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Why Freeze Foods?
When you think of stocking up and freezing foods, you might picture the grandparents carefully storing away food for future use. You might think it's something you don't need to be bothered with now.
However, there are a lot of practical reasons why you should be freezing foods for later use! Take a look below.
Foods You Can Freeze Cut Costs
If you follow our money saving blog Consumerqueen.com, you know that we talk about buying up items when they are cheap and free. It makes zero sense to try to use a coupon or money saving app- only to throw those foods away later because they went bad.
Freezing helps keep that money in your pocket by actually allowing you to use more of the foods you bought!
Freezing Allows You to Save Foods at Peak Quality
One of my favorite things to freeze is fresh vegetables. We don't have a large family at home– it's just my husband and I now!
This means that unless I buy very small portions of fresh vegetables, I will probably not use them all up by the time they are a bit past their prime!
Even if your veggies last a full week (and they usually don't, lets face it), they won't taste their best. By Freezing any extras the day you get home from the grocery store, you lock in those flavors for good until you're ready to add your vegetables to your meals.
Freezing Fresh Veggies:
Some may argue that the texture or moisture content of fresh vegetables can change with freezing. While this is technically true, we don't usually mind frozen vegetables in small portions. For example, stir fry meals are just fine if you're using frozen vegetables. We also freeze cut okra to fry, and peppers for fajitas!
If I am making a full pan of roasted vegetables however, I will want those fresh and not previously frozen. It depends on how you cook. I love having the option of a few veggies in the freezer ready to go, for those end of the week meals before my next shopping trip. It will save you from a fast food run, I promise! 🙂
Tips on Freezing for Best Quality:
- Do not freeze foods while wet. Wash and rinse fresh foods, and allow to fully dry prior to freezing.
- Invest in good freezer quality storage bins.
- Label Properly and Date! Important!
- Use Freezer Quality Storage bags
- Freeze flat- avoid clumps of rock solid vegetables that take a long time to thaw.
- You can thaw in the fridge or on the counter- as long as there is not any meat in the container. Do not thaw in the microwave for best results.
- Use a FoodSaver. You can ensure all the air is out of the bags- one of our favorite ways to preserve food!
- Do not freeze foods while hot. Allow to cool to room temperature first.
While freezing green beans, broccoli and meats is a no-brainer, there are actually a LOT of other things in your kitchen you can preserve for longer by freezing. Take a look at these surprising Foods You Can Freeze:
More Foods You Can Freeze:
- Shredded Cheese – Add a little cornstarch before you freeze and it will help keep the cheese from sticking together.
- Chips – Yes you can! It preserves the freshness and they never freeze solid. You can eat them right out of the freezer.
- Saltine Crackers
- Bread- Wrap in foil or paper towel then place in freezer bag. Do not let any moisture in or out.
- Baked Goods
- Tea Bags
- Berries & other Fruits – Buy them in season and freeze at the peak of freshness. You won't have to pay higher prices in the off season. Bananas should be peeled.
- Pasta sauce
- Yogurt – May not be the same consistency but great for baking and smoothies.
- Cut up veggies and freeze for later.
- Freeze leftovers of course.
- Meats (a given)
- Dried beans
- Cooked Pasta
- Flour & Sugar – can be used directly from the freezer.
- Cream Cheese – Crumbles when it freezes but great for baking.
- Cake mixes, brownie mixes, Jiffy cornbread mix.
Foods You Can Freeze- Special Instructions:
There are a few more on our list, but they require special instructions or you can end up with a not-edible end product. For example, you can freeze eggs and cooked rice. See our links below:
More tips on freezing foods:
- Butter : Freeze in original packaging, place in a bag with air removed. It will keep for 6-9 months.
- Candy: Yep, freeze it in it’s bag and thaw it out later. Catch after-holiday sales for the best deals.
- Bread: Freeze bread for shorter uses in it’s own packaging, if you wish to freeze it for long term use, double bag.
- Bananas: Before freezing, remove the peel and place in freezer bags.
- Dough such as bread, cakes, cookies, rolls: It is best to freeze these uncooked after the first rise and prior to the second rise. Pull out, rise on the counter 30 minutes-1 hour, and throw them in the oven.
- Milk can be frozen up to six months. However, the consistency after being frozen may not be very pleasing. It could be used for baking and cooking if the frozen-then-thawed version is not appealing.
If you prefer to Freezer Cook or have a larger family and benefit from saving time when you're cooking meals, you can also freeze Parts of Meals or Full Meals. Here are a few tips.
- Break apart hamburger meat into 1 lb batches. Cook up the batches with different seasonings such as taco, spaghetti and season salts. When you need a quick meal you just thaw and heat up.
- Make your own peanut butter and jelly sandwiches wrap them in plastic wrap, and then cover with foil and freeze them. Label and Put them in your kids lunchboxes and they will thawed by lunch time.
- Make up batches of waffles and pancakes and separate them by wax paper. Kids can pop them in the toaster.
- If your freezing casserole type meals to go directly into the freezer, add a little extra liquid as it will thicken when frozen.
- Do you always have just a little bit of veggies left over from your meal? Instead of throwing it away add it to a freezer bag. Keep adding different left over veggies to the same baggy and use it for vegetable soup.
- Freeze bacon grease in ice cube trays then store in freezer baggies.
- Freeze Soups and Other Liquid-based Foods in Mason Jars! See Freezing In Mason Jars Here!
- Use recipes you can cook from frozen! See our 4 Freezer Meals Post Here!
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