When you cook bacon, make more than you need and put the extra on a flat pan or platter in a single layer. Place in the coldest part of your freezer until frozen. Then store the strips in a ziplock bag. It doesn't take any more time to make extras, and you'll have them for future meals, or you can make your own bacon bits and freeze them.

When making pancakes, waffles and French toast, make more than you will eat at one meal and let them cool. If you put them in a single layer and quick freeze them like the bacon, you can put them into a container or bag in the freezer and they won't stick together. It only takes a few minutes to cook the extras, and they're on hand for a quick breakfast.

You can also do this with different kinds of meat: cook extra hamburger patties, pork or lamb chops, chicken drumsticks or thighs. Buy more than you need for one meal and cook it all. After they are quick frozen they can be put into ziplock bags without any more wrapping and they won't stick together. You can just take out what you need and leave the rest frozen.

When making a pie crust, it saves time to make several and bake them to a golden brown. This makes it possible to take one out of the freezer and make a pie very quickly. If you bake them in aluminum foil pie pans, they will stack nicely in the freezer and you won't have to use a lot of regular pie plates. This is very handy when you need to take a pie to a party or potluck, or when you donate one to a bake sale, and don't have the time to make one. You could always buy a pie shell, but homemade is so much better.

Cooking a meatloaf? While you're at it make two. When cool, slice one, wrap in aluminum foil and store in the freezer. That way it won't take as long to thaw. It's also possible to take out just a slice or two for a sandwich or a meal for just one or two people.

On a busy day, you can use it for a quick meal.

When cooking pasta, pour the whole package into boiling water. When it's done, measure out what you need for your recipe and freeze the rest in a ziplock bag. This is a great time-saver when you're in a hurry to get supper on the table.

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