I love to bake! I am always baking something: muffins, bread (using a bread machine), brownies, cookies, etc. I try to save money by stocking up on baking needs when they are on sale. I often store surplus supplies in the freezer. I do this with flour and yeast. We are trying to eat healthy, so I like to use whole wheat flour in everything I bake. I have come to love King Arthur Flour’s white whole wheat flour. I wait for it to go on sale at Meijer, then stock up & store it in the freezer (I store my white all-purpose flour in the freezer as well).
I buy yeast in bulk at Sam’s club. I fill a half pint jar for the fridge & place the rest in the freezer. When I run out, I simply refill my jar & put the rest back in the freezer. I have never had yeast go bad (inactive) using this method. I freeze cake mixes, brownie mixes, cornbread mixes – anything that might get buggy.
In the fall when veggies are ripe in the garden I chop zucchini & onions & put them in the freezer. I’ve done this with peppers as well (as long as I’m not going to leave them there long). I have had peppers ready before tomatoes, chopped the peppers & stored in the freezer until I’m ready to make salsa.
Ever open a can of pasta or pizza sauce & not use it all? Put the rest in the freezer. How about veggies? Ever make a vegetable for supper & have a little left over? I keep an old margarine container in the freezer; when I have a little leftover vegetable left, I put it in this container. When the container is full, I make soup or pot pies, etc.
Hope this helps you save some money & reduce your food waste. Gotta go…time to take the bread out of the machine. Enjoy!