Grocery Geek Presents: Shopping to Fill the Freezer

This week, I inventoried my freezer and came up with a cooking plan to fill my freezer. Then the kids and I ventured forth to Costco one day, and I took my two middle guys to the regular grocery store on a different day.

What’s pictured is what’s being transformed into lasagna, enchiladas, and burritos. I had other things in my cart, like milk, lettuce, bananas, cheese, bread, turkey deli meat, bagels, chocolate chips, flour, etc.

So far I’ve spent about $200 of our grocery budget for the month.

When all is said and done, I think I can take the next month off cooking — except for a date night in which I make my husband make tamales with me.

With the surplus in our food budget, I’ll stockpile sales, buy milk and fresh produce, and hopefully come in under budget by the end of the year.

Did you geek out at the grocery store this week?

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  1. I’m geeking out at the grocery store on Monday – when I go to do shopping for through the END of January!! Obviously, except for fresh stuff, which my husband will pick up on his way in from work.

    Yay!

  2. boy look at all that wonderful food ready for the freezer. I love knowing there is something in the freezer waiting when I don’t want to cook. Look forward to your recipes.

  3. You’ve inspired me to try freezer cooking next month. We’ve got tons of church parties, etc this month, but I’m going to start planning now and try oamc at the first of January.

  4. What do you freeze your meals in? I can never seem to find the right size foil pans for enchiladas and lasagna? I’d like to make them more and freeze them but never know what to store them in. Any tips?

    • @Denise@ DensDailyLife,

      I line a regular glass baking dish with foil. Then I build the casserole (lasagna, enchiladas) freezer for a few hours, and pop out of the pan. We’re only 4 people so I can fit it in a gallon size freezer bag. I would think you could just wrap something that came out of a bigger pan in foil and plastic wrap. Not forgetting to lable, of course. I would never do that. :)

      • @Beth, that’s what I do too – I also write which dish it goes back into (for my kids/hubby if I’m not home). For rectangular casseroles, I have purchased the 2 gal ziplocs before. But heavy duty foil does just fine too.

    • @Denise@ DensDailyLife, I have a “Smart & Final” near me and they sell foil containers with the lids. They have the 1/2 pan size that works for me.

  5. December is always brutal on me with so many social events, school events and then kid sports. I spent Thanksgiving week feeding my freezer – have yet to go to the store except for milk. Aside from produce and more milk, I think we are done for the year! I was jumping for joy yesterday to see that my $100 budget for the week was $.88 for the milk and $22 on stockpile items. WOOHOO – thanks for all the wisdom and inspiration!!

  6. TAMALES?? We love tamales but I’ve steered clear of making them because it is so time consuming. Have you come up with a quick and easy way? Please, please, please post your recipe for tamales AND would LOVE to see a how-to-vlog. Thanks so much!!

  7. AllieZirkle says:

    I’m glad to see premade tortillas and canned beans :)

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      @AllieZirkle, oh, my yes. I think I’ve made flour tortillas once. And while good, so not worth it. Corn tortillas, on the other hand, are another story.

      • AllieZirkle says:

        @Jessica Fisher, Ok *whew* I made corn tortillas last night. So not worth it except we are down to nubs in the pantry, and I needed somehing to go with taco soup. My tamales are steaming. Your dough recipe came out great with the Quaker Masa. I can’t wait to eat one. Or five! :) nom nom nom

        • Jessica Fisher says:

          @AllieZirkle, you don’t think homemade corn tortillas are better than store? Interesting…. hubs insists on making them for tacos. Enchiladas get store corn tortillas, though. :)

          Glad the tamales worked out!

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