I had a profitable day of freezer prep this week after grocery shopping. This is an area I’ve realized that I have had to put effort into in order to eat whole foods on a frugal budget! I made a couple good finds grocery shopping last week, and decided to take advantage of them for future meals.
I will admit that I haven’t had a good track record in this area. Here’s what tends to happen: I buy, grow, or am given a lot of something and I think, perfect! I’ll freeze this. So I put it in the fridge and… forget.about.it. So then it starts to go bad, or I wonder if it has started to go bad, so it gets thrown away. Isn’t that horrible?! Not this time, baby.
Well last week was a busy one for me with a list a mile long of things that all needed to get done yesterday, but I decided that this food was NOT going to go to waste. So I freezer prepped it up! This is a great way to be nice to your wallet (find things on sale in season) and to your schedule (take a little time to do all the prep now, and it’s ready to pull out of the freezer and use later when you want it, need it, gotta have it.)
Peppers, oh beautiful mini sweet peppers, how I love you. Seriously, Elsie and I eat these things like, uh… sweet peppers? Great for snacks and fantastic cooked in almost anything. Regularly, it seems that a bag of these little guys run about $3.50, but I found them for $.69/each at Woodman’s, our amazing local grocery. So I picked up 4 bags. (Only 4? What was I thinking…) I’m keeping one in the fridge to use fresh, and sliced the rest to freeze.
These peppers are packed with vitamins, and add fantastic flavor to whatever they’re added to.
I also found strawberries at a good price (and they actually looked ripe). I snatched up a couple pounds. Of course we’ve enjoyed some fresh, but I decided to slice and freeze the rest. (They sure aren’t June-fresh-from-the-garden good, but they brightened the dreary, rainy-snowy days we had last week.) I can easily pull out a bag of them and top pancakes or waffles for a yummy breakfast, or serve with icecream or cheesecake for a perfect dessert.