The goal here is to eat well without spending a fortune on your groceries or a ton of time in the kitchen. There are multiple ways you can use your freezer to your advantage to help you in both ways.
We opt for takeout because we feel we don’t have enough time to cook a proper meal. Perhaps work ran later than expected, the afternoon was jam-packed with family activities, or you simply forgot to leave something out to thaw.
This is where the freezer comes in. And there are a few strategies to implement when making your freezer a solid backup plan.
Keep an “emergency meal” in your freezer at all times. These are for those nights you don’t have time to cook dinner and will save you from the drive-thru window. Have a meal you can warm up in the oven or microwave, pair it with a side salad or frozen veggie, and you’ve got dinner on the table quickly and with minimal effort.
Keeping a stash of frozen veggies, seafood, poultry, and fruits will help you on those days you need some ingredients to supplement your recipe and save you a trip to the grocery store. When you catch these items on sale, stock your freezer and enjoy the savings. You can use resources such as MyGroceryDeals.com to find deals you won’t want to miss.
Lastly, when cooking large stews and soups, go ahead and portion out a few bowls into a freezer bag and store it for later. Having these already cooked meals to warm-up will be a load of help. Pad your freezer stash when you have leftovers and think you may not eat them within the next few days. Your future self will thank you!
Take stock of your freezer and make a plan of what you want to stock.
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