Friday, April 3, 2009

Guest Post: Saving Money By Freezing

Guest Post By Clair at Mummy Deals

Ever stood looking at the cupboards wondering what to cook that night only to end up with MacNCheese? In the busy world we live in who has time to take the kids to school, work a part-time job, shop, do laundry and then have a healthy meal on the table that didn’t cost the earth?

Freezing is an excellent way to save money by buying produce that’s on sale and then freezing it for later. You can also pick a day and have a cooking day where you cook a bunch of meals that you can freeze for later. That way when you get home after a long day, you’re options aren’t just frozen pizza or cereal. You can offer much healthier fare.

Here are a few ways to freeze.

So you doubled your recipe and made two casseroles - 1 for now and 1 to freeze. But, you don't want all your casserole dishes in the freezer so what do you do?
Line the casserole dish with clear plastic wrap and then spray with cooking spray. Place your casserole in the dish, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for a few hours until completely frozen. Remove from the freezer and take it out of the dish. Then tightly wrap the food in more plastic wrap/foil, label and place back in the freezer.
When you're ready to eat it take all the plastic wrap off, place back in the original dish, defrost and cook.

I love to have fresh produce around and buy it on sale but I know we can't eat that much before it goes bad so I chop it the way I’ll use it, put them on a baking tray and then in the freezer for about 2 hours. This is called, “Flash Freezing.” Once frozen put them in a ziploc bag and put back in the freezer.

Ice Cubes
Want to make fun ice cubes for drinks? Add a small piece of fruit (strawberry, cranberry, blueberry etc) to an ice-cube tray and then add water. Freeze and then serve in drinks!

Clair Boone is originally from England but now resides in Chicago with her hubby and one year old busy little boy. She's a stay at home Mum who's a frugal queen and loves scoping out bargains and saving money. Catch all her deals and more posts on how to freeze over on her blog. Her family lives on $50/week for groceries and she blogs all about it over at where you can save money too.


Melisa said...

I never would have thought of the casserole idea. That's fantastic!

One of the time saving things I do for freezing after bulk buying is marinate the meats before I freeze them. (although not the marinades that have oil - it may work I just don't do it :) This way when you thaw it its already marinated!

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