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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Freezer cooking is great for saving time and money. You can make healthy meals ahead of time that you can heat up when you don’t have time to cook. This is a great way to save money because you can buy the ingredients when they are on sale. Since the meals are frozen you no longer have to worry about items going bad before you are able to use them.

One of my favorite things to do is make double of a recipe. If you are already cooking something anyway you can make extra to freeze for another time. You can also freeze leftovers instead of having to try to eat them quickly. This helps you avoid wasting food and time.

What is your favorite meal to make ahead and freeze?

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    • mlw1ofakind

      When I have a bag of potatos that looks like its going bad, I dice them and spread them out on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer (sometimes I flour them.) Once their frozen I put them in a ziploc bag. Later I dip out however much I need to cook with- because they were frozen loose, it makes them easier to dip. They keep about 3 months.

    • Jessica

      I would love a good site that tells which meals freeze well and which ones don’t.

      • If you have pinterest, I have a board for freezer meals. I am moving more there so keep checking back.

    • Lora

      Almost anything freezes! Since we’re not big on leftovers we almost always freeze leftovers – taco meat, pasta, rice, chili, and leftover Chinese are our favorites to freeze.

    • Lynette Nobles

      Don’t freeze cream, or blocks of cheese,
      unless you are going to use it melted.We also buy gallons of milk (reduced price at Lowe’s Foods for $2) and freeze it.

    • betsy9295

      A good tip when you are freezing milk is to open the jug and pour some out into a cup or whatever then when the milk freezes and expands it doesn’t make the jug bulge and become distorted.

    • dtcox1

      i was gave a big bag of onions yesterday i have washed and diced up . great to freeze for anything ….. use in the winter when onions are so high ….the lady said they want sell when they sprout green in the stores. p.s. they sell froze onions in the freezer case everywhere now.

    • Meme007

      I use the foodsaver system for freezing. The only problem iI have encountered is when the vacuum seal activates, It pulls the liquid out. So when I am freezing things like diced chicken (grilled) I put it into another baggie and insert it into the foodsaver bag. I know this seems wasteful but it guarantees the moisture stays in the bag. I haven”t tried the system with soup but I think it would work with my “baggie” system. Foodsaver stores more compactly and really seals in the moisture.

      My mother-in-law taught me another trick. She kept a medium size container in the freezer and as she had just a small amount of meat or vegetables left over she added it to the container. This made up all the goodies in stews and soups.

    • Kim

      I will make double casserole recipes. I spray the container with a spray oil and then line with aluminum foil leaving excess above the tope of the container so that it will completely cover the top when folded over. I don’t cover the top yet. Place in freezer and when frozen remove. Lift the casserole by the extra foil and then cover the casserole with the foil. Next wrap the casserole very well or place in a large food saver bag. Place back in freezer. When ready to bake, remove from freezer. Let sit for 30 minutes and carefully remove the foil and place in the container it was frozen in to bake.

    • Kim

      I will make double casserole recipes. I spray the container with a spray oil and then line with aluminum foil leaving excess above the tope of the container so that it will completely cover the top when folded over. I don’t cover the top yet. Place in freezer and when frozen remove. Lift the casserole by the extra foil and then cover the casserole with the foil. Next wrap the casserole very well or place in a large food saver bag. Place back in freezer. When ready to bake, remove from freezer. Let sit for 30 minutes and carefully remove the foil and place in the container it was frozen in to bake.

    • visitor

      The rare occasion my kids don’t polish off a bunch of bananas before they are about to turn…I toss the remaining bananas in the freezer (skin on) then when we make smoothies I just pull out bananas and remove skin with a serrated edge knife and toss frozen banana in blender.
      Otherwise I cook good amounts of protein (ground beef, beef tips or chicken) and freeze… then I can just pull it out to make a quick batch of =whatever=

      • Starla

        I do this, and use them for banana bread too. Nobody in my house likes bananas with spots, so they go in the freezer.

    • rxchick

      I like to freeze taquitos, lasagne, chili & shredded chicken. A great site to learn about freezer cooking is Once a Month Mom.