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Do you ever feel like the rising cost of groceries is draining your bank account?
Well, worry no longer!
With a few simple tips and strategies, frozen food can be an incredibly affordable way to shop without compromising on quality or nutrition.
From convenient staples to tasty treats, stocking up on frozen foods will save time and money while still providing delicious meals for the whole family.
We’ll provide 14 easy tips that will help you make the most out of every trip to the freezer aisle, so read on and see how quickly your grocery bill can become ice cold!
1. Restaurant Supply Stores
Restaurant supply stores, serving the needs of food establishments, offer a wide range of affordable, large frozen food items.
These products provide excellent value for money compared to smaller consumer-sized options. To find a store nearby, a quick online search will do.
Stock up on value-priced frozen goods for all your culinary needs and satisfy your appetite for savings today!
2. Protect Your Investment
To maintain frozen food quality and prevent freezer burn, store it properly.
Wrap items securely in freezer-safe bags or airtight containers to create a moisture and air barrier.
This extends shelf life, reduces waste, and lets you enjoy frozen goodies for longer.
3. Save Your Daily Bread
Are you still buying your processed breadcrumbs from the supermarket at $4 a jar? You can save money and freeze all your bread cuttings.
Once thawed, stale bread blended with saltines makes an even better blend for your veal chops and eggplant Parmigiano.
4. Buy Your Food in Bulk
This is an obvious solution to saving money overall.
Rather than buying just enough at high prices, wait until the bulk deals come along and freeze them until needed. Simple.
5. Grow Your Own Vegetables or Help a Neighbor
Nothing fights inflation like green fingers. There are millions of novice gardeners now; anybody with green space and sunlight can grow certain vegetables in season and freeze them — onions, carrots, and garlic can all be frozen en masse.
And those with little green space can take advantage of indoor gardening.
Asking around the neighborhood for anybody’s excess produce to freeze is a good suggestion also.
6. Freeze Water
As crazy as this sounds, freezing large amounts of ice is a clever way to use the space, and more so if you use a lot.
The added benefit here is you will save money on electric costs by packing your freezer full. When there is a lot of empty space and you open the door, this cold air rushes out. After you close the door, the freezer has to begin to run again.
But if there is very little free space when you open the door, less air rushes out and the freezer remains cold.
7. Vacuum Seal Your Food
Making food airtight before freezing ensures it lasts much longer. Just throwing meat directly into the fridge is a no-no if you wish to maintain its quality. Exposure to ice can damage meat’s consistency, and it looks much nicer having an organized freezer anyway.
The good news is a vacuum sealer and a pack of bags will run you less than $100. And many times you can find them on sale to save even more.
8. Freeze Milk
This takes some practice and labeling is essential, while the milk that is defrosted does need to be finished within a day or two.
That said, a family of cereal eaters or chocolate milk lovers can get through a gallon of the good stuff in no time.
9. Bone Broth Is Magic
Any carnivores out there who are throwing their discarded bones out, this is for you. Bone broth for one is a miracle food that provides vital collagen, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium.
Bones are great for stews and for adding richness to pasta sauces — even Tony Soprano’s mother would approve (note: Sopranos fans know this reference).
10. Organize Effectively
The more chaotic members of society find their freezers can fill up quickly because of bad space management, meaning space can run out quicker.
Using baskets to organize food into groups and labeling everything can alleviate this frustration.
11. Go Hunting
One of America’s favorite pastimes is hunting. Whether shooting ducks, trapping rabbits or stalking big game, a chest freezer is a hunter’s best friend.
Those not averse to hunting can keep a family going for months — they just need to be or know a good butcher.
12. TV Dinners
Finally, this ingenious idea was to pre-make frozen ready meals.
Freezing portions of lasagna, leftover roasts, or steamed vegetables can provide a perfect square meal on those days you can’t face cooking the family dinner.
13. Freeze Your Fruit
Fruits are one of the most expensive items in your grocery cart.
If you buy them “in season” when they are the least expensive, then freeze for later use, you can save a lot on your grocery bill.
The trick is to freeze fruits at their peak ripeness and flavor so that when you thaw them later, they will still be delicious.
Be sure to wash your fruit and dry it completely before freezing.
Cut into slices or cubes if needed, and then place in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet so that the pieces don’t stick together.
14. Rice And Beans
Rice and beans are a cost-effective and filling meal that can be cooked in bulk.
Once cooked, portion out into individual containers or zip-top bags for easy storage.
Freezing the rice and beans is a great way to make sure you always have some ready-to-go when time is tight!
Be sure to cool down the cooked mixture before freezing to avoid sogginess.
Reheat in the oven or microwave with a few tablespoons of water for added moisture. Enjoy!
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