Foodhacks tips

Yogurt on the go

Frozen yogurt is a great alternative to ice packs.  In school lunches, throw in a frozen Go-Gurt tube instead of an ice pack and by the time lunch rolls around, the yogurt will be thawed and the sandwich and carrots will still be cool.  Every year my kids go to the zoo for the end-of-year field trip and these frozen yogurt tubes work perfectly!

Leftover wine.

How is this even a thing?!  However, if you find yourself with a little leftover wine after your last glass, why not throw the extra in ice cube trays? Use it for cooking later on.  I call that a win-win my friend.

Grapes

Grapes in all forms – including wine! – can be frozen.  I am more of a red wine girl myself, but when hosting get-togethers, I like to have some frozen grapes on hand for my white wine loving girlfriends.  Aren’t those floating grapes pretty?! And a nice little snack at the end of each glass. 😉  Never drink on an empty stomach ladies.

Freeze milk

One thing I always have in my freezer?  Milk.  Quite frequently Dillons will put their half gallons on sale for $1 each – or their full gallons for about $2. Instead of paying $3 or $4 per gallon elsewhere, stock up when on sale and freeze it!

Brown ground beef in bulk

This has got to be my favorite of the frozen food hacks.  When you find a great deal on ground beef (or any ground meat really), buy multiple pounds.  When you’ve got enough (I try to wait until we’ve got about ten pounds) brown it all at once.  Even if you’re throwing ground turkey or ground sausage in with hamburger, we have found it will all take on the flavor of the ground beef.  Portion the browned ground meat into one pound bags and freeze them.  When spaghetti night comes around (or Taco Tuesday!) simply pull out a bag of pre-browned ground meat and heat it up. Talk about a time saver, and just think of how many times you’re NOT cleaning that skillet!  This is also a great way to throw in other kinds of inexpensive meat without your family knowing.  You can’t taste a pound or two of Manager’s Special ground turkey when it’s mixed in. Promise. I won’t tell if you won’t tell. 😉 See more tips for getting more meals from your meat.

Protect your ice cream

Ice cream matters, and it needs to be protected. Have you ever grabbed a spoon and the second half of your favorite ice cream only to find it covered with freezer burn? The easiest solution (without throwing it out) is to cover the ice cream with cling wrap before sticking it back in the freezer. Simply press the cling wrap down so that the ice cream will not come into direct contact with air. Boom!

Don’t waste the marinade

What meat lover doesn’t enjoy a good marinated chicken breast, steak or pork loin?  Taking the hours and hours to marinate that meat sure can crimp your grilling style, not to mention you end up throwing away the excess marinade.Instead, next time use the left over marinade and freeze additional meat for future meals!  So when you want your favorite marinated chicken all you have to do is pull it out of the freezer. Just be sure to label it with the date. 😉

Freeze Potato Chips

We try not to eat too many potato chips but sometimes I find myself with half a bag after a late-night crunch fest. So I throw it in the freezer to a.) hide it from the kids and b.) keep the chips from going stale.

Freeze cheese

Yes, you sure can freeze cheese! We have noticed that hard cheeses freeze best and cheeses like Parmesan are so much tastier when grated fresh off the block. Next time you pass by the cheese island, pick up a block and take it home. Tip: Grate as much as you like now and then freeze, the cheese will thaw much quicker after grated – not to mention grating frozen cheese is a workout that I didn’t sign up for.

Hull Strawberries with a Plastic Straw

Then use those berries in this strawberry-graham galette!

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