8 Freezer Meal Recipes

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Last week, I took on a bold task to create extra meals to store in the freezer. Freezer cooking is wildly popular–just search the topic on Pinterest and you’ll find loads of recipe ideas. But instead of using other people’s recipes, I just searched my own repertoire and realized that I have a variety of recipes that my family loves that can easily be prepped ahead of time and stored in the freezer. 8 Freezer Meal Recipes.

Shopping Your Freezer and Pantry | Kitchen Economics

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The next time you make your menu plan and grocery list, instead of glancing through the sales circulars for ideas, challenge yourself to see what's lurking in your freezer and pantry. I found a few things in my freezer that really need to be used up before freezer burn sets in, so my menu this week will be determined by my quick inventory. Have you shopped your freezer and pantry lately? Kitchen Economics Saving Money - In the Kitchen

Vegetable Freezer Bags for Homemade Chicken Stock | Kitchen Economics

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I cook with it quite a bit and try to keep it in my freezer at all times. I cleaned and chopped up the vegetables and divided them into 6 freezer bags. Kitchen Economics Saving Money - In the KitchenRoasted chicken in one of my all time favorite meals. And if I'm roasting a chicken then you can be certain that I will also make a batch of homemade chicken stock.

How to Cut an Onion | Kitchen Economics

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I was afraid of them going bad before I could use them, so I chopped them all up to store in the freezer. I placed each chopped onion in an individual freezer container. Kitchen Economics Cooking 'How-To' SeriesRecently, I found myself with quite a few onions in my kitchen. Yes, all six of them and not a single tear was shed. There are two sides to the onion: the root. and the top of the onion that grew out of the ground.

Revitalize Dried Out Baby Carrots | Kitchen Economics Link Up

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I put the shredded carrots in a freezer bag and in the freezer for future use. Once in the freezer, I lay the bag flat and spread out the carrots.) If I don't think we will use the peppers before they go bad, I'll clean them, chop them up and put them in a freezer bag for future soups and casseroles. Welcome to the Kitchen Economics Link Up ~ Cost Cutting Tips to Help You Save Money in the Kitchen. Kitchen Economics ~ A Carnival Saving Money - In the Kitchen

Search by Ingredient for Inspiration | Kitchen Economics

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There was plenty of food in the refrigerator, freezer and pantry, but the items on my grocery list were things that I needed to pull my planned meals together. Kitchen Economics Saving Money - In the KitchenDo you ever have an odd ingredient that you're not sure what to do with? Do you have a kitchen full of ingredients and your not sure how to pull them together to make a meal?

Saving Money on Meat and Poultry | Kitchen Economics

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A price like that happens rarely though, so I don't stock the freezer with a lot of poultry, because the normal sale rotation of it is fairly frequent. There was nothing wrong with the chickens as long as I used them immediately or put them in the freezer. Kitchen Economics Saving Money - In the KitchenMeat and poultry are usually the most expensive items on my grocery list. We eat mostly poultry and I only buy it when it is on sale.

Reusing Glass Jars | Kitchen Economics

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I have a grandmother who would never dream of buying containers to store leftovers or food for the freezer. Maybe it was the screw on lids that attracted me and how they were so uniform and neatly fit in my freezer or cupboards. The glass jars are perfect for storing my homemade sugar-free applesauce , homemade chicken stock , and roasted tomato sauce in the freezer.

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How to Make Homemade Chicken Stock on the Stove Top | Kitchen Economics Link-Up

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Stir well and place in freezer containers. Will last about one week in the refrigerator and 3 months in the freezer. Welcome to the Kitchen Economics Link Up ~ Cost Cutting Tips to Help You Save Money in the Kitchen. Kitchen Economics ~ A Carnival Saving Money - In the Kitchen Cooking 'How-To' SeriesHomemade chicken stock is an easy way to stretch your grocery dollar, especially when you buy your whole chicken at your buy price. My buy and stock-up price is.79/lb.

35 Money-Saving Grocery Tips | Kitchen Economics

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A couple of years ago, I coined the term, Kitchen Economics , after I read a dictionary definition of the word "economics" : "the science that deals with the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services, or the material welfare of humankind." Utilize your freezer. Have an emergency back up meal in freezer or pantry at all times. Shop your freezer/pantry. Create vegetable freezer bags for making chicken/turkey stock.

