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5 Ways to Use Your Freezer Smarter

written by

Kassi Glassman

posted on

May 25, 2022

Your freezer can do more than house frozen meat, vegetables and cartons of ice cream. From cutting waste to saving time and money, here's 5 unexpected ways to use your freezer smarter. Check my freezer and you'll likely find any of these stashed away!

Cooked Meat

Ground beef, sausage or shredded chicken are perfect examples of meats that freeze well after cooking. Batch cook large quantities and separate into food storage bags and freeze. This time saver helps meals come together faster when time is precious and the family is hungry.

Kassi's Tip: Quart sized freezer bags perfectly fit 1 lb meat.

Tomato Paste

Why does a recipe never call for an entire can of tomato paste, only 1 or 2 tablespoons?! Dollop out the remaining can onto parchment paper and freeze. Then transfer the frozen tomato paste into a storage bag. To thaw, saute in the pan you're cooking with or pop in the microwave.

Kassi's Tip: Measure out 1 T portions to freeze since most recipes call for tablespoon quantities of tomato paste.



Milk

It's an old trick I learned as a kid from farm wives living far from the grocery store - freeze unopened milk before the expiration date to use in the future. Keep in mind, fat content and milk type (raw v pasteurized) may affect quality after thawing. In my experience freezing the pasteurized cream-line milk from Edgewood, a little extra shaking is needed to redistribute the fat molecules.

Kassi's Tip: Best results come from thawing in the fridge which can take 3+ days depending on the jug size.

Homemade Beef or Chicken Stock

I stockpile cooked bones and veggie scraps in a gallon-sized bag in my freezer. When the bag is full I make bone broth or stock using a pressure cooker. After straining into storage containers, extra stock is frozen for future use. I love this hack for cutting waste and making stock with no preservatives and a salt content I control.

Kassi's Tip: Always use cooked bones to make stock. Reuse cottage cheese or yogurt containers to store stock.

Dried Bread

Dry the bread heels or stale bred out on the counter for a day then stash it in a gallon bag in the freezer. When I need breadcrumbs for a recipe, I'll pulse the frozen, dried bread in the food processor and store extra in a storage container.

Kassi's Tip: Dry on the counter first before freezing.

I hope one of these tips helps you save time, money or waste in your home, too! -Kassi

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With two little ones we are always looking for what makes cooking easiest. Filling our freezers with bulk packages is such an easy way to make sure we have a variety of choices for dinner! We love that the ground beef doesn’t have nearly the amount of grease from a store bought pound.

Customer Spotlight :: Kevin & Deb M. from Willard, MO

Meet Kevin & Deb M. 👋 Where do you live? Willard, MO How many people are in your household?2 adults How often do you eat dinner made at home?5-6x per week What's your biggest struggle to cooking meals at home?Variety in cooking Before Blue Silo, where would you buy meat from?Grocery store What made you first try meat from Blue Silo?Saw them at the Farmer’s Market in Willard and decided to try their product [kassi's note: that was back in 2018!] How do you usually buy from Blue Silo? Order online & get home delivery Why do you shop that way?Easier to shop What's your favorite Blue Silo product?Pork steak and ground beef How has buying meat from Blue Silo changed the way you shop, plan, cook or eat?I can plan ahead and just add veggies to complete a meal. I don’t have to go multiple places for good meat. What difference have you noticed between Blue Silo meat & store bought meat?Definitely better quality- less gristle and fat, for example. As well as knowing mymeat is not from Australia or China so it is much fresher. What else do you want to share?I love knowing where my meat comes from, as well as supporting local. That is why I have shopping with Blue Silo for several years.