Guest Post By Jackie from Mom on a Mission for Christ.
In case you didn’t know, a No. 10 can is typically used by chain restaurants, hotels, and larger families. It holds more than 100 ounces or six to seven pounds. Most shoppers bypass this large size, assuming it’s too much for a small family. However, utilizing a different mind-set (and your freezer) a No. 10 can will work for small families, too.
For example, this No. 10 can of diced tomatoes is priced $2.99 in NC at Sams wholesale. This is equivalent to six regular size cans. A brand-name standard size can typically costs .99. Six cans at .99 is $5.94. By purchasing a No. 10 size, you’re saving at least $2.95.
Most grocery chains stock No. 10 cans on the lower shelves with vegetables. Wholesale stores stock a wider variety of No. 10 cans, as well as overstocked and discount stores, like Go Grocery, Big Lots, Dickies, and Amazing Savings in our area. Look for further reduced prices in these chains.
How we use a No.10 can.
1. Open it up
2. Add the item to a freezer inventory
3. Freeze the contents in quart size bags as 2-cup portions (standard can size) for future recipes
4. Thaw bags on a plate or in a bowl in the refrigerator to catch condensation; or cut the zipper top off, slice straight down the middle, and drop into soups, stews or crock pot recipes.
I like to drop frozen bags of black bean, corn, diced tomatoes and cooked seasoned taco meat to make easy Southwest chili on a cold day.
Jackie Brown, is a freelance writer and non-profit founder feeding her family of six through freezer cooking while extending her hands to the poor and needy. You can visit her freezer cooking education blog at Mom on a Mission for Christ.