Freezer Tips for the Frugal Shopper

by Marcy on June 26, 2008 · 2 comments

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A little over a year ago, my husband and I bought a small chest freezer because we purchased a quarter of a beef in bulk and needed a place to store it. Since then, it never ceases to amaze me how much we use the freezer, and how grateful I am to have it!

During the last couple of weeks, I have been making freezer jam and making room for our bulk purchase of beef which is coming soon. I believe that our purchase paid for itself within a few months, due to the fact that I can now stock up on great deals because I have the space to store them.

Here are a few of my favorite things to freeze when I find them on sale or when I cook in bulk:

  • Meat (Chicken, Beef, Bacon, etc…)
  • Cheese (Shredded, Slices, Snack Cheese)
  • Bread, Bagels
  • Sticks of Butter
  • Tubs of Margarine/Spread
  • Coffee Creamer
  • Chocolate Chips (really any baking chips)
  • Lemon and Lime juice (squeezed from fresh)
  • Nuts
  • Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
  • Whole Bananas (for smoothies)
  • Berries (Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries)
  • Peaches
  • Bell Peppers
  • Onions (Diced)
  • Celery (Diced)
  • Whole Bean Coffee
  • Homemade Waffles
  • Homemade Pancakes
  • Freezer  Meals (especially soups!)
  • Homemade Cookie Dough
  • Homemade Pizza Crust

And here are some recent additions to my freezer IQ:

  • You can freeze flour. It is actually recommended that you freeze Whole Wheat flour as its shelf life is only about 3-6 months if you don’t (vs. up to a year in the freezer). Freezing flour also kills any bugs that might be in your flour when you purchase it. It would obviously keep new bugs out as well.
  • You can freeze lemon zest.
  • According to this great resource about freezing, you can freeze brown sugar, marshmallows, cream cheese, egg yolks & egg whites (to name a few). Have you ever tried freezing any of these foods?

I feel that while having an extra freezer has caused our electric bill to go up slightly, that it has been an important enabler in my quest to cut down our grocery bill.

Here are some more freezer related articles for you to check out:

What about you? Do you have any “unique” items that you freeze in order to stretch a buck? I would welcome any great freezer tips that you might have! :-)

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1 mogl September 13, 2013 at 6:36 PM

I buy beans dry. Cook batches of them in a pressure cooker (super fast). And keep a variety in the freezer. I can thaw 2-3 cup portion to toss in soup or chili or whatever. Or I can break off a handful to make a burrito or add to soup or salad or make a falafe-like fritter. My current favorite is a chickpea cake from America’s Test Kitchen’s “Cooking for Two” cookbook. As cheap as beans are, this is cheaper. And, no preservatives or cans to recycle.

2 Kerry Hunt July 8, 2015 at 4:46 PM

Freezing flour is a great idea. I haven’t had a bug in flour for years since I discovered sticking a bay leaf in the bag keeps them away! Thanks for this great list.

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