Saturday, March 6, 2010
March-Frozen Food Month
Welcome to March! I can't believe how fast this year is going already. It's a new month and time for a new food storage goal. Did you know that March is National Frozen Food Month? So guess what we are going to stock up on this month? Look over your 3 month menu plan (click HERE to learn more) and see what foods you use that could be frozen. At Fresh Market this week (until 3/8) they have a 40lb box of chicken for $59.60, and before you pass out, share with a neighbor or family friend. If several people pay for it your cost will go down and you'll have some cheap chicken in your freezer. It equals $1.49lb and that is a great price right now for chicken.
In today's (3/7) paper there is a coupon insert that has a freezer deal page. Look over it and see if any of the coupons are for the food that your family eats.
If you looked in my freezer right now, which needs organized, you would find lot's of chicken, butter, yeast, vegetables, pureed beans (oil substitute for brownies), cheese, rolls, bread, tomato paste (I don't use the whole can at once), diced green chilies, pizza dough, a few freezer meals, sandwich meat, yogurt (to use as a starter for making yogurt), and many other foods. There are many items that you can store but remember to have an alternate storing method in case the electricity goes out. I also bottle my chicken and it stays shelf stable for years and having a can or two of dehydrated fruits and vegetables will be great if there was no power.
One way to keep the price down on frozen foods is to purchase produce when they are on sale and freeze them yourself. Chopped onions are a time saver and fruit for smoothies are so much cheaper than buying them fresh when you need them. I bought a Food Saver last year and have loved being able to preserve my food and know it won't get freezer burn.
Check Amazon.com and ebay.com for great deals on Food Savers.
STORAGE GOALS: MEATS AND FROZEN FOODS. We are in luck this month because there is a lot of meat on sale and also some frozen veggies on sale. Look at your 3 month menu plan and purchase the amount of meat that you will use. Keep in mind freezer space and your budget. Meat will stay good in the freezer for up to 1 year if it is frozen properly. Using a Food Saver machine will help in keeping your meat fresh while in the freezer. It sucks all the air out to lessen the chance of freezer burn. Fresh Market has chicken on sale (until 3/9- 40lb box $56.90 and also Reams until 3/8-10lb box $12.90. Frozen veggies are on sale at both Smiths and Fresh Market this week.
NON-FOOD GOAL: TOILET PAPER AND PAPER TOWEL. These are 2 items that I personally do not want to be out of. If you don't know how much your family uses try this. For 1 week put all toilet paper tubes in a container and add it up, multiply by 4 to get a rough monthly estimate and then you'll know about how much your family uses. Fresh Market has TP on sale for $4.78 this week as part of their case lot sale. I also want to include napkins in this months goal. I buy our napkins at Big Lots for $1.00 a package.
ENJOY THE JOURNEY!
ENJOY THE BLESSINGS!
FEEL THE PEACE!!