We all know that we can store fruit and vegetables to help them last longer, but did you know about the rest of these?
Occasionally there are amazing deals on perishable items that go bad quickly. One of the best ways to preserve them and stock up at these prices is to freeze them. Here is a long list of items that you can freeze so that next time you find them in the manager’s special section, you can stock up!
If you know of any other foods we could add to this list, please let us know in the comments!
Avocados – best if used in guacamole after thawing
Bread (and other baked goods) – just put in the toaster to defrost a slice or two at a time
Buttermilk – freeze in ice cube trays and transfer to baggies
Baby food – freeze in ice cube trays and transfer to baggies. Do NOT store in glass jars, as the glass may shatter into tiny shards
Broth – do not freeze in the can
Cheese – blocked cheese will be crumbly when it is defrosted, so either pre-slice it or use it just for shredded cheese
Chips – they only take minutes to defrost
Chocolate – store in the refrigerate first for a few days, then transfer to the freezer
Cooke dough (homemade) – freeze into individual scoops to cook as many or few as you’d like
Corn on the cob
Cream cheese – the texture changes when frozen and doesn’t spread well
Eggs – crack into greased muffin tins and break up the yolks to freeze, then transfer to baggies later. They will be a bit stiff after thawing, so they work best for baking when you will use an electric mixer.
Fruit (berries, bananas, lemons/limes)
Ginger – it is easier to grate when frozen
Grains – quinoa, farro, bulgur…
Half-and-half (heavy cream will not freeze well)
Herbs – they will be limp if frozen by themselves, but put in ice cube trays with olive oil
Jams and jellies
Meat – lunchmeat, roasts, hamburger…
Milk – just take out half a cup or so to avoid the jug splitting
Nuts – the oils after a few weeks at room temperature start to go bad, so freezing helps preserve them
Peanut butter (organic)
Smoked fish – vacuum seal it first
Tortillas – defrost in the fridge, not in the microwave
Tofu – freezing will make it a bit more dense