Bulk/wholesale food stores like Sam’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and Costco offer shoppers an opportunity to buy in bulk and possibly save money.
Make sure you are getting your dollars worth at wholesale food warehouses by storing extra perishable items in a deep freezer.
If you cannot afford a new deep freezer, consider buying one second hand. Comb newspaper classifieds, Craigslist and garage sales for a used deep freezer. Be sure to plug it in to make sure it works before purchasing it.
- When buying meat in bulk, separate it into portion sizes and store them in plastic freezer bags. Ziploc vacuum freezer bags or Reynolds Handi-Vac both are designed to expel excess air from the bag before sealing and freezing, eliminating the chances of spoiling or freezer burn.
- Use a permanent marker to label your bags with expiration dates, so you know when to use or toss an item.
- Ground beef can be frozen for 3-4 months, Chicken, 9 months, and Fish, 3 months. Check out the Reynolds website for a handy food storage list.
- Keep your freezer at least half full, so the compressor does not need to work so hard to keep your items frozen. However, do not keep it jam packed because you want the freezer cabinet air to circulate.
There is also another savings benefit to buying in bulk, fewer trips to the grocery store means spending less money on gas.