Saving Money On Food
Coupons, sales, budget. Trying to save as much money as possible on groceries. We cut coupons to save money at the grocery store. We shop the sales. We set up grocery budgets and shop with cash envelopes to save money. We bulk buy and stick to generic goods to save money. We try our hardest to make our hard earned money work the best for us at the grocery store. Learn 75 foods you can freeze to help you save money.
What Foods You Can Freeze?
Below you will find a list of foods you can freeze to help you save money. These are everyday items you may buy at regular price, on sale or bulk buy.
Freezing Food To Save Money
Putting these items in the freezer will make them last longer and provide for your family. Freezing food you buy on sale or bulk buy saves you money. Freezing items so they don’t go to waste saves you money.
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Freezers For Food
Time to buy a freezer. After you read this list think about all the money you have been tossing out. No more! Now is your time to start saving more money by utilizing your freezer.
Types Of Freezers For Food
If you only have the small freezer attached to your fridge this will work. If you are looking to save more money or you have a larger family you can pick up a chest freezer or stand up freezer second hand or on sale.
Foods You Can Freeze
Now I have to admit I have learned a few things researching this post and I freeze a lot. I didn’t know you can freeze eggs – yeah you can freeze eggs! You may be amazed at what you can freeze.
What Fruit Can You Freeze?
Fruit is one of the easiest foods you can freeze. Strawberries, raspberries, berries of any kind freeze great. You can freeze apples in applesauce or in pie filling.
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Can You Freeze Bananas?
Yes, personally I think bananas are one of the best foods to freeze. Bananas are a fast ripening fruit, being able to preserve them helps in saving money and the loss of produce. Frozen bananas are great for adding to smoothies, baking and dipped in chocolate they make a nice treat.
Best Fruits To Freeze And Eat
Peaches, plums, apricots all freeze well but will not hold their dense shape when defrosted. Melons freeze well and are great when added to smoothies or in replacement of ice cubes in a glass of water.
What Vegetables Can You Freeze?
You can freeze corn, peas, beans, broccoli, cauliflower and so much more. Just note that some vegetables will not defrost well and may come out slightly mushy or less dense. I have found asparagus does not freeze well, the defrosted product is not good alone and may only work in quiche or baking.
What Vegetables Freeze Well?
Spinach freezes very well and can be added directly to dishes from the freezer. We freeze our spinach fresh so that you can loosely add a few leaves at a time to dishes. Corn and peas also freeze very well.
Foods That Do Not Freeze Well
You should never refreeze raw defrosted meats or seafood. You will need to cook the meat before you can refreeze it. Raw potatoes do not freeze well.
What Meats Can You Freeze?
You can freeze most fresh meats. Do not freeze “previously frozen” meats until after they have been cooked. Then you should be safely able to freeze.
Chicken, pork, beef, lamb and most fresh from the butcher or grocery store can be frozen and used within a year of storage.
Can You Freeze Cooked Beef?
Yes, you can freeze cooked beef and most other cooked meat servings. Frozen cooked ground beef is great to have on hand for use in tacos, spaghetti and other pasta dishes or soups.
Can Cooked Meat Be Frozen?
Most cooked meat can be frozen once divided up into easy access serving sizes and placed in frozen food storage containers.
What Foods Can You Not Freeze?
Most dairy products will separate or crumble during freeze or once defrosted. Do not freeze whole un-cracked eggs. You can learn more about eggs below in our list of foods you can freeze.
Do Not Freeze
Avoid freezing previously frozen and defrosted meats and other protein sources until after in has been cooked.
Can You Freeze Milk And It Still Be Good?
Yes, you can freeze milk but it may separate during freezing and defrosting. Meaning you may have a watery layer and a creamy milk layer. Shake the milk to combine. Most frugal homemakers will use frozen milk products for baking and cooking leaving the fresh milk for drinking.
75 Foods You Can Freeze To Save Money:
2. Bread Dough
4. Cookie Dough
5. Pizza Dough
13. Coffee Grinds
14. Brewed Coffee
21. Dry Beans
22. Cooked Beans
24. Cheese (texture may change when defrosted)
25. Milk (texture may change when defrosted)
26. Cream (texture may change when defrosted)
27. Cream Cheese (texture may change when defrosted)
28. Cheese Bits
30. Yogurt Tubes
33. Eggs (crack them into ice cube tray or scramble them)
35. Bone Broth
37. Deli Meat
38. Fish (not advised to freeze previously frozen items)
39. Shellfish (not advised to freeze previously frozen items)
48. Freezer Meals
54. Other Fruits
57. Chopped Onions
61. Grated Zucchini
62. Other Vegetables
65. Tomato Sauce
69. Fruit Zest
70. Dog Treats
71. Potato Chips
73. Vegetable Scraps For Stock
74. Bottles of Water
What Will End Up In Your Freezer Now?
Which foods were you surprised with knowing that you can freeze them? Are you going to add them to your grocery list?
Freezer Friendly Foods
I never thought of freezing. I was surprised with eggs and honestly it would save so much time and money to freeze eggs to add to baking or quiche. I also never thought of freezing the cheese end bits to add to sauces and soups. This is a good money saving idea.
Can I Freeze Fresh Eggs?
Yes, but they need to be cracked and whisked to mix the egg yolk and egg white before freezing. You can also separate the egg yolk and egg white and freeze them separate for use in baking.
Do Scrambled Eggs Freeze Well?
Yes, in fact scrambled eggs are great in frozen ready to breakfast burritos, breakfast sandwiches and many other frozen ready to go meals.
Best Foods To Freeze
I think berries, freezer jams and meat have to be the best items to freeze. And these are also some of the best items to freeze to help you save money.
What Foods Freeze Well?
Lots of different foods freeze well. It’s the defrosting part that gets you. Milk will separate but it freezes well. Berries freeze well but they do become more juicy on defrost.
Some of the best foods to freeze well and defrost well are meats. They retain their shape, density and flavor once defrosted.
How To Freeze Foods
Most foods including freezer meals can be simply placed in freezer friendly bags or freezer friendly containers and added to the freezer.
Fruits, berries, some vegetables, meatballs and individual food servings will freeze better first on a baking sheet then once frozen can be added to food storage bags. This makes for easier access to limited serving sizes.
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Saving Money With Your Freezer
With this list your freezer will be full in no time. Think of all the money you can save. Buy the items on sale or in bulk, divide them up and freeze them.
We regularly freeze fruits, vegetables, meats and bread products. In my freezer I have a bag labelled soup stock that I add vegetable scraps to for bone broths and soups.
Freezer Food Storage
I love having an extra freezer for food storage and the money it saves us. Buying items in bulk or on sale or preparing freezer meals. All of it, divide it up and freeze it – you will save money.
If you are short on time or have a busy weeknight schedule freezer meals can save you a ton of time and money.
What Are Freezer Meals?
Freezer meals are meals you make ahead of time and freeze until you are ready to use them. Freezer meals can be cooked meals or simple meals that are just prepared. Meals that are sliced, diced, marinated and ready to cook.
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Updated June 16, 2023