I see people posting in Facebook groups all the time asking what to do with a certain item, if they can freeze a certain item…etc….Here is a short list I’ve compiled of items I know will freeze well.
What Can I Freeze?
- Milk – to freeze, just pour a little off the top and stick in the freezer. Milk expands when frozen, so it needs to have some room
- Cheese – cheese can just be put into the freezer and pulled out when ready to use, keep in mind, blocks of cheeses turn crumbly once frozen and thawed. It’s best to shred it before you freeze it.
- Butter – these can just be placed in the freezer and pulled out when ready to use
- Cooked Rice – rice can be frozen and then thawed in some water when you’re ready to use it…just put in a pot with a little water, bring to a boil, and drain when hot.
- Cooked Mashed Potatoes – freeze these and put them in the fridge the day before you’re ready to serve them….when ready to eat, warm on the stove with a little milk and butter, stir, stir, stir and they will be perfect!
- Chopped Veggies (onions, bell pepper, carrots, celery, green onion, tomato, etc.) – some veggies need to be blanched before freezing, like carrots, broccoli, potatoes, cabbage…..some can just be chopped and frozen, like onions, and peppers.
- Sugar – if you buy sugar in bulk, you may want to keep the bag in the freezer to keep it fresh…I like to place my bulk bag in a large trash bag before freezing to keep the bag from getting wet once I pull it out of the freezer.
- Flour – same as the sugar, you can keep it in the freezer to keep it fresh.
- Corn meal – again, same as the sugar and flour.
- Pancakes – you can make up a bunch of these and place them in the freezer…you can pull them out as you need them and put them in the microwave or the toaster to warm.
- Waffles – same as the pancakes
- Pancake/waffle mix – Keep this is the freezer to keep it fresh
- Tea bags – stays fresh in the freezer until you need to use them
- Grits – stays fresh longer
- Coffee – stays fresh longer (I share this tip because there are a lot of coffee drinkers, and my dad likes to buy a bunch of cans of his favorite coffee when it’s on sale and stick them in the freezer. when he takes them out they’re good as new!)
- Oatmeal – stays fresh
- Sandwich Bread – you can keep this in the freezer to keep it fresh, or if it’s a little old but not moldy you can throw them in the freezer to use for garlic bread or toast on another day
- Hamburger buns – same as the sandwich bread! Hamburger buns make great garlic bread!
- Hot dog buns – same as the other breads
- French bread – same as the other breads – I actually like to buy several loaves of french bread just to keep it in the freezer to use for meals.
- Tortillas – tortillas can be stored in the freezer until they’re need, if you have any leftover after taco Tuesday…just throw them in there and they will be fine for next time!
- Cooked ground beef – I love to cook up a bunch of ground beef and keep in meal size portions in the freezer to pull out and throw a meal together quickly…..think, chili, tacos, spaghetti….imagine how quick these meals will be if the meat is already cooked!
- Cooked shredded chicken – same as the ground beef! just freeze in meal size portions and pull out when you’re making a meal that calls for shredded chicken
- Tomato Paste – I saw a great tip for tomato paste on instagram…you know when you buy the tomato paste and it’s in that strange size can….i don’t know about you but I hardly ever use the entire can in a recipe….just spoon into ice cube trays and freeze for a couple hours…once frozen, pull from the ice cube tray and keep in a freezer bag or bowl with a lid…..this makes perfect recipe size portions and none of it goes to waste.
- Pasta Sauce – I like to make up a huge batch of homemade pasta sauce and freeze in meal size portions….this make spaghetti so easy if the sauce and the meat are already completely done and in the freezer waiting for dinner!
- Soups – when you make a soup for dinner and there’s plenty leftover. The best thing to do is freeze in portion size containers… then when someone wants some soup they can just pull a bowl out of the freezer and pop it in the microwave to thaw and warm…you could also put the frozen soup in a pot with a little water or broth and warm on low until completely thawed and warmed
- Chili – same with the soup
- Chips – When I buy chips I usually buy several bags because they’re on sale…to keep them fresh longer and to keep the kids from eating them all in one day stick the extra bags in the freezer and just pull them out as needed
- Cookies – made too many? leftovers from a party? Throw them in the freezer (well….sit them gently in the freezer, they may crumble lol) Just pull them out as you need them for snacks or dessert!
- Cookie dough – I love this!! make up a bunch of cookie dough and roll into balls….place on a lined cookie sheet and place in the freezer for an hour to flash freeze…once frozen put all of the cookie dough balls into a plastic freezer bag or bowl with a lid and store in the freezer….that way when you’re ready for cookies you can pull out as many of the cookie dough balls as you need and put the rest back in the freezer.
- Broth – I like to make a bunch of homemade chicken broth from veggie scraps and bones….I then freeze in containers to use on another day….just be careful…like the milk, the broth will expand once frozen so it needs plenty of room to do so.
- Ice (Ha Ha) – lol….
- Cooked beans – dry beans are so much more cost effective than canned beans…cook up some dry beans and freeze in 3/4 cup portions to use in place of the canned beans…you’ll be surprised how much more you get!
- uncooked pasta – for freshness just place the bags in the freezer until ready to use
- cooked pasta – leftovers? place in the freezer for next time!
- Muffins – cook up a bunch and keep in a freezer bag in the freezer….they can be pulled out as needed for a quick breakfast!
- Corn on the cob – I love to go to the u – pick it farms in May and get a bunch of fresh corn….I like to freeze as much as I can to save for later in the year when they’re no longer in season…they always thaw and taste just like they are fresh picked! even in the middle of winter!! Everyone has their own way of freezing fresh corn, but the way I do it is simple…just shuck it, put it in a bag and freeze….when ready to use, wash it very well and put in a pot of water to boil! don’t forget the butter and salt!! yummy!!!
- Eggs – like the tomato paste, an easy way to freeze eggs is to crack them open into ice trays, and freeze for a couple hours…then put them in a freezer bag until you’re making something that calls for eggs.. I’ve only used frozen eggs for baking. I don’t know how well they turn out for just scrambled eggs. (if you know, please leave us a comment so we’ll know too!)
- Fruit – fruit can be frozen for future use in smoothies and recipes….we love freezing leftover fruit the kids didn’t eat and turning it into delicious smoothies later!
Well, that’s all I have for now! Anything you want to add to the list?? Please leave a comment and let us know!!
Talk to you later,