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Watch your prices on items such as cheese. In my area, I can buy a 16 oz. block of cheese far cheaper than I can buy an 8 oz. package of the same cheese grated. I take it home and grate it myself and save the difference.
You can also freeze cheese to be grated, and it grates easier. This saves me around $12 a month in cheese alone.
By mom-from-missouri from NW Missouri
By pam munro
By Deb E
This is one of my favorite ways to save money.
By Rosa G.
Here's a guide with tips and advice about freezing cheese:
Normally when I bake anything with a cheese topping, the cheese always gets baked right on it. But, when I make homemade hamburgers, I don't melt the cheese on the meat patties anymore because the cheese seems to melt and spread off of the patty and then slides off into the skillet, then half of the cheese ends up in the bottom of the pan, which usually ends up a burnt cheese mess with the cooked hamburger patties.
Pre-shredded cheese is expensive so I have come up with a cheaper way to have this convenience. When I buy a block of cheese, I go ahead and grate the whole thing.
I buy cheese ends cheap, shred them in a food processor, and use as toppings on all kinds of food. I also use the shredded cheese to make mac 'n cheese, etc.
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Whenever I go shopping, I notice how expensive lunchmeat is. My son LOVES cheese (cheese sandwich for lunch, cheese with dinner, cheese as a snack), and it really runs up the bill. Before I go to the deli, I'll run by the little cases they have around the deli (check all of them), and I see if they have any packaged "cheese ends". Last time I shopped, I bought two HUGE packages.
A lot of times, they are larger chunks, but you can make them work in sandwiches, and you'll also find slimmer slices mixed in with the larger ones. I usually buy a few packages of these, and one pound of regular sliced cheese. I use the cheese ends whenever I need to melt cheese for something, or am running out, and they are much cheaper than deli prices! I've also bought turkey ends for hot turkey in gravy, and bologna ends for my boyfriend's sandwiches.
These ends can be frozen for later use such as extending pasta salad, appetizers etc. (05/31/2005)
If you shop at Sam's, they have very good deals on deli cheese. (06/01/2005)
Some cheeses freeze better than others. Some will crumble after they're thawed which makes them impossible to cut, but perfect for melting, just experiment. You can try serving the cheese cubes for a snack with some pretzels and hot mustard to dip them in. Cheese and crackers. Cheese and grapes or other fruit? It will make the cheese last longer by not having so much at one sitting. Cheese contains too much salt and fat to eat so much in one day, anyway. This is from a cheese-a-holic, love cheese, but enjoy the variety platter snacks, too. So do the kids. (06/08/2005)
Deli turkey ends make great turkey salad! (03/02/2009)