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Did you know that one of your biggest money savers is right in your kitchen?
It’s your freezer! In Saving Savvy, I share numerous ways to cut your grocery budget down when you learn to “warm up to your freezer.” One of the easiest ways to save money is to buy meats and produce on sale and stock up, then store it in the freezer.
Take a Freezer Inventory. While for many people the freezer is home to UFO’s (Unidentified Frozen Objects), did you know that by simply keeping an inventory of what you have on hand, you’ll start saving money? I offer you a simple way to do this with a free download of my Freezer Inventory List. Knowing what you have on hand is the key to meal planning, so take some time to see what is in your freezer and get it organized. (I show you how to organize your freezer in this video.)
Flash Freezing. Have you ever tried to freeze produce that you purchased on sale, only to have it all freeze together in an unappetizing blob? My flash-freezing method of freezing berries, peppers, and other fruits and veggies, shown in the video at the top of this post, will keep this from happening. You can purchase produce when it is in-season and at its lowest price, knowing that it will be kept at its peak of freshness in your freezer.
Ready to serve. When you are cooking for your family, you can easily double recipes and freeze another meal. Pull it out of the freezer, pop it into the oven, and soon it is ready to serve. But what about those opportunities you have, in your church or in your community, when a family needs a meal? Are you ready to serve? Often a hot meal during a neighbor’s health crisis, or even a happy event like a new baby, is just the thing to minister to someone. It’s nice to know you have a meal already prepared that you can take to those families.
Four Easy Freezer Tips. When I speak on saving money by using your freezer, I will often hear someone say that they don’t think food tastes as good after it has been frozen. If your food doesn’t taste good, then perhaps you aren’t freezing it properly. Here are some easy tips.
- Keep it airtight. Be sure to wrap the food as airtight as possible. The worst thing you can do is leave the food in a dish with a lot of dead space between the top of the food and the wrapping.
- Double wrap. There are a few ways to do this, but I always use plastic freezer bags for the freezer, and I double bag everything.
- Keep the Freezer Full. Keeping your freezer full helps your items stay very frozen and saves energy.
- Label Everything. When you put it in, you think you will remember what it is; but once it is frozen it will look different.
This is just the “tip of the iceberg” when it comes to learning how to use your freezer. You’ll find tons more practical tips and strategies in my book Saving Savvy, which is available in paperback, eBook, or audio book format. (HINT: The audio book version is me reading, so it is like being in one of my workshops!)
Prayer for today: Thank You for being my El Rohi, my Shepherd. You truly do lead me, and it is up to me to follow. Forgive me when I drag my feet. I want to follow You, step by step, into a place of wise stewardship. I know You will shepherd me as I surrender this area of my life to You (Psalm 23). In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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