Thursday, March 31, 2011

buy it, stockpile it...freeze it!

Can I really Freeze that.............

So, in my adventures in couponing, and batch cooking, I've started to learn how stock up on certain things and get the most "bang for my buck".  Here are some things you can put in your freezer...

Eggs can be frozen for up to one year. Don’t freeze eggs in the shell, remove them from the shells and mix them well before freezing. After mixing well pour them into an ice cube tray and cover with saran wrap. They can be placed in a freezer safe container after frozen. They should be thawed in the refrigerator the day before you plan to use them for best results.

Milk can be frozen however it may separate when thawed. Frozen milk is excellent for cooking and can be used for drinking but may need to be shaken. Freeze milk by the gallon by removing some of the milk (1 ½ cups) per gallon so when the jug expands it doesn’t overflow. You do not have to remove milk from a paper half gallon. It can be frozen for 1 month. For best results thaw in the refrigerator and shake well before using.
You can also freeze cheese, bread, fresh fruits (remove oranges from the rind), meat, OJ, butter, veggies and more!  Shredded and block cheese freeze very well in the original package.    Bread also freezes well in the original bread bag.  When freezing OJ follow the same procedure as milk.  Margarine and butter freezes fine in the original packages.  I really love to freeze my own veggies and fruit during the summer from my garden  or when they are low prices and use them all winter long. You can also store your coffee and spices so they will stay fresher, and by storing your popcorn kernels they will pop lighter and there will be fewer kernels left in the bottom of the bowl!
-Not just food though, here's a few other things you might find in my freezer....
-My kids' allergy doctor told me to freeze their stuff toys once a week or so to kill dust mites.  But this works on anything that you want to kill the bacteria on, purses, make-up, hats, gloves, I would make sure they are secured in a zip-lock first!
-Put flour in the freezer to keep bugs out. It stays soft and bug free!
-When you have a little leftover wine from dinner, pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze it. "Wine cubes" are perfect to use in making stock and other cooking.
-keeping the freezer chock-full helps to insulate it and perform better, and keeps things cold longer if the electricity failed.
And if there's something you are still wondering about here's a list to the National Center for Home Food Preservation and there will be a very long list of things and you can find out how, or if it can be frozen!

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