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 in the 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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11 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Freeze Perishables to Save Big!”

  1. adreane2616 says:

    I freeze strawberries and put them in my “drink” makes my drink pretty and my “drink” wont get waterd down.. krogers has the hamburger and hot dog buns for $1, bought a bunch and put it In the freezer…. I always volunteer to bring the buns… lol..

  2. Jennifer says:

    I think getting an upright freezer is my favorite purchase we’ve made so far this year, lol. We have a tiny 1 bedroom apartment, but room was made for this beauty :) We love perusing discounted meats, breads, and stocking up on cheap pizza!

  3. Melanie Stone says:

    Can almond milk be frozen?

  4. SweetBlessing says:

    My mother in law said you can freeze cereal?

    • Anonymous says:

      Mine says you can freeze toilet paper. Do you think they may be related? ;)

    • Jillian says:

      Freezing cereal, flour, rice, and grains was something my grandmother did to keep out mealworms. If you put yours in an airtight container, you should be good for about a year, but if you want to store it longer than the expiration date, freeze it! :)

  5. Liljohnsmom916 says:

    Although you can’t freeze whole fruits, you can freeze citrus zest and juice – great for baking or recipes. I did this after receiving an abundance of fruit baskets at the same time last year.

  6. Jane57 says:

    Can you freeze Turkey Breast sliced cold cuts?

    • Liljohnsmom916 says:

      Yes, but I think deli meat gets watery after it is thawed. If I’m freezing turkey, chicken or roast beef cold cuts, I usually prepare them as a hot sandwich with gravy to deal with that issue. HTH…

  7. Anonymous says:

    Pizzaz freezes Twizzlers and then uses them as straws.