Eleven Tips for Easier Menu Planning | Kitchen Economics Link-Up

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Because I menu plan, I pull frozen meat from the freezer the night before my planned meal. Keep your pantry, freezer and refrigerator organized so that you can cross reference what is on sale, the ingredients needed for recipes and what you have on hand. When I look in the freezer and see several packages of ground turkey, I then look on our list under Turkey for recipes. Kitchen Economics ~ A Carnival Saving Money - In the Kitchen

Want a Month of Free Groceries? Stop Wasting Food | Kitchen Economics Link Up

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Some ways to avoid food waste: Put the leftovers in your freezer. Raw vegetables like carrots, peppers, onions and parsley can be shredded or chopped and bagged and stored in the freezer for future dishes. Welcome to the Kitchen Economics Link Up ~ Cost Cutting Tips to Help You Save Money in the Kitchen. Kitchen Economics ~ A Carnival Saving Money - In the Kitchen

Ten Paper Products To Cross Off Your Grocery List | Kitchen Economics Link Up

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I re-use pasta sauce jars for my homemade chicken stock , or my Roasted Roma Tomato Sauce , or my homemade sugar-free applesauce and store them in my freezer. Welcome to the Kitchen Economics Link Up ~ Cost Cutting Tips to Help You Save Money in the Kitchen. Green Living Kitchen Economics ~ A Carnival Saving Money - In the KitchenAre you looking for more ways to trim your grocery bill? Are you trying to run a more 'green' household?

Save Money On Groceries Without Using Coupons | Kitchen Economics Link Up

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Utilize the Freezer Freeze those leftovers. Raw vegetables like carrots, peppers, onions and parsley can be shredded or chopped and bagged and stored in the freezer for future dishes. Stockpile in the freezer. I stocked up and put them in the freezer for storage and to prevent bugs. When chicken roasters are on sale at.79/lb, I buy at least 3 of them and store in the freezer. When organic bread is on sale, I stock up and store in the freezer.

Stock Up & Save With Pre-Holiday Grocery Sales | Kitchen Economics Link Up

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I stock up my freezer, pantry and I like to buy extra to donate to the food bank. Welcome to the Kitchen Economics Link Up ~ Cost Cutting Tips to Help You Save Money in the Kitchen. Kitchen Economics ~ A Carnival Saving Money - In the KitchenEaster is four days away and I can smell my mom's baked ham now. Divine. The 2-3 weeks leading up to most holidays is a great time to stock up on seasonal food, especially meat.

How to Save Money at the Apple Orchard | Kitchen Economics

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This weekend, I bought (2) 1/2 bushel bags worth of seconds and I spent all of Sunday night making my sugar-free applesauce for the freezer. One of my favorite times of year is apple season. Every fall, we head to a local orchard for a fun-filled day. The orchard offers a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, a children's play area with slides, swings, peddle-powered go-carts, and a corn box, and of course, apple picking.

Turn 1 Rotisserie Chicken into 3 Easy Meals

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Chicken & Black Bean Enchiladas – This recipe is freezer friendly. Kitchen Economics Recipes - Main Dish Recipes - Sides & SoupsRotisserie Chickens are one of my time savers. They are extremely convenient, inexpensive and my family thinks they’re delicious. You could buy raw whole chickens for less per pound and roast yourself, but rotisserie chicken makes a very quick dinner when time is short.

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My $2.50 Homemade Pizza

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I challenged myself to a pantry/freezer challenge in the month of May and after inventorying what I had on hand, I found some turkey pepperoni in my freezer, and a half jar of marinara sauce and a packet of yeast in the refrigerator. Grocery Budget Challenge Kitchen Economics Recipes - Main Dish My husband doesn’t always get to eat dinner with me and the girls during the week due to his work schedule, so I like to make a big deal out of dinner time on the weekends.

My #1 Tool that Saves Me Hundreds on Groceries

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8 Freezer Meal Recipes. Kitchen Economics Saving Money - In the KitchenHow would you like to cut your grocery bill? It is POSSIBLE. Meal planning is by far the #1 way I save money on groceries. I can NOT stress that enough. So I’ll say it again. “MEAL PLANNING IS THE #1 WAY I SAVE MONEY ON GROCERIES.” ” And there is one tool that I use that makes meal planning very easy.

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10 Smart Tips to Save Money on Meat

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a pound, so when the price dips below that I’ll stock up for the freezer. Take advantage of the value packs, especially when they are on sale, and break the pack into smaller portions and store in your freezer. If you have freezer space, stock up. If you know it won’t be eaten in time, place leftovers in a freezer container, label, and store in the freezer. 8 Freezer Meal Recipes. Kitchen Economics Saving Money - In the Kitchen

How I Scored 16 lbs. of Meat for Just $17.20

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If you’re not going to use immediately, store in your freezer and when you’re ready to use, thaw the meat in your refrigerator. Cook the meat immediately and store in your freezer until you need it. What I did with 16 lbs of meat: I browned the 5 pounds of breakfast sausage and put in a freezer bag. I immediately stuck the chicken in the freezer and am not searching Pinterest for some new slow cooker recipes. I was never much of a cook before kids.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Tips: Answers to the Most Common Turkey Questions

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The leftovers can be stored in the freezer like I suggest below. If you forget to get the turkey out of the freezer in time, you can thaw the turkey in cold water. And if you’re a little tired of leftover turkey, simply chop the turkey and store in 2 cup portions in the freezer for future use. Cooking 'How-To' Series Kitchen Economics Recipes - Main Dish Saving Money - In the KitchenIs it your turn to roast the Thanksgiving turkey this year?

