You know, it’s odd… can’t get me to do laundry for at least a week or make the bed but hot damn, give me a grocery list, vacuum sealer and a fridge/ freezer and I’ll spend all day organizing.
I LOVE to buy in bulk and stock up for a few months. A few reasons, it saves money, our monthly grocery bill is less and it taught us to be less wasteful. In this blog post I’m going to give you tips for buying in bulk, vacuum sealing and foods that are great to freeze.
Tip #1: Buying in Bulk
I buy meats in bulk. Chicken, beef, pork, bacon, sausage link, etc. I stalk grocery store ads to see when they’re having great deals on meats. I literally am on an email list for my favorite stores and get the weekly ad emails that share what’s new and deals of the week.
I’ll buy my meats in bulk and then vacuum seal it into portions, date the seal and put it in the freezer. I have sections in my freezer specifically for beef, chicken and pork. This helps me so I know when I’m getting low and I’m not just digging around looking for things.
Another thing I buy in bulk is veggies. Whether they are already frozen or fresh. Freezer corn is one of my favorites to shuck and portion into small bags. I don’t blanch the corn either. We cut it right off the cob, place it in the bag then freeze it! Easy peasy!
Tip #2 Invest In A Vacuum Sealer!
I promise you, it will be one of the best investments you can make! I can also promise you that you’ll get addicted and want to vacuum seal everything in the house!
I vacuum seal meats, veggies, fruits, fish, omelettes, pasta, soups, herbs, cheese etc. Vacuum sealing preserves the life of the food and keeps it fresh. I’ve had some foods last over a year, no problem!
You’ll save yourself the hassle of throwing out freezer burnt foods and preserve more meals for you and your family. I have a rule unless I’m using the meat within 2 weeks, it gets sealed.
Tip #3: Foods You Can Freeze
- Baked goods
- Beans (cook them first then freeze them for future soups)
- Tomatoes (I’ll chat more about this in a minute!)
- Pasta (My Mac n cheese does great!)
- Fruits (flash freeze them and use them for smoothies or other recipes as they tend to get a little soggy once thawed)
What’s Flash Freezing?
Flash Freezing is where you place foods on a pan and place them in the freezer to freeze individually such as blueberries for example. Once they’re frozen you can place the fruit in a sealed bag and it prevents from anything sticking together.
This is by far one of my favorite things to freeze! I will buy loads of tomatoes in the summer and take them home, wash em’ up, cut out the core and place 12 in a sealed bag for future chili’s or pasta sauce! I use regular tomatoes or sometimes Roma’s and would then place 16 in a bag since they’re smaller. Believe it or not but once they thaw the skin slides right off!