We love mushrooms but when you do the math they’re expensive! That small container is usually around $1.50 and is just 8oz. That’s over $3 per pound and my budget is closer to $1 a pound for vegetables so we rarely get them. But, my whole family loves mushrooms and so when I see a great deal on them I like to stock up and save. A few weeks ago ALDI had 8oz containers of either cap or sliced mushrooms for just $.49. I bought 30 containers. Here’s the math:
30 containers x normal price of $1.50 = $45
30 containers x $.49 = $14.70
What is Flash Freezing?
Isn’t it crazy when you see it like that? That’s why I have a freezer and like to stock up but if you simply freeze them like that they’ll all get stuck together and be unusable which is why I bring them home and enjoy FLASH FREEZING them. Flash Freezing is super simple and you can do it with meats, vegetables and fruits. If you don’t do this before freezing items they will all stick together.
The Other reason to Flash Freeze is cost. Quite often I see one onion for around $.50 or 3# for $.99. i know we won’t eat 3# that quickly but they are nice to have on hand so I cut them and freeze them for later.
Lay them flat on a cookie sheet and freeze for around 1-2 hours until they’re a little hard.
Once they’re hardened simply scrape them off into a ziploc bag and put it back in the freezer. Now whenever you need them simply take some out of the bag and cook with them.
Things I Flash Freeze
Mushrooms, peppers, onions
Blueberries, Strawberries, watermelon
Meatballs, mini meatloaf
Note: They’re not great to use fresh after defrosting them so I recommend using them just to cook with.