I have never done a marathon cooking session and then frozen multiple meals, but I still get my freezer working for me. You do not have to own a large freezer to take advantage of these ideas. Having a few of these items in your freezer can save you lots of time, without taking up much space. Here are five ways to use your freezer to save time and money.
1. Freeze cooked/prepped meats – I buy large packs of hamburger, but often only use about half or less of the pack when I brown it out. By storing the rest of the browned meat in the freezer I have meat ready for Nachos, spaghetti sauce, tacos, or Enchiladas all ready to go, saving me time later. Some recipes call for browning an onion with the meat. This can still be frozen, I just mark it that onion is included.
I like to go out to eat sometimes. I like having dinner out with my husband or taking the whole family for a special treat. But there are times that I really don’t like eating out. When I haven’t made a plan for dinner or things get crazy and we find ourselves grabbing a fast food meal, I get irked with myself.
This is my first official post on the new site. I’m very excited to have made the move and hope that all of you find it easier to use and read too. Let me know what you think. Don’t be surprised if there are a few changes in the coming weeks and possibly a few hitches (hopefully, not too many of those).
Onto the Honey Roasted Peanut Butter. A friend shared this with me a few years ago and it is so easy and good. If you eat it soon after it has been made, the peanut butter will be a little warm, spreadable and dippable. (Is that a word?)
Since it’s January and people are interested in organizing their homes, I thought I’d share one of my favorite ideas. We moved into a new house last spring and I had to come up with a new system for my spices and seasonings. Those little bottles can be a challenge to organize. After trying a few things that didn’t work, I popped an over-the-door shoe rack with clear pockets on the pantry door and found success. I organize the spices by type of food they are usually used in. Baking spices together, Mexican together, Italian…
I love over-the-door shoe racks. I’ve got one on the inside of the coat closet full of school and office supplies. I thought about putting one on the garage door with tools that get used often, glue, tape etc., but I’m not sure about giving my kids that much access to adhesives like super glue and duct tape.
Yes, there are two half bottles of oregano in that pocket. First time I noticed that.
Happy New Year and happy organizing, no matter which room you’re tackling. (Or maybe the New Year doesn’t make you want to organize something – I’m not trying to guilt you into anything!)