Part of living a frugal life is about buying things when they are at their lowest price and then preserving them. One of the ways to do this is to freeze them. So many things can be frozen, and at the same time separated into smaller amounts. Chest freezers work best when they are full, so you can pop a bag of flour in there if you see it’s not full. This also helps preserve your flour!
What else can be frozen?
Tomato Paste and Sauce
Things like tomato paste….you usually need 1 Tbsp when you open that can! Tomato sauce can also be frozen.
Plain yogurt can be used in many recipes, but not usually large amounts. The answer is to put them into a ice cube tray(first figuring out how much your ice tray compartments hold, and then popping them into a ziploc for freezing! It’s wonderful to be able to take out just what you need and not waste.
Milk freezes nicely. Just remember to take off a cup or two in order to allow for expansion. You can defrost it over night in the fridge, then blend it as it will have separated. For those of you who prefer your milk in smaller amounts, you can freeze it in smaller containers. I have used the 1kg plastic yogurt containers and have found it defrosts faster. Worried about the expiry? Just figure out how many days until the milk expires at present. For example, it says April 1 on your milk today. Let’s say that’s 7 days from now, just mark that on your container, 7 days. When you take it out of the freezer you can mark the date on it.
Cottage cheese can also be frozen. Once defrosted it’s best to use it in casseroles, or pasta dishes, not to be eaten plain as it doesn’t taste as good after it has been frozen.
Cheese can be grated and frozen. It’s wonderful to have it on hand for those casseroles, pizzas, and quesadillas! Again, it’s not great plain.
Sour Cream can also be frozen, however it also changes quite a bit so as it is usually used as a condiment, it’s best to use it in casseroles and the like.
Eggs: I often freeze eggs as my parents have chickens and when they come to visit they bring LOTS!
To freeze eggs you mix 5 eggs with 1 Tbsp salt and gently mix. Store in freezer bag. 3Tbsp thawed mixture equals one egg(don’t add salt when cooking). Great for scrambled eggs and all manner of baking.
All kinds of fruits can be frozen. I usually lay them out on a cookie sheet after I have gently washed them, this keeps them from clumping in the freezer. Some examples are bananas (take them out of the peel, for appearance sake), apples, peaches, apricots, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, grapes(they taste sweeter, once frozen so they are a great snack!) and blackberries.
Most vegetables can be frozen. I often freeze onions when they go on sale for $0.33/lb or less. Major note: Onions have a strong odour, even in the freezer. Consider double freezer bagging them and storing them separate from ice cream and other foods that easily absorb smells.
I process my pumpkin into puree and then pop 2 cups into freezer bags.
Breads in both the baked, and not baked yet stage can be frozen. Bagels and waffles are a wonderful addition to your freezer!
Yeast, flour, bran, flax, nuts, honey, herbs, you name it, it can be kept in the freezer to preserve it.
Cookies and Cakes
Cookies can be prebaked, or not baked yet and frozen. Won’t your guests think you are Martha when you can pop a tray of cookies into the oven for unplanned visitors?
Stuffed Potatoes are one of my favourite little nuggets to have in the freezer ready to be heated up.