and chop them the way you would if cooking them fresh. Then, chill them in ice water for 3-8 minutes, depending on size. Place in a freezer bag; get out as much air as possible and freeze!
1. Bananas. This is one of my favorite discoveries. Once they turn brown enough for banana bread, I vacuum seal them and freeze them. Then, when I want banana bread I don’t have to wait a few days for bananas to turn old. You can also freeze them fresh, the peels will get brown but the insides are still fine. This is not recommended for bananas you want to eat whole, but for smoothies and baking and such.
2. Pasta Sauce. This is especially great if you make your own. Just make a big batch and freeze the leftovers for a few more meals! Pasta sauce can be placed in freezer bags or in containers, in meal-sized portions. If freezing in bags, lay them all one on top of the other and they will stay nestled with each other when frozen instead of slipping around everywhere.
3. Lemon Juice. If you have excess lemons, or frequently use fresh lemon juice (I like it in my Top Ramen) squeeze meal sized portions into ice cube trays and freeze. You can then transfer the cubes to a Ziploc and add one cube to your cooking meal!
4. Lunchmeat. This freezes extremely well, just leave it in the original packaging, or if you buy large packages split it up and vacuum seal the rest.
5. Cookie Dough. I love to bake cookies, but I often hate the process and mess of making the dough. So when I do make dough, I make a triple or quadruple batch and freeze the rest. Just put a batch-sized bit of dough into a freezer bag, pat it flat and freeze. From my experience it stays good in the freezer about 3 months, 6-8 months if vacuum-sealed. You can also go the extra mile and lay cookie-sized scoops out on a tray, freeze until solid then freeze the little balls in a Ziploc.
6. Whipped Cream. The stuff in the aerosol cans obviously you cannot freeze, but the tubs of cool whip freeze quite well in their own container.
7. Hot dogs. Freeze in original packaging.
8. Pillsbury items. You know those breads and cinnamon rolls in those scary pop-cans? Those freeze very well, I have heard even up to 5 months! They never make it that long in my house though…
9. Twice-Baked potatoes. Once they have been baked the first time, mix up the potato with all the ingredients, and then flash-freeze them. Once they are frozen they can go in a Ziploc together.
10.Coffee Creamer. I will warn you, most creamers on the bottle reads “Do not freeze”. I have done this many times, as well as other people I know, and there has never been an adverse reaction. It separates a bit so once thawed you need to shake it up. Otherwise, it tastes great afterward!
11.Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Recall “Uncrustables” that are so popular with children? You can make them as well! Just make the sandwich, and then freeze in individual sandwich freezer bags. This makes and easy, easy school lunch for your little one!
12.Waffles and Pancakes. This is just like Eggo, when you make pancakes for breakfast make a double batch and place the leftovers on a tray to freeze. Once they are completely frozen place a meal sized amount in a freezer bag. To thaw, just pop it in the toaster as you would an Eggo.
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