Save Time and Money by Flash Freezing
Posted by supermom on January 5, 2009
One of the ways that I save both time and money is to flash freeze certain foods in order to be able to pull them out of the freezer in the quantities that I want, when I want without having to pry things apart.
To flash freeze anything, simply lay out individually whichever food you are freezing on a cookie sheet and then pop into the freezer until the food is frozen through. Then remove and store in freezer bags or containers. When you’re ready to use it, take out the number of portions that you need for the particular meal you are making.
For instance, yesterday we found green peppers on sale. We bought what we thought we’d be able to use over the next few months. When we got home we flash froze them.
First we chopped them to the right size for using in chilies and soups. The chopped peppers were spread out in a single layer on a cookie sheet.
Once they’d frozen overnight, I packaged them ¾ c per snack size bag.
Hubby sucked out as much air as possible before sealing them. And then I placed them inside another plastic container in order to keep the pepper smell from permeating into other foods. This step is only necessary with pungent smelling veggies.
Many foods can be flash frozen; peppers, onions, all varieties of berries, as well as, individual cuts of meat, hamburger patties and poultry.
For other frugal, money saving ideas be sure to check out Tightwad Tuesday over at BeingFrugal.net.
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