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Stockpiling Produce Co-op – Utilizing Your Freezer and Food Saver

Stockpiling Produce Co-op – Utilizing Your Freezer and Food Saver. I picked up my produce co-op last week.  We spent part of the weekend utilizing our food saver to extend the life of our produce!

Stockpiling Produce Co-op - Utilizing Your Freezer and Food Saver

We were able to bag and freeze 5 bags of red peppers, 3 bags of mushrooms, 3 bags of broccoli, 6 bags of green beans, 1 bag of chopped onion and 2 bags of corn all using the food saver.  By stockpiling produces through the co-op and utilizing your freezer and food saver this is a great way to save money! Often times we don’t think of freezing vegetables because it can alter the texture. However, by freezing produce you can easily use it in casseroles, the slow cooker or soups and stews.

If you are new to using the food saver to extend the life of your stockpile, I suggest checking out our Stockpiling 101 – Foodsaver and Stockpiling.  You may also want to check out my post on Tips for Successful Produce Co-op, including how to find one!  I have really enjoying being a member of the produce co-op.  It has been a way for my family to try new produce that we might not normally purchase, and it has also enabled us to save money.  By using the food saver, we took our savings to another level because we have a freezer full of produce that might have otherwise gone to waste.

You may be interested in our other posts on how to freeze:

How To Freeze Yogurt

How To Freeze Philadelphia Cooking Creme

How To Freeze Zucchini

How To Make DIY Uncrustables

How To Freeze Butter

How To Freeze Cottage Cheese

How To Freeze Sour Cream

How To Freeze Cream Cheese

How To Freeze Cracker Crumbs

How To Freeze Cheese

How To Freeze Milk and Eggs

How To Freeze Hummus

How To Freeze Banana

How To Freeze Garlic Cloves

If you are new (or even experienced) to freezer cooking:

How to Freezer Cook Series – Part 1 – Sample Menu and Getting Started

How to Freezer Cook Series – Part 2 – Why Does Freezer Cooking Work

How to Freezer Cook Series – Part 3 – Planning Your Meals

How to Freezer Cook Series – Part 4 – Tips and Tricks for Freezer Efficiency

How to Freezer Cook Series – Part 5 – What Can You Freeze?

How to Freezer Cook Series – Part 6 – Freezer Storage

How to Freezer Cook Series – Part 7 – Tips for Thawing Your Meals

How to Freezer Cook Series – Part 8 – Make Your Own Freezer Pancakes

How to make your own baby food – Part 1

How to make your own baby food – Part 2

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7 Comments

  1. I know what you mean! We had a problem with produce going bad fast when we lived in Alaska. Everything has to be shipped up there in the winter. So to save some money, (a gallon of milk can easily cost $10 depending where you live.) , we froze most everything from soups to grapes when it was warm enough to be bought in season. Grapes are wonderful for the kiddos. We would let ours eat “frozen fruit salad.” Which was grapes, strawberries, and blueberries. She thought they were little popsicles! Or we would put them in her drink to keep it cold, flavor her water, and give her a nice treat when she was finished. Thanks for the post!

      1. New to vacuum sealing here, just read owners manual for our new food saver and it specifically warned about vacuum sealing certain items at risk for anaerobic bacteria (soft cheese, fresh mushrooms, onions & garlic). Perhaps this is a warning against long term storage or does not apply. Just a heads up for food safety!

  2. The mushrooms got my attention, too. Have you tried freezing peeled apples? I’ve got to get one, and a freezer!

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