This is part 2 of my freezer meal tutorial! You can read part 1 here!
After I have done my meal planning and created my shopping list I “shop” my pantry and mark off the items I already have.
Here is what I had in my pantry and freezer already. It’s not a lot but it’s a start!
I got the ground beef for $1.50 each because they were 2 day’s out from their sell by/freeze by date. I always check the clearance meat because you can usually get great deals…just make sure you freeze it right away!
Then I go shopping – it sounds pretty straight forward but for me I like to break it up into a couple of trips. We budget $150 every two weeks for groceries so if I were to go out and buy all of the ingredients in one trip it would wipe out a big portion of our budget. I generally spend around $100 on all the ingredients for my meals so if I spread that out over a couple of weeks then it doesn’t feel like such a hit to our budget.
So here is what my list looks like after “shopping” my pantry
|14||pounds||Ground beef||3 pounds|
|2||large||Costco sized bag of chicken|
|3||15 ounce cans||Petite diced tomatoes|
|9||15 ounce cans||Stewed tomatoes|
|1||28 ounce||Diced tomatoes|
|3||6 ounce cans||Tomato paste|
|1||16 ounce||Low fat cottage cheese|
|12||ounce||Monterey jack cheese|
|1||tub||Fat Free Sour Cream|
|1||Green pepper||1 Green Pepper|
|1||24 ounce jar||LaVictoria Salsa|
|2||15 ounce cans||Black beans||1 can|
|4||16 ounce cans||Cannellini Beans|
|2||cans||Cream of Chicken Soup||2 cans|
|2||packages||Taco seasoning||2 packages|
|5||15 ounce||Thick and chunky cans of chili|
|1||16 ounce bag||Split Peas||1 16 ounce bag|
|10||cups||Fat free chicken broth||6 cups|
|1||box||Quart – Ziploc Bags|
|3||9 x13||Foil pans|
A couple of additional items I added to my shopping list are:
- Quart sized Freezer Ziploc bags – I freeze almost everything in Ziploc bags (taco meat, pulled pork, soups). If you lay them flat in the freezer they take up less space and work really well.
- Foil pans for casseroles – I get mine at Dollar Tree – they have a great selection and are only $1!!
Start watching your weekly adds for what is on sale – and happy shopping!