Is it just me or are all the prices at the grocery store slowly creeping up? It’s slow enough that it makes us question if they are truly going up at all! A few cents here and there over a few months time and before you know it we are paying $3 for a carton of eggs!
We don’t have control over the price increases but we can control how we use the foods we purchase.
If we aren’t mindful of using up what we have on hand, we find ourselves mindless throwing away old food. That’s throwing money into the garbage can!
I imagine we are all guilty of this.
I have been incorporating freezer cooking into my breakfast meal plans for years now and it certainly saves us money in the long run.
My children eat a big breakfast. Not sure why, but they seem to be extra hungry as soon as they wake up.
Normal phrases to be heard are ” what else can I have, I’m still hungry” and “more please”. They just can seem to get enough at the breakfast table. I’ve even hear these phrases an hour after breakfast. I’m afraid to see how much they’ll eat as teenagers!
Making simple eggs for breakfast doesn’t seem to cut it our family nor does it make our grocery budget last either. Between the boys and their daddy, they could eat a dozen eggs and then still want more to eat!
Can you relate? Trying to live frugally I have found that one of the best ways to cut down on breakfast costs is to keep my freezer stocked with homemade breakfast items.
Keeping a stocked freezer is crucial.
When I take the time to make triple (sometimes even a quadruple!) batches of breakfast items it saves us money and fills up the kids much faster. Everyone is happy with that outcome!
One of our favorite freezer breakfast items to whip up is pancakes. Everyone loves pancakes and they are super simple to make.
In just under an hour I can make a quadruple batch of regular pancakes and vegan pancakes (our Little Lady has food allergies). I also make enough for dinner that night.
It really doesn’t take that much time. So it isn’t hard to stock your freezer with healthy, homemade items that will save you so much money.
Freezer Cooking: Breakfast Ideas
These are more time consuming but so worth it! I highly recommend a waffle maker. Homemade waffles are way better than store bought.
All you need is English muffins, eggs and your favorite meat choice. To enhance them you could add the cheese of your choice. But if you’re cutting cost, its cheaper with no cheese.
There are so many ingredient combinations that you can come up with! Eggs with bacon, eggs with sausage, cheese or no cheese, veggies or not. You could even throw in some hash browns to add a little more variety!
These are my personal favorite!
I love to have the fruit already cut into the desired amounts, along with proportioned yogurt to just throw right into the Ninja.
This is something that we have recently started doing due to our special needs eater. Who knew that muffins can be easily frozen and reheated?!
Let everything cool down to room temperature BEFORE freezing. Otherwise you’ll end up with a soggy breakfast.
Depending on your batch size, usually a freezer baggie will suffice. If you make a big batch with many options be sure to wrap individually with Saran wrap before placing in a baggie. For the burritos and sandwiches you’ll want to individually wrap to keep them together.
Label! Write on the package what is inside of it! Inevitably you will forget.
Usually 30 seconds-1 minute will be enough time for everything to thoroughly heat up. If you are reheating more than one add 30 seconds per item.
Tip: The key to saving money this way is the lowered prices when buying your ingredients in bulk and making them from scratch!
Your turn! Do you do any freezer cooking for breakfast? What’s your favorite?
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