Whether you have a huge family or you're just a single person living in a bachelor apartment, we could all stand to save a little bit of money on groceries. Having take-out every day can be incredibly expensive, and buying frozen dinners isn't exactly cheap either. On top of that, those foods are usually full of preservatives and they rarely constitute what most would consider as being a healthy meal. The alternative is cooking, but who has the time to prepare every meal for each day? Additionally, fresh groceries tend to go bad really quickly and often start to turn before we get to use them all up. This can result in a lot wasted food and money, but it doesn't have to be that way. Using your freezer to its full potential, you too can save time and money, as well as eat healthier.
When You Only Need A Small Amount
So many recipes out there call for a small amount of an ingredient that is only sold in large portions. For instance, biscuits and marinade usually require some buttermilk, but it is never sold in a portion that is less than a quart. All you have to do is get a spare ice cube tray, freeze individual portions, and store those portions in a freezer bag in your freezer.
Freezing Small Portions Of Tomato Paste
The same idea applies to thicker pastes. For ingredients like tomato paste, freeze dollops on a pan that is lined with wax paper. Once they are hardened, properly store them in your freezer inside of a sealed container or freezer bag.
Green onions are a great way to add flavor to any dish, and you'll be surprised at just how well they do in the freezer. Simply chop up a bushel, and store any excess in a clean water bottle. Whenever you need some more, just pop the bottle open and dispense some more.
Make Breakfast A Lot Easier
Pancakes are one of the most delicious items you can have for breakfast. Unfortunately, they do take a bit of time to make. Surprisingly, they actually still taste great if you make them ahead of time, freeze them, and defrost them later. Freeze them on a pan lined with parchment paper so that they don't stick together, then warm them up in the oven when it's time to eat.
Single Servings Of Soup
If you love making your own soup, you know that it is more convenient to make it in large batches. This sometimes means that you are eating soup every day for the rest of the week. It might not be a bad thing, but if you want a bit more variety, try freezing individual portions and thawing them when you have a craving.
Shred Your Own Cheese
Shredded cheese is way more expensive than buying a block and shredding it yourself. After you're through shredding, make your cheese last longer by storing it in the freezer.
Puree Your Expensive Greens
Healthier eating habits are starting to become more popular and this has made kale one of the most sought-after leafy greens in the grocery store. However, it is expensive and can go bad rather quickly. If you are set on making kale smoothies, try making these kale cubes by following the instructions found here.
Single Portions Of Protein
Save money by buying your meat in bulk and freezing single portions of meat. This way you always have some on hand, and you don't have to defrost a huge amount when a recipe only calls for a little. Learn how to by following this tutorial.
Herbs And Olive Oil
Fresh herbs are always sold in larger portions than you typically need. This can result in a lot of waste, but there is an alternative. All you have to do is put individual portions into an ice cube tray, fill with olive oil, and stick it in the freezer.
Freeze Your Eggs
If you love the taste of farm-fresh eggs, this little tip is definitely for you. The next time you are at a farmers’ market, buy as many eggs as you want and store them in your freezer inside of a silicone mold. These eggs are way healthier than what you would find at a grocery store, and freezing them for storage makes them last longer.
Avocados are notorious for going bad really quickly. To save you from another trip to the grocery store, buy a large amount and keep them stored in your freezer. Be sure to brush them with lime juice after slicing them up to prevent them from browning.
If you prefer to have them pureed, just blend them up with a dash of lime juice and freeze them until you are ready for them.
Freeze Bananas To Make "Ice Cream"
If your bananas are falling apart from becoming overripe, stick them in the freezer to make this delicious treat.