Did you know that there are many items you can freeze to lengthen their shelf life? I posted this list last fall, and wanted to share a reminder about all the great items you can save in your freezer. As a couponer this is HUGE, because when you stock up on a deal that freezes well, you'll add quite a few bargains to your stockpile! I just chopped up a bunch of peppers to freeze (on sale for $.50 each at our local produce stand . . . ), and love having inexpensive produce in the middle of winter.
You may want to also check out the comments on the original post over here to see even a few more suggestions on how to freeze food pantry stales.
You can freeze . . .
Shredded or Block Cheese No preparation required
Butter & Margarine No preparation required
Sour Cream No preparation required, may be a little separated when you thaw but when you stir it up and it should be fine, especially for use cooking or baking recipes
Cream Cheese Some people have told me that freezing cream cheese is fine, but I'm a little leary of it! For tips on freezing cream cheese check out this article
Milk You should probably pour out a 1/2 cup or so first so that the container's not completely full as it might burst
Meat and Poultry (fresh or cooked) Make sure to wrap well to prevent freezer burn
Green Peppers Just chop into small pieces, then place in plastic baggies – perfect for casseroles or chili, not-so-perfect for salads (they're a little water logged!)
Fruit It won't freeze perfectly, but it's great for making fruit smoothies! Thanks, Nancy 🙂
Yogurt No preparation required
Chocolate Chips, Peanut Butter Chips May want to place in plastic bag to prevent freezer burn
Cookies/Brownies Just wrap well to prevent freezer burn
Waffles/Muffins/Pancakes Just wrap well to prevent freezer burn
Egg Beaters No preparation required
Lunchmeat No preparation required
Hot Dogs No preparation required
Bread No preparation required with loaf bread; I have had NO success freezing hot dog buns or hamburger buns, if you have any tips on this I'd love to hear them!
Tortillas No preparation required
Wraps No preparation required
Refrigerated Biscuits or Rolls (i.e. Pillsbury products) It's possible that a can might explode in the freezer, if you're concerned about this you can try opening the package just enough to expand and then place in plastic bag and close tightly
What else do you all freeze? Leave a comment if you have more suggestions and tips I'd love to hear them! I'd also love to know if freezing has worked for you (especially milk, sour cream, and cream cheese!) If only I had a bigger freezer. . . 😉
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