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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 Deb E
This is one of my favorite ways to save money.
By Mama Kim
By Rosa G.
Here's a guide with tips and advice about freezing cheese:
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 then put the cheese in a gallon freezer zip lock bag with a rounded tablespoon of cornstarch.
Then I shake the bag so that it lightly coats the cheese. This keeps it from sticking together when you store it in the freezer. I keep mine in the freezer so that it will keep longer. It does not take long to thaw because it is in small shavings! I use it in salads, chili, tacos, etc. This is my all-time favorite tip!
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. I add a half teaspoon of flour, so the cheese doesn't stick together.
By Shirley from East Windsor, NJ
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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)