This post comes from Mom With A Prep, a blog I read regularly. She offers some great ideas on preparedness and food storage. In this post, she highlights the benefits of using your freezer in building your food storage.
Personally, I use a chest freezer, and I save a lot of money doing many of the things she suggests. I buy meat whenever it’s on sale (and I have the space for it), and store it in my freezer. (I’ve toyed with the idea of canning some of the meat, but I haven’t done that yet.) I’ve owned my chest freezer for close to 14 years, and it has saved me so much money! So much more than I spent on the freezer and what I spend to keep it cold (about $20/yr).
And by saving money on the food we regularly eat, I have a little extra leftover to build my long term food storage! It’s all baby steps. I save a little one way, then I use that money to buy something else we need.
Here are some highlights from her post:
So how can you use your freezer in your food storage plans?
- Stocking up on meat when prices are rock bottom.
- Preparing meals ahead of time that can store and be ready at a moment’s notice, not only for your family, but as a help for another family in need (new baby, sickness, taking on extra family, etc.)
- Storing garden bounty when you just can’t can quickly enough and your dehydrator is already running at maximum.
- Storing doughs, fruits, cheeses and other meal components in bulk. Even milk and eggs!
Click on the link below to read her entire post!