The ground may be thawing, but food manufacturers want to keep “frozen” on your mind—for a few weeks anyway. March is National Frozen Food Month – the perfect time to take inventory of what you have stashed away. It’s also a great month for freezer-friendly coupons and store promotions for frozen goods.
Here are some things to remember as you fill that freezer.
- A stocked freezer uses less energy than an empty one. If you’re low on frozen goods, fill 2-liters or reusable plastic containers with water to take up space.
- Nutrients are preserved when fruits and vegetables are frozen at their peak and can be even more nutritious than fresh. To buy frozen that is comparable to fresh, look at the ingredients and make sure the produce is the only item listed.
- Bag your frozen and refrigerated groceries in reusable, insulated grocery bags to keep your food cold until you get home, especially during warmer months. When not in use, they can be folded flat in your trunk—better than a clunky cooler.
- Eating seafood twice a week can lower blood pressure, triglycerides and ultimately help prevent heart disease. For a low-cost option, try frozen seafood. Choose fish that are high in Omega-3s and low in mercury, like salmon or trout. BOGO Van de Kamp’s Parchment Bake.
- To preserve quality, freeze food quickly. Ideally, food that’s two inches thick should freeze completely in about 2 hours. Also, never stack packages to be frozen. Instead, spread them out in one layer on various shelves, stacking them only after frozen solid.
Final Word: Frozen foods can be a low-cost, nutritious option. Be on the lookout for in-store promotions that you can pair your coupons with, and save extra as you stock your freezer this month.