By Cyndi Roberts
When you're trying to make those grocery dollars stretch as far
as possible, a home freezer can truly be your budget's best friend!
We all probably realize that extra beef, chicken, etc. can be
kept for long periods of time in the freezer; and also that surplus produce from
the garden can be preserved easily in the freezer.
I have researched and found some items which can be frozen that
some people may not be aware of. And some uses for the freezer that are a little
Remember to wrap foods with foil or store in airtight containers
or zipper bags. Air is the cause of freezer burn. Even bread needs to be
double-bagged, as bread wrappers are not airtight.
Dairy products are one thing that you may not realize can be
frozen. When you find milk, eggs, butter or cheese at a really good price, you
CAN stock up!
Freeze milk in the carton and thaw in refrigerator. Stir or
shake before serving.
Butter can be kept for 6 months in its original wrapper in the
freezer. Thaw in fridge before using.
You might want to pack cheese in a zipper-top freezer bag before
freezing. Shredded cheese can be added to recipes without thawing.
Eggs take a little more preparation. Mix 1 cup of raw eggs with
1 teaspoon salt. Store in an airtight freezer container. When needed, let thaw
overnight in refrigerator. For 1 egg, use about 3 tablespoons of mixture.
If you store your brown sugar in the freezer, it will not
Nuts, shelled or unshelled, retain their freshness when kept in
Honey will not crystallize if it is stored in the freezer. It
does not freeze solid. Let thaw at room temperature.
Keep marshmallows in the freezer to keep them from turning hard.
To have "fresh" herbs all winter long, put chopped herbs in ice
cube trays, fill with water and freeze. When needed, pop a cube out.
Lemons, limes, and oranges can be frozen whole. When a recipe
calls for juice, just defrost as many as you need in the microwave.
Here's a good one: after using, store your soapy steel wool pad
in the freezer and it won't rust. Just remove from the freezer while you're
cooking supper and it will be ready to use when you do the dishes.
Store your popcorn in your freezer. Pop while it's still frozen
and it will pop lighter with fewer unpopped kernels.
If your freezer is not full, it will run more efficiently if you
fill up the empty spaces with jugs of water.
Your freezer "can" be your friend if you use it to its full
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