How to Cook Dried Beans

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cup portions in freezer containers or bags. When I’m in a pinch, I’ll buy a can, but right now my freezer is stocked with plenty of beans. Kitchen Economics Recipes - Slow Cooker Saving Money - In the Kitchen beans Cooking dried beans sounds like a lot of work, but I’m going to show you that it is quite easy. The benefits of cooking your beans instead of buying them canned far out number any extra work. Cooked beans taste better than canned beans.

20 Frugal & Tasty Rice and Beans Recipes

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This is also a time saving freezer meal. Kitchen EconomicsRice and beans are two inexpensive ingredients that people equate with frugal cooking and boring recipes. Instead they are a tasty way to keep your grocery budget in line while adding protein and fiber into your diet. In my kitchen, beans and rice are staples and find their way to our dinner table at least once a week.

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How to Freeze Basil

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It is fairly easy process, but you can't just put the basil leaves in the freezer like I do when I freeze other herbs. The basil leaves will turn black in the freezer. Place int the freezer. Once frozen, move the basil cubes into a freezer bag. Organic Kitchen Economics Gardening Saving Money - In the Kitchen Cooking 'How-To' SeriesI didn't bother growing basil in my garden this year, because we always receive such large quantities from our CSA.

Zucchini Basil Corn Muffins

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I make several batches to store in the freezer for the colder months when soups are a menu staple. Make several batches and freeze in freezer bags to serve with soups during the colder months. Kitchen Economics Easy Summer Food Recipes - Breads If you are looking for new ways to use up your garden zucchini and basil and you don''t mind turning on your oven, try these savory and tasty Zucchini Basil Corn Muffins.

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I'm Doing a Pantry Challenge in February

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My goal is to plan February's menu around what is currently in my pantry and freezer and fill in any needs at the store, but reduce my overall monthly grocery expenses. I took an inventory of my freezer tonight and I started plotting our meals for the month. I usually plan my menu once a week, but I have almost 3 weeks of meals planned so far for February with what is currently in my freezer. Kitchen Economics

Skip the AM Drive-Thru & Eat Breakfast at Home | 31 Days to Find $1000

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Egg & Sausage Burritos (Freezer Recipe) – prepare a batch and store in the freezer. . Pancakes – Make a double batch over the weekend and store in the freezer. 31 Days to Find $1000 Kitchen Economics Recipes - Breakfast/Brunch In the month of October, my challenge will be to find $1000. Mondays thru Saturdays in October, I will have ideas to help you find $1000 too.

Homemade Breadcrumbs

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Whenever I clean out my freezer, I inevitably find a few bags of bread ends that no one has bothered to finish using. Put the crumbs in a freezer container and then store the crumbs in the freezer. I try to use the crumbs up within 6 months so that they don't become freezer burned. Kitchen EconomicsMost likely that person was me, since I have this aversion to eating the end of a loaf of bread in a sandwich while it doesn't even phase my husband.

The #1 Way I Save Money on Meat

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If I don’t use the meat immediately, I store in my freezer and when I’m ready to use, I thaw it in my refrigerator. Grocery Budget Challenge Kitchen Economics Saving Money - In the Kitchen Meat tends to be one of the priciest items on my grocery list and I’ve found a way to control the costs: I buy marked down meat. Yep, I’ve been buying it for well over 10 years and I’ve never had a problem.

11 Simple Meal Planning Tips

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When I do plan our meals, I pull frozen meat from the freezer the night before my planned meal and I’m not stressed over the inevitable question around 4 o’clock in the afternoon, “mommy, what’s for dinner?” Keep your pantry, freezer and refrigerator organized. Kitchen Economics Saving Money - In the Kitchen My husband and I made some serious financial goals for 2014.

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20 Ways to Use Ripe Bananas

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I just unpeel them and stick them in a freezer bag. Kitchen Economics Cooking 'How-To' SeriesWhile I love to eat bananas in their original form, I much prefer them baked, grilled, whipped, blended, and frozen. I love it when our bananas get so ripe that my kids won't eat them because they look funny, because that is when bananas are at their best--ripe & sweet! 20 Ways to Use Ripe Bananas. Banana Oatmeal Muffins at Family Balance Sheet.

