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
- 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.
- Pasta sauce
- Cut up veggies and freeze for later.
- Freeze leftovers of course.
- Meats (thats a given)
- Dried beans
- 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.
- 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.
- Make up batches of waffles and Pancakes and separate them by wax paper. Kids can pop them in the toaster.
- Crack eggs and freeze them in 2′s. They work well when baking.
- If your freezing meals to go directly into the freezer, add a little extra liquid as it will thicken when frozen.
- 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.