Last year we finally bought a small deep freeze and it has been great. Our refrigerator is a side-by-side so the freezer space there is limited, but with the extra freezer we have a lot more room now.
As much as 30 to 40 percent of all food in North America is wasted, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. That’s about 20 pounds per person every month! In terms of money, that’s an alarming $165 billion in wasted food annually, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.
A smarter freezer storage plan, coupled with buying in bulk, saves time, money, decreases waste and makes for a more organized home. You can maximize the value of your freezer and ensure your hard-earned dollars don’t go to waste with these five easy tips to help keep your family and freezer organized.
- Add a Stand Alone Freezer.
Make room to save more. Consumers annually save $750 on their food bill when buying in bulk. A freezer provides additional storage space, giving you the flexibility to store larger quantities of food out of the way while you keep items for immediate use close by. A great option is the Frigidaire freezer, which boasts ample storage capacity, superior organization and peace of mind. Plus, it’s ENERGY STAR qualified and is more than 22 percent energy efficient than standard freezers. This is one of the biggest ways my family is saving on food costs now days.
- Make a Meal Prep Day
Now there are some folks that do a whole month of freezer meals but you don’t have to go that far. Make up a few freezer friendly meals to have on hand as well as making your own convenience foods like my Homemade Breakfast Burritos or Greek Yogurt Fruit Smoothie Freezer Packs. Some dishes I just make a double batch of and eat one that night and freeze the other batch for later like my Beef Florentine Stuffed Pasta Shells. You can ensure you always have healthy, home-cooked meals on hand by taking a few hours once a week to prep and cook your meals. Meals that you’ll eat early in the week can be kept in the fridge until mealtime. Dishes you plan to eat later in the week can be placed in storage containers and frozen until use. After some practice, you’ll be able to work efficiently and prep meals that work best for your family.
- Buy in Bulk Sometimes
Think about how well items freeze before you decide to buy in bulk. Also look for a neighbor or relative who might want to split bulk items with you so you both get the savings but not quite so much of one food. We do this buy purchasing large cuts or packages of raw meat and cutting and packing into quantities that fit just Hubby and I and Hubby also does this with lunch meat to save money.
- Get a FoodSaver
Reducing the excess air in storage bags and containers will help reduce freezer burn which toughens textures and makes flavors not so great. We have been using a FoodSaver for a while now and think it is a worthy investment to save money. Note, however, that you’ll need to leave space in containers that hold soup or sauce as liquid expands when frozen and could potentially crack your storage containers.
How do you use your freezer to save money?
Partial Source: Frigidaire and Family Features