Our family buys a lot of our whole foods in bulk.

Which, of course, means I have to do something with all that “extra” food so it doesn’t go to waste before we can use it.

I love to can and preserve, but not everything fits in a jar.  🙂

A few years ago, it became quite apparent to my husband that we were quickly outgrowing our small side-by-side fridge and freezer combo.  A

t that time, I wasn’t really the culprit, since I wasn’t buying in bulk back then.  It was all my husband’s fault, since he was over taking the freezer space with all his meat.

Not that I’m complaining, my dear.  Bring on the beef!

Buying in Bulk: Whole Foods in the Freezer | Kristy's Cottage blog

The solution to our little “problem” (which was actually a good kind of “problem”) was to buy an extra freezer.  

We opted for an upright freezer, since neither of us particularly liked the idea of bending over to dig around in a chest freezer.

In recent years, I’ve become a bulk foods fanatic and am so thankful for that extra freezer in our garage.  It is truly a useful tool for storing our bulk foods.

Many “extras” are safe in the pantry, but I prefer the freshness the freezer provides.  

(Weevils don’t do well in frigid temperatures.) 🙂

Here’s what I’ve tucked into our freezer lately:

Buying in Bulk: Whole Foods in the Freezer | Kristy's Cottage blog
12 Gallons Of Raw, Fresh Goat’s Milk
Buying in Bulk: Whole Foods in the Freezer | Kristy's Cottage blog
Loaves of organic, sprouted wheat bread (from Azure Standard food co-op)
Buying in Bulk: Whole Foods in the Freezer | Kristy's Cottage blog
Loaves of gluten-free bread (also from Azure Standard co-op)
Buying in Bulk: Whole Foods in the Freezer | Kristy's Cottage blog
Millet Grain (purchased In A 25-Pound Bag From Azure Standard)
Buying in Bulk: Whole Foods in the Freezer | Kristy's Cottage blog
Tomatoes from our garden (these are so easy to freeze!)

 

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10 thoughts on “Whole Foods in the Freezer!

  1. Is it alright to pre-dice the tomatoes before you freeze them, or do they keep better in the freezer if they are whole?

    Posted on August 14, 2011 at 1:41 am
    1. I’ve never tried dicing them before I popped them in the freezer.  If you don’t mind if they aren’t firm, then I suppose dicing them would be just fine!  Even whole, the tomatoes are pretty mushy once they thaw, which doesn’t matter to me since I just use them in soups, stews, etc.    

      Posted on August 14, 2011 at 8:05 pm
  2. I wish we had another freezer!  I freeze anything that doesn’t get eaten and use it for lunches and other recipes.  Beans are always cooked in big batches and put in the freezer.  When I see celery or carrots or something starting to get a little blah, they go right to the freezer. 

    Posted on August 13, 2011 at 8:49 pm
  3. So happy i got to see your blog via Heavenly HOmemakers!  I never knew you could freeze tomatoes like that. I WILL be back 🙂

    Posted on August 9, 2011 at 10:55 pm
  4. Never thought to put Whole tomatoes in the freezer like that.  Wow.  Of course my tomatoes aren’t making so it doesn’t matter RIGHT now.  🙂 

    I just recently bought a DEEP freezer.  It is deep too.  LOL. and I have to bend over to get what I want out.  Oh well, it was a great deal since it was used and only $50.00. 

    Right now it contains goat cheese from last year, and some goat meat that we butchered ourselves.  There is probably only one gallon of goat milk now but I am working on filling it back up.  I am cutting the bottle babies tomorrow so there will be a little more to go in there.   

    It is a relief to have the freezer because I was filling my side-by-side up too fast and not having enough room for my prepared meals like enchiladas such.

    Posted on August 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm
    1. I’m thankful for your freezer too… and all the fresh milk you’re able to save in it!  We’re enjoying our fresh goat’s milk so much!!  

      Posted on August 9, 2011 at 9:11 pm
  5. oh, I want an extra freezer so much!  have yet to convince my husband that we will save money by buying in bulk though – because he is thinking of the ongoing expense of electricity for the freezer and dehydrator. 

    Posted on August 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm
  6. While living with family for a few months, my own well-stocked freezer was just about what I missed most. It’s been a huge pleasure to refill my inventory now that we’ve moved and I’m so thankful for the meats and grains that are filling it up.

    Posted on August 9, 2011 at 6:28 pm
  7. What are the frozen tomatoes good for – sauce and casseroles?

    Posted on August 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm
    1. Stews, soups, sauces… anything cooked that requires tomatoes or tomato sauce. 

      Posted on August 9, 2011 at 9:11 pm