If you come across a stellar deal on dairy, bread, produce and meat, stock up and freeze the extras!

Dairy

  • Butter: Freeze high-quality butter made from pasteurized cream. Salted butter keeps longer in the freezer than unsalted.
  • Cheese: Block cheese tends to get crumbly after freezing, so consider shredding before putting it in the freezer. Sealed shredded cheese can go right into the freezer.
  • Milk: Pasteurized homogenized milk can be frozen. Let thaw completely before using, and store in the refrigerator while it thaws. Shaking milk once thawed will help restore a normal consistency. Make sure to allow room for expansion when freezing liquids.
  • Yogurt: Sealed yogurt cups can go straight into the freezer, though if the yogurt is fruit-on-the-bottom, shake up the contents before freezing. Frozen yogurt makes a healthy ice cream alternative!

Bread

  • Well-wrapped loaves can go straight in the freezer and thawed overnight in the fridge when ready to be used.
  • For rolls and buns, make sure they are wrapped tightly in freezer safe bags. Store bread on the top of other foods to avoid crushing.

Produce

  • When your favorite fresh produce is in season and at rock bottom prices, stock up and freeze extras for later use. Great frozen candidates include grapes, berries, peppers, cherries, peaches, corn, peas, and green beans.
  • Remember to research needed processes, such as flash freezing and blanching before going forward.
  • Fresh produce that doesn’t fare well in the freezer includes lettuce, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, melon, and citrus.

Meat

  • Stores mark down prices for quick sales on items like meat and bakery usually at night or early morning hours. Keep a lookout for stickers saying things like “$ off this package,” “BOGO,” or “50% off.” If the food is nearing its expiration date, use it that evening or freeze it.
  • When meat prices are rock bottom, buy a few extra packages and freeze them.
  • Family size packages are often cheaper per pound than their small counterparts. Invest in a bigger package, then divide it up into portions when you get home. You can either cook it first then freeze, or freeze it raw. Make sure to seal them well in freezer bags to stave off frostbite.

Always write the date on the item before freezing it. This will help you keep an inventory of what’s in your freezer.

 

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19 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Stock Up and Freeze Perishables to Save Big”

  1. carbar80 says:

    Does anyone know if you can freeze coffee creamer? If you can, how long does it last frozen?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Freezing milk is a great idea. My mother did it years ago to provide for a rowdy bunch of five kids. In those days- not telling you how long ago- the milk came in waxed paper cartons. Plastic jugs hadn’t yet come into our world. Word of Warning- don’t try to freeze milk in the plastic jugs so common today. You run the risk of having the seams split during freezing. And you can guess what happens during the thaw period.
    Try freezing the milk in clean 2 liter soda bottles which is make of a heavier plastic. Just leave some head room and don’t put the cap on until after the milk is completely frozen.
    If you need to keep tomatoes until a convenient time to cook them in sauce or what, simply wash the ‘maters a place them whole and unpeeled into bags which are then placed in the freezer. As the tomatoes are cooking the peels will come off in the sauce and can be skimmed out.
    I freeze cream cheese. The taste after thawing is fine but the consistency can be a bit crumbly. But what does that matter if using this item in a dip or other recipe.
    I have some still in the shell eggs frozen. When ready to use, I will set the eggs out to that a bit, crack the shells, and then deposit the thawing egg into a bowl for later use.

  3. Diane Lloyd says:

    You can also freeze eggs for baking. A great thing to know when they go on sale for $1/dz.
    Put desired # for your baked item in a ziploc, break each yolk and seal the bag trying to get out as much air as possible. Be sure to label the bag as once frozen it’s hard to tell it’s eggs. Thaw them in the fridge and voila eggs ready for your favorite cake or cookie.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Tomatoes freeze great for later use in sauces or stews/soups. Melons freeze perfectly for use in smoothies, etc. And, zucchini and other summer squash (like yellow crook neck) freeze perfectly fine, sliced or diced, for applications such as using in casseroles.

    • Anonymous says:

      Good to know those work later as part of recipes (you just probably don’t want to freeze a whole melon or squash!) :)

  5. Lisa says:

    Zucchini can be frozen. Just peel, cut into smaller pieces, blend into a puree then freeze in 2 or 4 cup quantities in a ziploc. It can be used in baked goods like zucchini bread or muffins, add to your spaghetti sauce etc. It works great!

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks for the reminder! We were trying to point out not to freeze them whole :) Now you’ve made me hungry for zucchini bread!

  6. PLJR says:

    Cream chees freezes well. When it goes on sale, I stock up for baking. I just used a bar last week from the freezer brought it to room temperature. It baked up fine in a cream cheese pound cake. I still wonder about freezing sour cream for another kind of cake that I bake.

    • Anonymous says:

      Let us know how sour cream goes! My guess is the texture would change but might be okay if it’s mixed in something as part of an overall recipe.

  7. Anonymous says:

    i have done cream cheese-not perfect when defrosted but in a baking or hot dip scenario works great!
    sour cream however didn’t go so well…

  8. Sims says:

    I’ve heard that cream cheese freezes nicely as well.

  9. Anonymous says:

    You can freeze tomatoes. You wouldn’t use them for “fresh” applications like salsa, but you could make good pasta sauce. Just core them, blanch them to loosen the skins, peel them, freeze them, and bag them. Use within a few months. It is a good way to put off making the sauce, instead of having to make it while you’re harvesting.

  10. 3hopes3dreams says:

    Anyone know if sour cream or cottage cheese can be frozen? If so, does it need to be a in a different container from original packaging? Also, if it does freeze…does it freeze well?

  11. Anonymous says:

    How long can yogurt stay in the freezer? I had no idea you can freeze it!