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Oct
07
2013

Foods You Can Freeze – Save Time & Money!

Foods you can freeze

If your like me, I am always looking for items I can freeze for a quick meal.Freezing meals can save you time and money. If you follow our money saving blog Consumerqueen.com , you know that we talk about buying up items when they are cheap and free.Freezing foods and being happy with the quality of the taste can sometimes be quite difficult.Food stored at 0 degrees will always be safe.The longer you keep items in the freezer the more the quality suffers.Always freeze your food at peak quality.

Items you can freeze:

  • Shredded Cheese – Add a little cornstarch before you freeze and it will help keep the cheese from sticking together.
  • Chips – Yes you can! It preserves the freshness and they never freeze solid. You can eat them right out of the freezer.
  • Saltine Crackers
  • Bread- Wrap in foil or paper towel then place in freezer bag. Do not let any moisture in or out.
  • Baked Goods
  • Coffee
  • Tea Bags
  • Berries & other Fruits – Buy them in season and freeze at the peak of freshness. You won’t have to pay higher prices in the off season.
  • Nuts
  • Herbs
  • Pasta sauce
  • Granola
  • Yogurt
  • Cut up veggies and freeze for later.
  • Freeze leftovers of course.
  • Meats (thats a given)
  • Dried beans
  • Rice
Some quick time savers:
Don’t forget you can freeze things later for crock-pot meals.
  1. Break apart hamburger meat into 1 lb batches. Cook up the batches with different seasonings such as taco, spaghetti and season salts. When you need a quick meal you just thaw and heat up.
  2. Make your own peanut butter and jelly sandwiches wrap them in foil and freeze them. (mark them with a sharpie so you don’t forget what they are and when you froze them) Put them in your kids lunchboxes and they will thaw by lunch time.
  3. Make up batches of waffles and Pancakes and separate them by wax paper. Kids can pop them in the toaster.
  4. Crack eggs and freeze them in 2’s. They work well when baking.
  5. If your freezing meals to go directly into the freezer, add a little extra liquid as it will thicken when frozen.
  6. Do you always have just a little bit of veggies left over from your meal? Instead of throwing it away add it to a freezer bag. Keep adding different left over veggies to the same baggy and use it for vegetable soup.

More great tips!

A few great frozen foods:

Butter : Freeze in original packaging, place in a bag with air removed. It will keep for 6-9 months.

Candy: Yep, freeze it in it’s bag and thaw it out later. Catch after-holiday sales for the best deals.

Bread: Freeze bread for shorter uses in it’s own packaging, if you wish to freeze it for long term use then use a vacuum sealer or freezer bags.

Bananas: Before freezing, remove the peel and place in freezer bags.

Doughs such as bread, cakes, cookies, rolls: It is best to freeze these uncooked, then pull them out and throw them in the oven.

Milk: Can be frozen up to six months. However, the consistency after being frozen may not be very pleasing. It could be used for baking and cooking if the frozen-then-thawed version is not appealing.

What items do you like to freeze? Share a freezer tip as well.
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  • Dee Young October 26, 2011, 12:10 PM

    My husband taught me a cool trick! Don’t tell him I told you! :) When freezing pb & j sandwiches coat both sides of the bread with pb so the jelly doesn’t make the bread soggy by the time it thaws!

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  • Nicole Dziedzic December 10, 2011, 2:07 AM

    love this post! thanks for the info!

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  • Maryia Webb February 14, 2012, 1:01 AM

    I freeze almost everything! I keep my flour, corn meal, pancake mixes, dry powdered goods, cookies, boxes of cake mix. Basically everything that could potentially get bugs inside over long periods of time without being used I freeze.

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  • Michelle April 23, 2012, 2:16 PM

    I also freeze tomatoes from the garden. These work great for making your own sauces and to be used in cooking.

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  • meloni April 23, 2012, 3:36 PM

    if you are growing tomatoes to can, you can freeze them right off the vine. when the weather is cooler (so you dont heat your house up in summer) you can take them out, run water over them and the peel slips right off, then can them. ta da! canning fresh tomatoes in the fall or winter helps keep the house warm!

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  • kris October 7, 2013, 8:21 AM

    We like to camp, so I fill lots of margarine tubs with water and put in freezer. When frozen I pop ice block out and put in large plastic bag. (Any container with sloped sides works well as the ice removes more freely from them.) I keep large bags of this ice ready for the coolers for when we go camping. Sure saves money! I used to try filling plastic water bottles & milk jugs then freezing them – but found that just throwing them frozen and still in containers in cooler didn’t seem to chill as well as unwrapped ice. Fortunately we have several freezers, so have space for this.

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  • Vada October 7, 2013, 3:22 PM

    I love to prep my thanksgiving dinner weeks in advance and freeze them. So all I have to do is thaw and heat, or just bake. My favorite is the baked macaroni and cheese and fresh collard greens

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  • Jim October 8, 2013, 10:32 AM

    Can I freeze cream cheese or not,,,

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  • vicky meeks October 8, 2013, 10:55 AM

    I buy bell peppers and celery on sale. Take them home and clean and cut them so that when I’m cooking, all I have to do is reach in my bag and they are ready to go for recipes. Since they were frozen, they become tender faster when cooking. I have grandkids that don’t like to see the green stuff in what I’ve cooked. I also grow garlic and mince the garlic into thin blocks in zip locks so I always have garlic to pinch off as much as needed to put in a recipe. The only thing that I have found that doesn’t freeze well is onion. It loses its flavor.

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  • Nancy October 8, 2013, 11:02 AM

    You said you could freeze eggs, do you just remove eggs from shell and put in freezer bag or do you have to break the yoke and mix them up before the freezer bag?

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  • Alita October 8, 2013, 11:11 AM

    If using in cooking you can chop and freeze Onions and peeled Garlic, Scallions I also freeze shredded cheese…I don’t throw out as much as I used to.

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  • tracy romeril October 8, 2013, 1:24 PM

    can u freeze mushrooms? and how should u freeze them if so?

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  • Mrs. G October 8, 2013, 3:33 PM

    I grow lots of onions so for some that spoil faster like sweet onions, I caramelize them in butter or O oil then freeze them. They keep their flavour, and all the hard work is done. Just add to French onion soups and stews for months after the garden is done.

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  • mary October 8, 2013, 5:19 PM

    Whole lemons just take out and grate then pop it back in the freezer and you can just grate right into the flesh. Anther thing tho I have never done it is cabbage but you have to take out the core

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  • Gina Gagnon October 8, 2013, 11:42 PM

    I freeze milk and what we do to fix the problem of it being too weak is instead of freezing skin or 1% we freeze 2% when thawed it has the right consistency.

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  • Consumer Queen October 9, 2013, 8:46 PM

    These are all great tips thanks for sharing!

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