Frozen Rice

I cruise through the frozen food aisles at my favorite warehouse clubs (like Sam’s and Costco) to see what’s new. I figure if they can freeze it, so can I.

On a recent trip I saw a long line of people waiting for samples. I sneaked over to see what it was, only to discover rice! Frozen pre-cooked plain white rice. People seemed to think that was the greatest invention ever and they were all tossing it in their carts.

I went home, pulled out the rice cooker, made my own and froze it in individual portions. Rebecca



Frozen Bacon Stockpile

I have discovered what I think is the most effective way to fry up a lot of bacon for freezing.

In a jelly roll pan covered with foil, I lay out the bacon strips in a single layer. I place the pan in a preheated 450F oven and cook, checking after 10 or 15 minutes. Sometimes I’ll turn the strips over.

Once cooked, I drain on paper towels until cooled. I separate enough for a morning breakfast, dividing the batch into freezer bags and then tossing in the freezer. Dick



Pickled Cucumbers

Sometimes I get bored with eating plain cucumber slices, but I don’t want to add salad dressing because it ups the calories.

Instead, I put the slices in a pickle jar, along with the pickles already in there. This gives them a dill, garlicky or other pickled taste. I leave them in the jar and fish them out when I want some. Super yummy! Nellie

Neat Pancake Prep

To save washing that messy bowl of pancake batter I put the pancake mix in a quart-size zip-type bag, and add the water and other ingredients according to the recipe.

I zip it closed and shake and squeeze the bag until the batter is mixed well. I cut one corner of the bag and squeeze the batter onto a hot, nonstick skillet. I throw the bag away when I am done, and there’s no mess to clean up! Josie


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Plumper Burgers

A family friend taught me to make hamburgers by adding crushed crackers to the beef before making it into patties. This makes the meat go farther and also keeps the patties from shrinking while they cook. I think it makes the burgers juicier, too. Another easy way to stretch the food budget. Ron

Fresh Frozen Berries

When I have more berries than we can eat before they go bad, I hull, wash and spread them out on a sheet pan. When they’re completely dry I freeze them on the pan.

Once frozen, I put them in a zip-type freezer bag and store them in the freezer. Instead of one big frozen clump, they remain separate, so I can easily reach into the bag to get what I need for making smoothies or ice cream topping.

Baked Potatoes in a Crockpot

I LOVE baking potatoes or sweet potatoes in a Crockpot. Just put them in whole, washed, no water, no foil…and turn it on high. It takes about 2 hours.

I can put them in before I leave for church or town and they’ll be done when I get back. No need to heat up the whole oven.

They’re not crunchy like buttery baked potatoes, but they’re great and so, so easy.

Cooked ground beef

I buy a couple of pounds of ground beef when it’s on sale. I dump it all in a pot with a little bit of water and cook it all down. I drain it and put it in freezer bags with the date.  Two cups equals about a pound. I flatten the bags and stack them flat in the freezer. When they are frozen, they can be stood up to take up less space in the freezer.