Fresh to Frozen Grocery Salvage Store Review

fresh to frozen

I’ve been wanting to check out Fresh-to-Frozen for a long time and finally made it when I was in Bon Air for The Clothesline consignment sale.

Fresh-to-Frozen grocery salvage is located in the old Ukrop’s space at 7803 Midlothian Turnpike, just off the Chippenham exit past what was Cloverleaf Mall.

fresh to frozen ukrops sign

If you’re nostalgic for Ukrop’s, you’ll probably enjoy the Ukrop’s throwbacks, such as original aisle signage and the same forest green shopping carts.

The store carries all the major grocery categories. Up at the very front were loaves of bread from a variety of brands for $1.19.

fresh to frozen produce

The produce selection is large and varied in quality, with a number of good values. I picked up red peppers “2 for $1″; there were also green, yellow and orange peppers “4 for $1″ but most had seen fresher days. I also grabbed a squash for $.62/lb.

fresh to frozen wine

Next up was the beer and wine section. Beer prices were nothing special. We were out of white wine at home, so I did pick up several bottles of wine to experiment with. These range in price form $2.99 to $5.99. I would say altogether there were 10-15 varieties available.

Behind that was a small meat section, in which I glanced at hams, chicken thighs and lunchmeat.

fresh to frozen aisle

ragu fresh to frozen

Ragu: $1.82. One aisle was almost completely devoted to Ragu and Prego pasta sauce, neither of which were especially cheap – Ragu was only $1.45 before coupons in Kroger’s Mega Event last week.

The spice section always seems to offer good value in salvage stores – I saw lots of options in the $1 to $2 range.

newman's own salsa

Several jars of Newman’s Own salsa (one of my husband’s favorites) made it into my cart. The cheapest I can get them is $1 with a rare sale and coupon combo at Kroger, but $1.47 is a good deal.

fresh to frozen baby food

The baby food also seemed like a deal – 4 Stage 2 Gerber jars for $.62 and less for Beech-Nut – but I didn’t check the expirations.

fresh to frozen yobaby

In the refrigerated section, $.20 for a container of YoBaby yogurt is a bargain… but the cups were dated February 8 (and I was there on the 24th). Milk was NOT cheap at $3.38/gallon for skim.

And the frozen department contained lots of Lean Cuisine meals ranging from $1 (for a spinach mushroom pizza dated August 2008!) to $2+, as well as an Edward’s frozen dessert for $1 (dated best by January 2011, but I’m OK with that)

So, as with any salvage store, you have to be on your toes, both for the quality/freshness of the merchandise and for the value it offers compared to a good “regular” grocery store sale. I’m looking forward to going back now that I know where it is and that it doesn’t take me as long to drive as I had expected.

“Like” Fresh-to-Frozen on Facebook to find out about the latest shipments and occasional discounts available!

Have you found any fabulous bargains or had any bad experiences there?

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    8 comments on “Fresh to Frozen Grocery Salvage Store Review
    1. Andrea says:

      We happened upon Fresh to Frozen just a few weeks after it opened at its first location and always look forward to stopping in as often as possible. We loooooooove Fresh to Frozen and cannot sing its praises loud or long enough. We have saved TONS there. We also shopped there Saturday and one of the most awesome deals we found was a monstrous bag of gourmet salad greens for $5. To this we added a $2 bag of ‘gourmet’ Stir Fry blend ($2) that included broccoli, snap peas, carrot shreds, etc….I say ‘gourmet’ because the veg in this blend tasted so fresh and was so tender. We have a big family and made salad our Sunday dinner and had lots left over. We also picked up a box of Clementines (price escapes me) they were sampling at the door. Great deal. Chocolate Silk milk for 50 cents per carton. (Last time it was Organic chocolate soy milk marked down to 50 cents per carton.) We’ve been picking up nitrite free Oscar Mayer hot dogs for $1 each time we’ve been the last few months. (These hot dogs are awesome!) When things like that get close to their sell by date, they’ll sometimes mark them down super low (like the Oscar Mayer hot dogs we picked up for 25 cents each a few years ago) or they’ll freeze them like these nitrite free ones. There were also 30-count large flour tortillas that were incredibly soft and were selling for $1.50!

      The loaves of Nature’s Own bread for $1.19 that I’ve picked up have never been stale, and $1.19 is awesome. I have bought pounds and pounds of bananas for 10 cents/lb that made the best banana bread or banana smoothies I’ve ever had. We have often gotten cases of Breyers and sometimes organic yogurt there for $2. That’s $2 for 24 full size yogurt cups!

      No, not everything in there is a steal. I don’t often buy cold cereal there and don’t buy jarred spaghetti sauce anyway. We all know our price points, so I stick with those at this store, too.

      Our deals there are endless, and I could go on. I’ve often gone in to find organic cereal or frozen pizza for pennies on the dollar of what I would find it at say Good Foods Grocery (and I don’t buy those either, but I always feel sorry for the poor souls who are at that very moment paying full price at GFG for it!).

      If you’re used to paying full retail and getting bargains with coupons on name brand items and enjoy the convenience (not checking for exp dates, spoilage, etc.) of that, then you may not love a salvage grocery quite as much as I do. I do that, too, like the $171 worth of groceries we picked up at Kroger Saturday night for $35 after subtracting the catalinas. But if you’re in for the thrill of the hunt with some substantial savings on great groceries, then Fresh to Frozen is for you. You just never know what bargain you’ll find when you walk in. LOVE Fresh to Frozen! And now that everyone’s ready to run out to Fresh to Frozen, y’all be sure to leave some for us :D lol

    2. Alison says:

      Thanks for all the info about good deals to be had, Andrea! Seems like a great way to afford some organic and produce items that might otherwise eat up an entire grocery budget. Have you noticed any particular day of the week yielding better finds?

    3. BW says:

      Found Major Grey’s chutney there for $2…it’s usually $4 or more at the grocery store.

      Most of my purchases are in produce but you do have to look closely at what you’re getting. Bought carrots for 50 cents/pound and love their low prices on bread.

      Got turned on to this site from carmelizedopinions.com

    4. Andrea says:

      No, we’ve never found one day of the week better than another. We live quite a distance away so just stop in as we’re able. However, if you find something you really like, but it’s still a bit higher than you want to pay, check back the next week. This works very well for bananas and refrigerated items (like that chocolate Silk that had started at $1.50). They’re very good about marking things down and get in some really interesting stuff. Hope you guys enjoy it!

    5. BooBoo says:

      Do they except EBT Cards?

    6. Carole Russum says:

      I love fresh to frozen , If you are in to deli meat this is the place.i have bougth ham, trky ,chk,& roast beef. All for less then 2$ a lb. in reg stores deli meat is 5 to 7 or 8$ a lb. I have a meat slicer. I go there for the meat. But you do have to know what your prices are elsewere. Produce also is a great deal. We bought a case if chk roasters for 18$. The most i,ve paid for deli meat was 19$ for a 10lb ham. Thats 1.90 a lb sounds like a good deal to me.I love love love it.

    7. george ducane says:

      I have yet to figure out how the pricing is determined. There are some great deals but you have to be mindful. I wish that they would just make everything a great deal compared to other stores since most of the items are past the expiration date.

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