When I was a new mother, I remember an older, more experienced mom advising me to get a freezer. She assured me I would need one now that my husband and I had started our family. At the time, I had plenty of room in the freezer section of my kitchen refrigerator, so I wasn’t sure what she meant.
Today, I don’t know what I would do without the freezer we eventually purchased for our garage. It saves us time and money again and again. With a big family, I am accustomed to making “doubles” of certain meals – one for now and one for later — and to freezing leftovers. I also routinely freeze many fruits and veggies, but I am still learning other ways that a freezer can help us extend the life of our food and save on our food bill. With everyday items, such as aluminum foil, freezer bags and ice trays, you can freeze many more items than you may have thought. Here is a list of some foods you may not have thought you could freeze:
I used to carefully plan out how much milk to buy before my family went out of town so as not to waste any. Invariably, I would miscalculate, and we would run out. Did you know you can safely and easily freeze milk? Just pour out enough to allow for expansion and then place your milk container in the freezer for up to four to six weeks. When you return home, thaw the milk in the fridge for a day or so, give it a good shake to blend any separation that has occurred, and it is ready to drink.
You can take advantage of sales on butter by freezing it for later use. You can separate the sticks out and place them in airtight containers, but I have had success freezing it right in the original wrappings. Butter will stay fresh six months or more in the freezer.