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Freeze Food and Save Money

Freeze Food and Save Money

Some foods are more perishable than others and can spoil in a day or less if not kept properly and under the right temperature conditions. With a broad range of refrigerators and deep freezing appliances, you can freeze any foods you’d like.
Freezing foods makes life easier by reducing costs on buying groceries every day. You can stock up on as much meat, vegetables and fruits not only to save money but also maintain the natural tastes of the foods and save time. It’s convenient since you don’t need to go to the grocery store on a daily basis to buy food for dinner, lunch or breakfast.

How to Prepare Your Food for Freezing

•    Freeze in Airtight Conditions

Too much air in the food packaging leads to that freezer burnt taste. Freezer burn doesn’t spoil the food but changes the taste. Still harmful, right? That’s what we thought too. For example, when you freeze meat, don’t use the supermarket package. For a good taste even after weeks, wrap in freezer paper or plastic wrap and keep in a zip top bag. Excess air must be squeezed out from the container or bag.

•    Use Your Meal Planning Skills Before Freezing

This is more like saying you should freeze in portions. Let’s use some foods as an example; since you cannot finish an entire loaf of bread, you should slice it before tossing it into the freezer. This will prevent you wasting the bread you can't eat as it will defeat the aim of freezing by being wasteful.

•    Labeling Will Keep the Freezer Organized

You'll be looking for a needle in a haystack if you don’t label your foods properly before freezing. Start by partitioning your freezer into segments, e.g., fruits, prepared foods, and vegetables. This will help you know where to look at when searching. Freezing containers should be labeled with the date and the food inside; the date will help you know when to cook it.

•    Leave Out Space for Liquids

Even if you never attended a science class, you’ll have heard that “at a lower temperature, matter contracts”. In the freezer, most liquids expand. While preparing for freezing, you must leave out some space, let’s say an inch to the top of the container.

•    Preservation Will Elongate the Shelf Life

Most foods do not need serious preparation before freezing. However, depending on the intending time frame of usage, you may consider some preservation techniques. In the case of fruits and vegetables, blanching will keep the taste, color, and texture for a long while.

•    Safe Defrosting

There are some ways you can defrost your food. Three methods are standard; placing in the fridge overnight, place in a bowl of water and lastly, in the microwave. Whichever method you go with, ensure the thawing is properly done. This will enable you to freeze again if need be.

 

Here's A List of How to Store Food to Save Money:

Food

 Freezer 0° F (-18° C)  Fridge (at least 40 °F)  Room Temperature
Bacon & Sausage      
Cooked or Uncooked Bacon 1 Month 7 Days Needs Refrigeration
Uncooked Sausage from beef, chicken, pork, or turkey  1 to 2 Months 1 to 2 Days Needs Refrigeration
Smoked Breakfast Links or Patties  1 to 2 Months 7 Days Needs Refrigeration
       
Baked Goods (See our INFOGRAPHIC)      
Bagels 6 Months 1 to 2 Weeks 5 Days
Baguette 3 Weeks 1 Day 1 Day
Biscotti 6 Months Don't Refrigerate 2 Weeks
Bread and Rolls - Baked  3 Months 1 to 2 Weeks 5 to 7 Days
Bread and Rolls - Unbaked 12 Months 2 Days Needs Refrigeration
Brownies -  Bakery or Homemade 3 Months 1 Month 5 Days
Brownies - Supermarket 3 Months 1 Month 2 Weeks
Cake - Frosted 1 Month 4 to 5 Days 1 Week
Cake - Unfrosted 2 Months 1 Week 1 Week
Cookies - Baked 6 Months 2 Weeks 1 Week
Cookie Dough 3 Months 5 Days Needs Refrigeration
Cheesecake 2 Months 4 to 5 Days Needs Refrigeration
Fruit Pies - Baked Don't Freeze 1 Week 2 Days
Fruit Pies - Unbaked  6 Months 3 to 4 Days Needs Refrigeration
Muffins - Baked 6 Months 1 Week 3 Days
Pancakes 3 Months 4 days Needs Refrigeration
Pecan or Pumpkin Pies - Baked  2 Months 3 to 4 Days Needs Refrigeration
Tortillas 3 Months 2 Weeks 1 Week
Waffles 1 Month 1 Day Needs Refrigeration
Waffle or Pancake Batter Don't Freeze 2 Days Needs Refrigeration
       
