We purchase and eat a good deal of frozen vegetables in our home. Typically, we buy the two pound bag, and prepare just enough for one meal at a time.
I always had a tough time finding the specific bag I wanted from the grocery store since the different varieties looked similar (and my freezer was stuffed full). For years I knew that the veggies I blanched and froze myself were easier to find since I could see through the clear zippered bag.
But it took years for me to figure out that I could transfer my store-bought frozen vegetables to zipper bags to make the guess work of finding the right veggie easier.
It's amazing. We now have an upright freezer in addition to our side-by-side fridge/freezer in the kitchen, but our freezers are always so full and messy! This month, I am actually working to use a lot of the food in our kitchen's freezer, especially the already prepared foods (breads, biscuits, rolls, meals, muffins). Cookies freeze beautifully, but we typically eat those within a couple of weeks. I have also been purposeful this year to purchase meats only every couple of months (when they are on sale) so I intentionally use the meats we have on hand instead of just storing more of the same in the freezer.
I not only purchase meat and vegetables for the freezer, but I also prepare an occasional prepared meal to put in the freezer. (This is simply done by adding a few extra pieces of meat when preparing a meal or making an extra large batch of macaroni and cheese.) I cook smooth spaghetti sauce and pizza sauce in large batches and place in the freezer, as well as homemade applesauce to freeze.
In both of my freezers, I use bins to sort foods. In the upright deep freezer, the labels are Pork, Beef, Chicken, Prepared Foods, and Fruits/Vegetables. In my kitchen's freezer I should label, but don't. Instead, I have fruits, vegetables, prepared meats, and raw meats.
By purchasing meat only on sale-and using it- I am able to save a good deal of money. I just need to be diligent about letting the meat thaw completely before cooking it.
Do you use your freezer or do you cook from mostly fresh foods?