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Frugal tips, freezer meals: Stretch that roast



Being frugal is just a part of life for our family and I know it is for many others. Sometimes I have to keep myself in check about the whole idea of  hanging onto stuff to reuse – especially cute glass jars with lids that just scream “keep me and fix me up and I’ll be cute and you’ll put cool stuff in me”!  However, I have found a good excuse to keep my ice cream buckets.


When you find a good deal on a roast make it go farther by dividing it into (#1) two halves to freeze for a future crock pot meal. But don’t just throw it in a bag and into the freezer, marinade it. That’s what I did. I had bought bottles of various sauces and you will see what I used (#2). In at least one of those marinades I threw in some pineapple I had as well.


I put each roast and marinade into separate Ziplock bags and then put all four roasts into an empty plastic ice cream bucket (#3). I love that those ice cream buckets are so reusable! They are very handy. I’ve used them to carry Legos in for my son and to store freshly made chocolate chip pancakes in the fridge.


(#4) I placed a piece of wax paper between bags of meat to keep them from freezing together. I got all 4 bags of meat into the ice cream bucket (#5) and put the whole thing into the freezer.

And now you have a new excuse to go buy big buckets of ice cream!


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Tracy Zdelar

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  1. WOW! Love these tips! Thanks for linking up to The Mommy Club this week. ‘m featuring you at 5pm on my Facebook page! Have a great week!


    • Thanks, Crystal!

  2. I like being frugal too. However I had to laugh at your suggestion to divide a roast up for later use. Please don’t be offended. It is an EXCELLENT idea! I have to laugh or I would cry. See in our household, which just decreased from 10, to 9 to 7 this month, we still have to pull out the second crock pot and fill it in order to just have enough food for one meal (and hopefully enough leftovers for work lunches).

    I look forward to exploring your blog more to see what I can glean as a homeschooling mom. Thanks for sharing your life with us.

    Kingdom Life & Blessings

    • No offense! :) There’s just 4 of us (we have 2 kids) but I am the oldest of 9 (11 in the family counting my parents)! I don’t think half a roast would do back then either.


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