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Batch Cooking & Freezing: Chicken Breasts for Future Meals

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Place in freezer containers and store in the freezer until future use. Easy meal ideas for your cooked chicken: Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Muffins Chicken Cornbread Potpie Pulled Chicken BBQ Sandwiches Chicken, Black Bean & Sweet Potato Quesadillas Chicken Corn Soup Easy Chicken Noodle Soup Do you pre-cook chicken for the freezer and future meals? Kitchen Economics Recipes - Slow Cooker Cooking 'How-To' SeriesMeal time is starting to get more hectic around here.

Reduce Your Grocery Spending Without Sacrificing Quality | 31 Days to Find $1000

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Utilize your freezer. Have an emergency back up meal in freezer or pantry at all times. Shop your freezer/pantry. Create vegetable freezer bags for making chicken/turkey stock. 31 Days to Find $1000 Kitchen Economics In the month of October, my challenge will be to find $1000. Mondays thru Saturdays in October, I will have ideas to help you find $1000 too.

How to Safely Thaw a Frozen Turkey

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If you forget to get the turkey out of the freezer in time, you can thaw the turkey in cold water. Kitchen Economics Saving Money - During the Holidays Turkey Week Saving Money - In the Kitchen Cooking 'How-To' SeriesThere are two ways to thaw a frozen turkey. Thaw the turkey in the refrigerator. Leave the frozen turkey in its packaging and place in a pan. Trust me on this. A few years ago, I simply put the frozen turkey in the fridge without placing in a pan.

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Homemade Turkey Stock

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I like to freeze in 1 cup and 24 oz freezer containers. Kitchen Economics Turkey Week Cooking 'How-To' SeriesIf you've gone to the trouble to roast the turkey for Thanksgiving, then you might as well take the next step and make homemade turkey stock. Homemade Turkey Stock. Ingredients. Turkey carcass and reserved neck. 1 onion, quartered. 2-3 celery stalks. 2-3 carrot sticks. 1 garlic head, remove some of the white papery cover, cut in half crosswise.

25 lbs of FREE Flour and Why You Should Always Pay Attention at The Check-Out

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I stored the 5 lb sacks that I bought in December in the freezer and that worked out well, but I would need some kind of container for this 25 lb bag to keep it in the freezer.[link] I rearranged my freezer and the new container fit right in. Kitchen Economics Saving Money - In the KitchenI learned a very valuable lesson at the grocery store yesterday. link] I had flour on my shopping list.

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Batch Browning & Freezing Ground Meat and Sausage

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Lasagna, tacos, sloppy joes are all meals that I've recently made by using cooked meat from the freezer. Divide up and store in freezer containers or bags. Kitchen Economics Saving Money - In the KitchenFor years, I've been buying the larger packages (3+ pounds) of ground turkey and sausage, because the sale price per unit is so much better than the smaller packages. I would divide the raw meat into 1 pound portions and freeze individually.

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This One Technique Helped a Single Mom Save $312 on Food

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Sometimes I take a bag of vegetables from the freezer versus the fresh vegetables which go bad a lot sooner. So rather than searching through the fridge and freezer to see what we have, we just look at previous receipts that serve as lists.”. Kitchen Economics Saving Money - In the KitchenGuest post from Karen of MoneySavingEnthusiast.com. You’re about to see how teacher, Jessica G.,

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Save Up to 50% Off or More at Your Local Bread Outlet

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I have noticed the expiration date on the bread is usually within a few days, so I take the loaves home and put them in our freezer right away. Kitchen Economics Saving Money - In the KitchenWe go through a lot of bread at my house. Jelly toast, peanut butter toast, grilled cheese sandwiches, egg salad sandwiches, fried egg sandwiches, chicken salad sandwiches.well, you get the picture. For many years, we have eaten 100% whole wheat bread.

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How I Spent $425 on Groceries in March

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A couple of notes to keep in mind: I keep a moderately stocked freezer with marked down meat , loss leaders , batch pre-cooked meat , cooked beans , homemade baked goods and sauces. I made a large batch of homemade sugar-free applesauce in March that I stored in the freezer. Honestly the Oreos are still in my freezer. I have been diligently challenging myself to spend less at the grocery store this year.

Christmas Savings Club | August Meeting

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My goal during the pantry challenge was to shop our freezer and pantry to put together my weekly menus instead of only using the Sunday sales flyers. Christmas Savings Club Kitchen Economics Saving Money - During the Holidays Happy 4 months til Christmas! On the 25th of every month from January to November in 2013, I''m holding a virtual meeting for the Christmas Savings Club.

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How I’m Managing our Family Budget during the Pandemic

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A layoff or a drop of business happened in the past, but a global economic shut down from a deadly virus? I shop once a week and while I have some stuff in my freezer and cupboards, I don’t have more than two week’s worth of food if we absolutely couldn’t leave our house at all. Like many across the globe, my family’s finances are a bit unstable due to the Coronvius Pandemic.

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