Getting Ahead of the Holiday Meal Cost- Frozen Items Part 5 

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uncooked frozen rolls

We are getting closer and closer to one of the most special days of the year. Time is flying and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. With a week left it’s time to shift our focus to the frozen meal items. Freezer space can be at a premium, so we want to purchase these items nearer to our holiday meal. As you think about your holiday menu, the list below may be helpful in developing your shopping list.

                                                   Common Frozen Items:

Cranberries

Frozen breads 

(rolls, garlic toast)

Frozen Dessert Frozen Fruits
Frozen Juices (for homemade punch) Frozen Vegetables Meats(breakfast meats- bacon and Sausage) Pie Crusts
Sauces

When considering your meat purchases, remember to include meats used for seasonings in other dishes. Don’t forget to label any freezer items you may purchase. If you are not able to use them for the holiday meal, you will be aware of how long the item has been stored and can plan for future use. Be sure to check the freezer space before grocery shopping. There may be some old items that need to be discarded. Spending money on items you may not have storage for is counterproductive to preparing in advance.

If your food item cannot be cooked from frozen, be sure to allow enough time for your frozen items to thaw following safe food practices at www.foodsafety.com. Previously prepared soups, stews, chili, pastas, sauces, and casseroles freeze well in small containers and can be prepared ahead of time and served as a part of the holiday meal. Previously prepared and frozen meals are great time savers and may allow more time to shop, prepare specialty items, clean, and rest before dinner time. If your guests arrive before the main courses for dinner are complete, frozen appetizers such as quiche may curb their hunger until the meal is complete. 

The “Getting Ahead of Holiday Meal Cost” series is sponsored by the More In My Basket (MIMB) Program. Visit morefood.org for the complete series or to contact the More In My Basket staff.

For more information please contact Sheila Gregory at sheila_gregory@ncsu.edu or via phone at 252-232-2261. The “Getting Ahead of Holiday Meal Cost” series is sponsored by the More In My Basket (MIMB) Program.

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Sheila Gregory, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionSheila GregoryProgram Assistant, Family and Consumer Sciences Call Sheila Email Sheila N.C. Cooperative Extension, Currituck County Center
Updated on Nov 18, 2021
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