These freezer hacks are sure to help you save money. You may learn about a new food that you didn't know that you could freeze, too!
You may or may not know that I have a crazy addiction to freezing things. Like, it's bad. I won't even tell you how many freezers I have, because you will judge me.
What can I say?? We have the space, my husband loves me anyway, and it just makes my life SO MUCH EASIER to freeze all. the. things. Hopefully these little tips/hacks/ideas help give you confidence to conquer your freezer and use it to its full potential!
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So there you have it! Not too crazy, right?
THINGS YOU CAN FREEZE
For 800 years now I've had the dream to do a mega post for you entitled “Things You Can Freeze” (has a nice ring to it, right??) and bust out a giant list of aaaaaaaaall the amazing things you can freeze, but probably aren't.
Well, I FINALLY got around to writing it! Make sure that you go check that post out on my new shelf cooking site – find that list of things you can freeze HERE.
TOOLS FOR MY FREEZER HACKS
In order to be able to use your freezer to its full potential, you've got to have a few additional tools to help you out. What good is freezing meat if you're just going to end up having to throw it out because of freezer burn? In order to prevent freezer burn (learn how to HERE), you'll need a few items to help you out.
- Disposable Pans – These are great because they're not as bulky as glass dishes and they're cheap! You can freeze a whole lasagna without worrying about using up all of your good pans.
- Aluminum Foil – This is what I cover my disposable pans with. I just double or triple wrap them and write the contents, date and baking instructions on the top.
- Freezer Baggies – FREEZER is the key word, here. They're thicker and will help to prevent your food from getting freezer burn. Just make sure that you get all of the air out when you close them! And don't forget to write down the contents and date them. It's no fun to have a guessing game of what's in a bag and how long it's been in there!
- Vacuum Sealer – This isn't a necessity, but it definitely helps you to store your meat for longer.
- Meal Containers – These are great for making smaller freezer meals that you can grab and go for busy days.
Did you know that the deeper you go in your freezer (especially a chest or pull-out freezer), the colder it is? I make sure that I store all of my meats in the coldest areas so that they'll stay fresher, longer. Then I'll store the smaller stuff in the drawers and at the top of the freezer.
I also like to use a freezer cube to help organize my freezer baggies. Make sure that you lie them down and freeze them as flat as possible, then you can stack them in the cube to help keep them organized.
How on Earth am I supposed to know what all is in my freezer, especially if it's a chest freezer? That's a question that I get a lot. Here's my simple answer – keep a freezer inventory sheet handy. I go over how to use one in my kitchen inventory post, so go read it for alllll of the details! It's really easy to know what's in your freezer this way. You can write down the dates that you put it in the freezer so that you know when you need to use your food by without having to dig through it all.
TYPES OF FREEZERS AND HOW WE USE THEM
You know of my love for my freezers by now, so let me give you a little insight as to how I use each kind that I have! My absolute favorite freezer is my upright freezer. It's so easy to organize the food and to find what I'm looking for without having to dig a bunch of food out.
The chest freezer is really great for storing meat, since it stays colder with everything sitting on top of each other. The chest freezer is the best for buying meat in bulk (I'm talking 40-50 pounds). We've also gone in on part of a cow and stored the meat in our chest freezer.
The freezer attached to the fridge is the last type of freezer that we use and it's great for items that we use the most often. Since this is the only freezer in our kitchen, I keep it stocked with items that we go through the quickest so that I'm not constantly having to run to the basement to get things out of that freezer.
SHELF COOKING FREEZER HACKS
One of my favorite freezer hacks and reason that I love my freezers (besides them saving me tons of money on food)? They're great for shelf cooking. I'm all about cooking with what I have on hand and supplementing from the store, rather than the other way around. You should try it!
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What are YOUR favorite things to freeze? What questions do you have about freezing? Let me know in the comments!
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