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My Freezer Staples


I’m a self-proclaimed freeze-a-holic!  I wish I had more freezers, it’s the only thing holding me back from freezing more things!  I have a 25 cubic foot chest freezer along with the dinky freezer attached to my fridge.  They are both usually pretty well filled up!  Here’s what things I currently have in my freezers! 🙂

  • IChicken Breasts (Boneless Skinless)
  • Chicken Breasts (Bone In)
  • Chicken Thighs (Bone In)
  • Chicken Thighs (Boneless – for shredding because it’s easier!)
  • Whole Chickens (2)
  • Ground Beef
  • Beef Roasts
  • Homemade Shredded Chicken (cooked) 1
  • Homemade Taco Mat (cooked) 2
  • Chopped Deli Sliced Ham 3
  • Pepperoni
  • Hot Dogs
  • I prefer buying fresh chicken breasts & freezing myself as opposed to the bags of frozen because they are thicker and taste better.
  • I freeze the meats I purchase in “meal size” bags… in other words, whatever my family will consume in one meal at that time.
  • I stock up on these meats when they are on sale.  Sometimes I might have 5 packages of chicken breasts on hand, sometimes none.
  1. Shredded Chicken – ready to toss in enchiladas, on salads, in soups or white chicken chili or other casseroles.
  2. Taco Meat – ready for tacos, enchiladas, taco salads, casseroles, etc.
  3. Chopped Deli Ham – chop & freeze on cookie sheets, separate, toss in a bag for use in omelets, quiches, casseroles, soups, etc.

  • Peas (frozen 5# bag from Costco)
  • Green Beans (frozen 5# bag from Costco)
  • Stir Fry (from Costco – because it’s yummy!)
  • Chopped Bell Peppers 1
  • Chopped Carrots 2
  • Celery Hearts 3
  • Chopped Green Chilies 4
  • Spinach 5
  • Peeled Garlic Cloves (Costco!)
  1. Peppers – Chop peppers from fresh, freeze on a cookie sheet, separate & store in freezer bags.  Use the peppers (I keep a bag of mixed colors on hand) in omelets, quiches, fresh vinagrette salads, enchiladas, etc.
  2. Carrots – Chop carrots from fresh (or chop & blanche), freeze on a cookie sheet, separate & store in freezer bags.  Use in soups, smoothies, stir frys, etc.
  3. Celery Hearts is that clump of tender celery & leaves in the center of the bunch of celery.  Wash, chop & freeze fresh in a small baggie.  Use in soups!  Yumm!
  4. Green Chilies – How often do you actually use the entire can of chopped green chilies?  Yeah… So freeze the excess in a baggie or ice cube tray for later.
  5. Spinach – Wash & freeze fresh spinach on cookie sheet, break apart, put in baggie & use in soups, smoothies, muffins, breads, omelets, quiches, casseroles, etc.

  • Blueberries (frozen Costco)
  • Strawberries (frozen Costco)
  • Orange Juice 1
  • Bananas 2
  1. Orange Juice – or whole oranges pureed to pulp… frozen in ice cubes for easy smoothies
  2. Bananas – chopped & individually frozen if I’m not going to use them before they go bad for use in smoothies, banana breads, muffins, baby food, etc.

  • Bread loaves (yes these can be frozen, thaw on the counter)
  • Tortillas (flour)
  • Yeast (yes, I keep it in the freezer)

  • Milk (cardboard cartons freeze best)
  • Butter (yes, it freezes well)
  • Cheese (shredded only – I get the 5# bag at Costco)

  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Chicken Soup 1
  • Split Pea Soup 2
  • Minestrone Soup 3
  • Mashed Potates
  • Pancakes
  • French Toast
  • Refried Beans (see my bulk recipe here)
  • Golden Oats 4 (see my recipe here)
  • Cookie Dough 5
  • Meatloaf 6 (see my recipe for a bulk preparation here)
  • Taco Meat
  • Shredded Mexican Chicken
  • Chicken Pot Pie (see my recipe for a bulk preparation here)
  1. Chicken Soup made without noodles – put these in later or they will be overcooked.
  2. Split Pea Soup – Pureed soup works best here… the texture has always been funny when I don’t puree.  Add some of the chopped ham from the meat section & the carrots from the veggi section when reheating.
  3. Minestrone Soup – without the noodles.
  4. Golden Oats – freeze on cookie sheet, separate, store in a ziplock.  To use, place however much you want in a pan, add a touch of oil & water & reheat.  Or microwave.
  5. Cookie Dough – Prepare a large batch of your favorite cookie dough.  Press into a log inside a sheet of saran wrap.  Unwrap & roll in the wrap again (so there is no wrap stuck inside the log of dough).  Next time you want a cookie, chop of a round and bake!  No need to have a dozen cookies lying around anymore!
  6. Meatloaf – Use as a meatloaf (thaw before cooking), or shape the meatloaf into balls for a meatball & spaghetti dinner or teriyaki meatballs.

  • Popsicles (made from leftover smoothie when we don’t eat all of it)
  • Cookie Dough

For my list of Pantry Staples click here.

What do you always keep in your freezer that isn’t on my list?