Freezable Foods

Source: www.simpleorganizedliving.com/2011/02/10/freezable-foods/#ixzz1v8R7DMgN 

Baked Goods & Baking Supplies

  • Breads, Buns, Muffins, and Rolls: Double-bag to prevent freezer burn; should be fine for several months
  • Granola: freeze it in mason jars or zip-top bags.
  • Chocolate: they keep for much longer this way and taste “fresher”.
  • Nuts: Freezing keeps oils from going rancid.
  • Flour and Sugar: Great in the summer when weather is more humid.

Dairy: most dairy products should keep for at least 6 months

  • Butter/Margarine: Just stick the whole package in the freezer and remove when you’re ready to use.
  • Block Cheese: Slice and shred it before you freeze it, otherwise it will crumble.
  • Cream Cheese: Might be a bit “lumpy” after it defrosts but it still tastes the same.
  • Milk: Might be helpful before a vacation. Pour about 1 cup of milk out before freezing because it will expand.
  • Yogurt: Let it defrost a bit before eating so it’s really creamy.

FruitBefore freezing fruit, make sure it’s washed, dried, and divided up into smaller portions. This will make it easy to quickly grab what you need without defrosting the entire batch. Fruits should keep for up to a year if properly sealed.

  • 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.
  • Berries: great for pancakes and smoothies. 2-cup containers of crushed berries can be used for making jam, ice-cream toppings or, for berry shortcake.
  • Bananas: Peel rotten bananas and put 4 in a bag or freezer container {most recipes call for 3-5 bananas}
  • Jams and Jellies: Freezer jam is a much easier way to go.

Herbs: Freeze fresh herbs in ice-cube trays to use for soups, stews, and casseroles later in the year. Here’s a free Herb Reference Sheet that explains how you can use and preserve different herbs.

Veggies: List of 20 different vegetables and how to freeze them: Vegetable Freezing Worksheet

Meals
  • Soups, Stews, and Broths: Divide into 1 or 2 cup portions so they defrost quicker.
  • Casseroles: Lasagna, fajitas,enchiladas, chicken dishes… Make sure all the ingredients are fully cooked before you freeze. Just defrost and bake as normal.
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Meat: You can freeze cooked meat, raw meat, ground meat, shredded meat, “whole” meat, etc. Just make sure it’s properly sealed to prevent freezer burn.

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