20 Freezer Hacks to Save You Time and Money
January, 2016 · By Coryanne Ettiene
Somehow, freezer meals got a bad wrap, but not all freezers are stocked the same. There are plenty of ways to stock your freezer with real ingredients and save money and time while doing so. As a lover of real food, I’m always looking for ways to ensure that my freezer contents hold true to my passion for natural ingredients, so I’m sharing my 20 Freezer Hacks to Save You Time and Money along with my latest video for AOL that shows you how easy it is to fall in love with your freezer again. Plus, I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite Food and Lifestyle Experts, and Alexia Foods for a prize packed Pin Party showcasing our favorite freezer hacks, and pins dedicated to healthy freezer meals, freezer hacks, and some pretty cool tricks you didn’t see coming.
20 Freezer Hacks to Save You Time and Money
- Never see a rotten banana again. Freeze bananas peeled and sliced on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, once frozen move to a freezer bag and use in smoothies, baking or as a quick healthy snack that tastes like banana ice cream.
- When summer is in full swing, freeze berries, mangos, pineapple, peaches, apricots, and cherries by laying flat on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Once frozen, store in freezer bags and use in smoothies, or use to cool and add flavor to water and other drinks.
- When freezing citrus, create an accordion pattern of citrus slices and parchment paper, and then freeze them in a stack. Once frozen, store in a freezer bag and use them to cool and add flavor to water and other drinks.
- No time for a morning smoothie? Create smoothie bags for grab and go options. Or better yet, make smoothie ice trays, toss a few cubes in a glass of your favorite juice and you have a ‘lazy smoothie” on the go.
- Love those green smoothies, just not all the prep? Freeze blended Kale and Spinach and freeze them in ice cube trays. Just toss them into your next smoothie if the fresh stuff isn’t to hand.
- No one likes diluted iced tea or iced coffee. Fill a few ice trays with coffee or tea and then seal them in a freezer bag for when the mood strikes. And if you like milky iced coffee, freeze milk and use those cubes in your next iced coffee.
- When herbs are fresh, bundle them together and freeze in-between sheets of parchment paper. Once frozen, store in a freezer bag and drop them into stews, soups or roasts for added flavor.
- Another way to freeze fresh herbs is to chop them and freeze them in your favorite cooking oil. Rather than using an ice cube tray, freeze them flat in a bag. This will allow them to defrost quicker and if you only need a pinch, it is easy to take a pinch without waisting any.
- Make a big batch of pizza or bread dough and freeze it into single portions by wrapping in plastic wrap and then sealing it inside a freezer bag.
- If you are making cookies, make another batch and freeze individual scoops of dough. Freeze balled dough flat on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and store them in a freezer bag. When the cookie craving strikes, place the frozen dough in the oven and cook a few minutes longer than normal.
- Freeze meal portions of whole grains like brown, black, red or mixed rice, and, or even homemade beans for easy mid week meals by allowing them to cool to room temperature, sealing into a freezer bag and then using a ruler to divide the bag into 4 equal squares by pressing down onto of the bag when it is flat. Freeze flat, and then break off a square for a single portion mid week meal.
- Freeze left over wine or gifted wine (that you will never drink but is great for cooking with). Ice cube trays are common, but if you have a few cups of wine, freeze it flat in a freezer bag to save you time when you need to defrost it.
- Never run out of your favorite local bakery bread again. Buy 2 of your favorite loaf, slice one, and then freeze it in a freezer bag.
- There is no need to by store bought frozen burritos again. Whip up your favorite burrito, wrap in parchment paper and then seal in plastic wrap. When you are ready for your burrito, remove the plastic wrap and warm it up.
- Never let your ice cream suffer freezer burn again. Place a sheet of parchment paper over the remaining ice cream, cover with the tub lid and freeze. Just remove the paper to scoop, and then return it to the tub when you are done.
- Love homemade pancakes and waffles during the week? Make extra on the weekend and then freeze them in freezer bag, taking care to layer in parchment paper to avoid them sticking together.
- Next time you make oatmeal, make extra, and freeze it flat in a freezer bag to allow it to defrost quickly for a healthy hot breakfast, even on a crazy busy day.
- Caramelized onions make everything taste better, but cooking them can take up to an hour. So freeze them flat in freezer bags and dip into your frozen ones when ever a recipe needs a pick me up.
- Making a roast? Before you clean that pan, add water and a few scraps to it, deglaze it and then simmer it down until it is nice and thick to create a stunning concentrated stock. Freeze flat in freezer bags and add to stews, stocks, or even you next roast.
- Sauces and dips are always a delight when homemade. So make extra of your favorite dip or sauce, and freeze it flat in a freezer bag for those last minute diner parties.
In my latest AOL video, I’m sharing more tips on how to save money by stocking your freezer, click here to watch or press play below.
Cool tips right? Well there are plenty more freezer hacks to come! See how my Pin Party co-hosts are loving their freezer by visiting PartyBluPrints, Tonya Staab and Nutmeg Nanny online, and following the tag #AlexiaFreezerLove on social media. And please, join us for a prize packed Pin Party with Alexia Foods. When: February 23rd, 2016 Time: 8pm – 9pm EST Where: Pinterest and Twitter tag #AlexiaFreezerLove on the #AlexiaFreezerLove Board. Follow: @CoryanneEttiene @AlexiaFoods @Dawn_Sandomeo @TonyaStaab @NutmegNanny Prizes: Alexia Foods will be gifting 4 x $100 Visa Gift Cards during the Pinning Party to 4 lucky winners chosen at random from those participants following the rules and regulations. Follow Alexia Foods’s board Freezer Tips, Tricks and Recipes on Pinterest.
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