Stocking up on groceries when they are at their lowest price is one of the smartest ways to save on groceries, but when buying in bulk you have to keep in mind the expiration dates.
Freezing is a great way to extend the life of the product beyond the expiration date. Here is a list of items that can be frozen:
What Foods Can I Freeze?
- Brownies & Cookies: Put them in resealable bags or storage containers with tight-fitting lids.
- Breads, Buns, Muffins, and Rolls: Just double-bag them to prevent freezer burn and they should be fine for several months.
- Chips or Crackers: Just place them in the freezer in the original sealed package.
- Chocolate: Storing baking chocolates will keep it fresher for a longer amount of time.
- Coffee Beans & Leaf Tea: Keep them in the freezer to maintain aroma & flavor for a longer period of time.
- Nuts: Storing nuts in the freezer keep their oils from going rancid.
- Flour and Sugar: While it’s not necessary, but it is best when it is humid.
- Butter/Margarine: Stick the whole package in the freezer and remove when you’re ready to use.
- Block/shredded Cheese: If you don’t slice or shred it before you freeze it, it will crumble.
- Cream Cheese: It might be a bit “lumpy” after it defrosts, but it still tastes the same.
- Cottage Cheese/Sour Cream: Since freezing will change the texture, I find it best to cook with these products.
- Milk: I have never had a problem sticking the entire container in the freezer, but it is recommended to pour about 1 cup of milk out before freezing. Once frozen, it is better for cooking than drinking
- Yogurt: Texture will change slightly. Let it defrost a bit before eating, so it’s creamy. (Check out this super easy recipe for Homemade Go-gurts.)
- Eggs: Crack open and mix in a touch of salt (if using for savory dishes) or sugar (for baking or desserts); place in freezer bags or airtight containers.
- All Fruits: You can pretty much freeze any fruit you plan to use in smoothies because it will get mashed up anyway, however, don’t plan on freezing fruit simply for eating — it will be really soggy.
- Most Vegetables: Water rich & leaf vegetables don’t freeze well, but most vegetables do.
- Herbs: You can freeze fresh herbs in ice-cube trays to use for soups, stews, and casseroles later in the year.
- Meat, Poultry, and Fish: Animal products such as meat, poultry, fish and shellfish all freeze well if packaged and handled correctly. Depending on the product, they can freeze for up to 12 months.
- Uncooked Pasta & Rice: Keeps for a longer period of time.
What are your favorite foods to freeze?
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