Buying and cooking with frozen food can be a great way of saving money. For starters, frozen food is cheaper to buy. I regularly buy frozen chicken breasts from the supermarket at a fraction of the cost and serve them with loads of frozen broccoli as a healthy lunch. Also, frozen food lasts substantially longer in the freezer than fresh food kept in the fridge which means less waste – you would have thought…
However, in a recent survey conducted by Cool Cookery they found that, even though 50% of the people questioned had an average of £75 worth of frozen products in their freezer, the same people were still purchasing fresh food.
Worst still, a lot of chilled products that had been frozen were being thrown out and wasted because people cannot remember how long the items have been frozen for!
Well all I can say is you need to get organised and remember, the freezer is your friend not your enemy.
There are a couple of really simple things you can do to prevent this from happening. First of all, anything you put in your freezer, whether it’s frozen first or not, write on the packaging in big black writing the date you put it in there and, if your freezing fresh food, write what it is.
Then go one step further – grab a piece of paper or do it on your computer and meal plan. Work out what food you’ve got (in the freezer) and write down meals which include these items.
It really is simple. You just need to be on top of it and implement a few processes. It’s not difficult and by doing this you will strike up a long term friendship with you freezer that will last a lifetime. You’ll also save some cash in the process.
The infographic from Cool Cookery is below. It really does make interesting reading.
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Ricky Willis is the original Skint Dad. A money-making enthusiast, father, and husband to Naomi. He is always looking for unique ways to earn a little extra.