Freezing left over stock – don’t waste it

I like to purchase stock in bulk when I see it on sale at the supermarket and usually buy it in 1 Litre, 4 cup quantities.  Although some recipes I cook for dinner may require 1 cup of beef or chicken stock, while others 2-3 cups, so I’m not using the full package quantity. When you read the packaging it does say to dispose of stock 3 days after opening. Rather than wasting the stock, I freeze it instead!!

Don't waste leftover stock, here's a budget saving tip for you.... freeze it!

Place silicone cube trays, I purchased these from Target for only $2 and Kmart for $1.50, onto a baking tray for stability when moving them to the freezer.  Then pour left over stock into the silicone trays.

Don't waste leftover stock, here's a budget saving tip for you.... freeze it!

I prefer to use silicone as it’s so much easier to push the frozen stock out of the silicone trays.

Don't waste leftover stock, here's a budget saving tip for you.... freeze it!

I store them in an airtight container, with my fancy label (masking tape and marker) and keep them in the freezer for the next time I need stock.

Don't waste leftover stock, here's a budget saving tip for you.... freeze it!

Some clever readers also suggest:

  • I have colour coded decor tubs I use, each one holds 1 cup and it saves the “No I won’t put a label on it, I’ll remember whats in it” moment, which then results in confusion a month later. Pink is chicken, Blue is beef and Green is vegetable. I haven’t wasted any stock since buying these. – Sophie M.
  • I freeze it in one cup measures in zip lock bags. They lay flat in the freezer and thaw so quickly. – Christine T.
  • I just write how much is left in the original packaging and freeze it. So easy. – Anne R.

What do you do with your leftover stock?

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2 comments

Melinda May 17, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Brilliant, I had no idea what to do with mine and always threw it out, will do this from now on!

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Sandy May 27, 2018 - 4:24 PM

The labels are so good! Easy and removable. Thanks for the idea.

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