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Things You Can Freeze And Save Time

Updated on April 22, 2013

For many times are hard and money is not the most important thing but as sad as it is money is the thing that keeps a household going keeping the family fed and bills to have hot water and light.I want to share some money saving tips with every one if i can just help save a little money in each house hold i feel i have accomplished some thing.

Freezing Grapes

Freezing grapes is easy and delicious.Grapes can spoil fast so i like to freeze them and just get what i need out of the freezer.Grapes are fat free low calorie and a great alternative to sweet things or a snack on the go.They make a great snack in the summer time,ice cubes in your water or make them in to a sorbet.I recommend buying seedless white black or purple grapes to be used but it is your choice.once you your grapes you

1. Destem the grapes.

2. Soak them in cold water for a few minutes to remove any dirt.

3. Put the grapes in a colander and rinse them under the tap while moving them around to make sure all the dirt is of let sit for a few seconds to get the excess water of.

4.Pat them dry to get all the water of.

5.Place wax sheet of a flat tray or baking sheet and lay the grapes out flat and freeze that way they don't freeze in a big old clump.

6.Once the grapes are frozen place in a freezer zip lock bag and enjoy.

Avocados

Avocados are great substitute for foods that are high in saturated fats and contains 20 vitamins and minerals and beneficial plant compounds that contribute to your nutrient quality in your diet. Avocados can go ripe fast so what i like to do is buy them when on sale and let them ripe a little to freeze.Really easy you just cut them in half and remove the seed.Wrap them in cling wrap place flat in zip lock freezer bag and take out as much air as you can lay them flat in the freezer.When you need one you just take it out and thaw in the fridge.It makes great guacamole or purred baby food.

Home Made Pancakes

Home made pancakes is a great way to save time in the morning by making batches at a time and freezing them for a quick breakfast in the morning. Pancakes freeze well but still retaining most of its fresh prepared flavor and texture.Grab a pancake and defrost in the microwave or the toaster oven and enjoy with syrup or fresh fruit and cream.This is simple enough that even the older children can do for them self in the mornings.

Pancake mixture

  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered milk
  • 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking powder
  • 1 TBLS salt

Instructions

  1. Combine flour, powdered milk, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl; stir to blend. Store mixture in an airtight container and use within 8 months.
  2. To make the pancakes 2 cups of the mixture 1 cup of water,1 large egg,2 tablespoons oil.Whisk together.Use about 1/4 cup of mixture for each pancake.Brown on both side.

Cheese

When selecting cheese to freeze avoid those dry or cracked or seem greasy and appear to have mold on it that does not belong there.Hard or semi-hard cheese can be frozen.Best cheese to freeze is Edam,Cheddar, Mozzarella,Blue cheese,Parmesan,Munster and Swiss.The worst cheese you could freeze would be Cottage cheese.container Cream cheese and Ricotta cheese they do not freeze well.Cream cheese can be frozen as a block that is going to be used in a recipe.Hard or semi-hard cheese can be cut in to blocks,slices or shred the cheese.Wrap the cheese tightly in cling wrap and put in an air tight container or zip lock freeze bag but must make sure all the air is out of the bag.Shredded cheese you can add a little corn starch or flour in the cheese and spread it over this way it wont freeze in a clump.Most cheese can be stored for up to 3 months.The cheese will be more crumbly still taste good but works great for cooking.Defrosting the cheese in the fridge is better then in room temperature

Diced Vegies

Veggies is great for a healthy meal or add great flavors to your recipe.Grocery stores quiet often have veggies on sale so take advantage of that and stock up on them.Start by trimming your vegetables along with removing all the stems and peel if necessary then washing them well under the cold water.Blanching the vegetables is a must it keeps the vegetables color and all the vitamins the vegetables contain.Fill a pot up with water about one gallon per pound of vegetable and bring to a boil add your vegetables then once the pot returns to a boil cook the vegetables for 1 to 2 minutes.Remove the vegetables add them to a big pot of cold water and ice to stop the cooking.Once they are completely cooled of remove completely drain and pat dry to prevent clumping.Grab trays and put wax paper on the trays and lay the vegetables out flat on the tray and freeze.Once the vegetables are frozen bag them up in zip lock bags and making sure the air is out and grab when needed.

Dough

Bread on sale or clearance is great. You should buy a bundle of it then you can just freeze it all and just use it when needed.Make your own bread dough or pizza dough ahead of time and freezing it a head of time.You can make any kind of dough you want using a bread machine by using the dough cycle.Rolls should be shaped before freezing and pizza dough can be frozen in a big ball.Once you have made all the dough you want(i do enough to last for a month) You take it out of the pan and knead all the extra air out and let it rise ONCE then shape it how you want it;round,standard or braided loaf.Place dough on baking trays and place in the freezer for an hour .When the dough is frozen Wrap the dough tightly with cling wrap and then place in a freezer zip lock bag and return to the freezer.When defrosting the dough you must let it sit in a greased pan and get to room temperature and let it rise and bake at the temperature or length needed for the dough.Place rolls in a muffin tin and let pizza dough defrost then roll it out and place on a lightly greased pan and put the toppings you desire and let it rise then cook.

Rice

Cook a bigger batch of rice and freeze in to serving sizes.The rice can store up to six months in the freezer.This is how you will cook the amount of rice you want to freeze and let it cool down to where you can handle touching it .You must let it have a little heat in it so when you freeze it it keeps it necessarily moisture in the wrap.Grab your cling wrap and divide the rice by using measuring cup of size you want like 1/2 cup and starting rolling the rice tightly in the wrap and then tuck in the sides and place them in a freezer bag and freeze.To reheat is simple unwrap the rice and place in a microwave safe dish with a lid.Every cup place 1 teaspoon of water in the dish and microwave for 1 minute then fluff up and do another 1 to 2 minutes before fluffing again and serve.

Cookie Dough

You need a last minute treat and don't have time to make some thing or have a craving for some thing sweet then cookie dough is your answer.Most cookie dough's freeze really well and can be kept frozen for up to about 3 months in the freezer.Make your dough and then prepare the dough.

For drop cookies:

.Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and place full tablespoons of dough on the sheet.

.Put baking sheet in the freezer for a couple of hours.

.Remove from the sheet in to a airtight container or freezer bags.

For rolled cookies:

.Divide the dough into even portions for rolling and roll the dough out.

.Grab you cookie cutters out and cut out the shapes you want and palce on a sheet covered with wax paper and freeze for an hour.

.Take the cookie shapes and place in a freezer bag.

.When you want to bake them take them out and place on wax paper on a baking sheet and bake to the recipe desire.

Best cookies to freeze are chocolate chip cookie,peanut butter cookie,oatmeal cookie,sugar cookie,gingerbread cookie,shortbread cookie and brownies.

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