I recently received an e-mail asking about purchasing meat to stock a freezer, and thought I would share these ideas with everyone. If you are restocking your freezer, I’ll tell you my secrets. My husband and I are really selective about the meats and fish we buy, so I don’t buy a lot of breaded items. MSG triggers migraines for my husband so I read a lot of labels on frozen meats. My trick is to go to local grocery stores at about 6:00 a.m. and buy the meat that has been discounted from the prior day. It ends up costing about half the regular price, and usually ground beef is even more of a savings. Then I bring the meat home, marinate steaks and chicken if desired, and vacuum seal portions for the freezer. I have spent a day or two making freezer meals with these meats before as well. If you store these packages in a cardboard box in your freezer, they will last even longer.
I found that all the grocery stores in my area discount this way. Some stores even discount their filet mignon. I can get much better cuts of beef (at a great price) for fajitas or stew this way (it cooks up fantastically tender in the crockpot). Generally, pork chops or roasts, and ground turkey or cuts are available as well. If you have a Costco nearby, in our opinion, nothing beats a Costco filet. They are the most tender, flavorful steaks around and worth the price. We have a hard time ordering steak at a restaurant now because we like our Costco steaks at home better, so this is our splurge. We also buy frozen chicken breasts from Costco, unless I can get them on sale at the grocery store.
I’d love to hear your tips for stocking your freezer…please post.