Freezers After 40
by Nikki Willhite
Have you ever read an article about saving money on food by using a freezer and
article was just for frugal people with lots of children at home? It is my
quite the opposite is true. Freezers save a bunch of money, and are very
convenient, especially for empty nesters and
those who live alone.
Even when I had all my children at home, I hesitated putting too many items that
needed to be frozen in the
freezer. We lose power where we live, and having to throw away food after an
extended energy outage
However, here is way to safely save money with a freezer. You can make
good use of a freezer for things
that do not necessarily have to be frozen. Let me give you some examples.
I like to shop at Costco. The savings and the quality of their food there is
unsurpassed in our area.
However, Costco sells things in quantity. What will happen if I bring home a
couple of large bag
of cookies and put them in my cupboard? Either I am going to gain a significant
amount of weight,
or they are going to get stale.
However, I can put them in my freezer and they will last for months. If the
power goes out, it is no
big deal. They will be fine outside the freezer, and when the power returns, the
cookies will also
return to the freezer. I will always have my cookies at hand, and they will
always be fresh. In
the case of the cookies, I can take them out and they will be ready to eat in
just a few minutes.
Cookies are one food product I don't usually buy at the store, as my husband
loves to make them. However,
the same thing is true with the cookies he bakes. After eating one of them, they
go into the freezer.
We have found this to be true with many other foods. We keep all our crackers,
bread and pastry in the freezer. When
we make bread, we cut a piece or two, and then put the rest in the freezer,
where it comes out as fresh
as it went into the freezer when we want to eat it. Of course, it does
take longer to defrost as we don't slice it before we freeze it.
We keep some things in the freezer you wouldn't think could be frozen, like
nutritional supplements. Sometimes we have to read the labels or "Google"
whether we can freeze
them, but so far we've found that most things can be frozen.
We freeze yeast, and it stays active. We freeze large cans of nuts and seeds and
it keeps the oil from going
rancid. We freeze my favorite fiber bars, and candy...for the grandchildren :-)
can be frozen goes in the freezer.
Obviously I freeze some things that need to be kept frozen, like meats and ice
cream. However, the best use I
have found for my freezer at my age is just keeping things fresh and the
opportunity to save money buying
larger quantities of items at lower prices.
I have become so used to fresh foods, that I do not even like to keep anything
out overnight. I notice
the difference in the freshness.
So my husband and I can buy items on sale or in bulk, freeze them, and they are
to us. It is both a convenient and a frugal way for a couple of people trying to save money on
Don't overlook the money-saving potential of your freezer at any age. Freezers
are for the frugal!
About the Author: Nikki Willhite,
mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing
articles on the topic of
frugal living for over a
decade. Visit her at
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