As you know, if you’ve read the story of how I got involved with THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance), I first started building my home store (my food storage) through couponing. I also stocked up on meats, produce and dairy when they went on sale for a great price and froze them. At one point, I had about a 6-9 month supply of these foods in my freezer. This worked well until my husband lost his job and we had to move: we lost all that food in our freezer. As a result, I started stocking up on Thrive freeze dried foods instead b/c they taste and can be used just like the foods I used to stock in my freezer, but they have a 25 year shelf life! My goal is to have a 12 month supply of meat, cheese, and produce.
However, most of those particular freeze dried foods are much more expensive through Thrive than they are at the grocery store. I use my Thrive supply on busy nights to be sure I rotate through it, but I don’t use it every night. I still find value in storing a 1-2 month supply of meat, produce and cheese in my actual freezer. (and I’m looking into getting a solar generator, especially after our blackout).
I learned a lot about storing foods in the freezer: far more things can be frozen than you might think.
A few examples:
- sour cream (not as a topping, but in sauces / baking)
- cream cheese
- eggs (just crack ’em open first)
Purchasing freeze-able items in large quantities (1-2 months worth) when they go on sale for a very low price is smart financially. That way, you can “shop” from your freezer at a really low price instead of shopping at the store each week and paying whatever the price is that particular week.
I found a great article through pinterest today (let me know if you’d like an invite!) all about freezing food. It is very well written: detailed and helpful. I thought I’d share it for all of you who may be interested in freezing a bit more food! Enjoy!
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Misty @ Your Own Home Store
Of course Andrea! It is an excellent article!
Andrea @ Simple Organized Living
thanks for the link Misty — glad you found my post so helpful!