Dairy      
Milk 1 month 1 week Needs Refrigeration
Butter 12 months 2 weeks Needs Refrigeration
Canned or Dry Milk (unopened) 6 months   Needs Refrigeration
Cottage Cheese 3 months 1 week Needs Refrigeration
Cream Not recommended 1 to 2 weeks Needs Refrigeration
Ice Cream 2-3 weeks   Needs Refrigeration
Margarine 12 months 1 month Needs Refrigeration
Natural Cheese 4-6 months 1 month Needs Refrigeration
Processed Cheese 4-6 months 1 month Needs Refrigeration
Sour Cream, Buttermilk, Cream Cheese Not recommended 2 weeks Needs Refrigeration
Yogurt Not recommended 1 month  Needs Refrigeration
       
Eggs      
Eggs - Fresh in Shell   4 to 5 Weeks Needs Refrigeration
Eggs - Hardboiled Don't Freeze 1 Week Needs Refrigeration
Egg Substitutes - Opened   3 Days Needs Refrigeration
Egg Substitutes - Unopened 1 Year 10 Days Needs Refrigeration
Uncooked Yolks or Whites (In Freezer Bag) 12 Months 2 to 4 Days Needs Refrigeration
       
Fish and Shellfish (See our INFOGRAPHIC)      
Cooked Fish  4 to 6 Months 3 to 4 Days  Needs Refrigeration
Fatty Fish  2 to 3 Months 1 to 2 Days  Needs Refrigeration
Lean Fish  6 Months 1 to 2 Days  Needs Refrigeration
Smoked Fish  2 Months 14 Days  Needs Refrigeration
Shrimp, Scallops, Crawfish, Squid - Uncooked 3 to 6 Months 1 to 2 Days  Needs Refrigeration
Canned Seafood - Opened and out of the Can  2 Months 3 to 4 Days  Needs Refrigeration
       
Hot Dogs & Lunch Meats      
Hot dogs, opened package  1 to 2 Months 1 Week  Needs Refrigeration
Hot dogs, unopened package  1 to 2 Months 2 Weeks  Needs Refrigeration
Lunch meats, opened package  1 to 2 Months 3 to 5 Days  Needs Refrigeration
Lunch meats, unopened package  1 to 2 Months  2 Weeks  Needs Refrigeration
       
Meat (See our INFOGRAPHIC)      
Steaks - Uncooked Beef, Veal, Lamb, & Pork 6 to 12 Months 3 to 5 Days  Needs Refrigeration
Chops - Uncooked Beef, Veal, Lamb, & Pork 4 to 6 Months 3 to 5 Days  Needs Refrigeration
Roasts - Uncooked Beef, Veal, Lamb, & Pork 4 to 12 Months 3 to 5 Days  Needs Refrigeration
Ground - Veal, Pork, Lamb  3 to 4 Months 1 to 2 Days  Needs Refrigeration
Tongue, Kidneys, Liver, Heart, Chitterlings - Uncooked  3 to 4 Months 1 to 2 Days  Needs Refrigeration
Cooked Meat and Meat Dishes  2 to 3 Months 3 to 4 Days  Needs Refrigeration
Gravy and Meat Broth 2 to 3 Months 1 to 2 Days  Needs Refrigeration
Hamburger and Stew Meats  3 to 4 Months 1 to 2 Days  Needs Refrigeration
Corned Beef -  in Pouch with Pickling Juices Drained, 1 Month 5 to 7 Days  Needs Refrigeration
Ham - Canned Labeled “Keep Refrigerated" - Unopened Don’t Freeze 6 to 9 Months  Needs Refrigeration
Ham - Canned Labeled “Keep Refrigerated"  Opened  1 to 2 Months 3 to 5 Days  Needs Refrigeration
Whole Ham - Cooked 1 to 2 Months 7 Days  Needs Refrigeration
Half Ham - Cooked 1 to 2 Months 3 to 5 Days  Needs Refrigeration
Slices of Ham - Cooked 1 to 2 Months 3 to 4 Days  Needs Refrigeration
       
Poultry (See our INFOGRAPHIC)      
Whole Chicken or Turkey - Uncooked 1 Year 1 to 2 Days  Needs Refrigeration
Chicken or Turkey Parts - Uncooked 9 Months 1 to 2 Days Needs Refrigeration
Giblets  3 to 4 Months 1 to 2 Days  Needs Refrigeration
Ground Turkey 3 to 4 Months 1 to 2 Days  Needs Refrigeration
Cooked Poultry Dishes  4 to 6 Months 3 to 4 Days  Needs Refrigeration
Chicken and Turkey Pieces - Plain  4 Months 3 to 4 Days Needs Refrigeration
Chicken and Turkey - Covered with Broth or Gravy  6 Months 3 to 4 Days Needs Refrigeration
Chicken Nuggets or Patties  2 Months 3 to 4 Days  Needs Refrigeration
       

Don't see a food item on our list? Feel free to comment below and share some food storage advice. Check out our saving tips for your fridge.

 

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