It’s back to school season and saving money is on the top of everyone’s to do list. One way to accomplish this is to buy items in larger quantities when they are on sale.But what about those items that expire more quickly than others? I mean, we all know that we can freeze food like meat and vegetables, but what about those other perishables?
10 FOODS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU COULD FREEZE
#1) MILK – My cousin just tried this. They were leaving for an extended vacation and they still had jugs of milk in their fridge. So after everyone had breakfast the morning they were supposed to leave, she put the jugs into the freezer. When they returned, she pulled them out of the freezer and put them back into the fridge so that the next morning they had milk ready for breakfast! NOTE: Frozen milk WILL separate, but simply shake the contents to mix them back together.
#2) BUTTER – cut the bricks of butter into smaller pieces and freeze in freezer bags. When you are ready to use, pop it on the counter for 3-4 hours and you will have nicely thawed, still good, butter!
#3) EGGS – This one is a little more tricky. Eggs can be frozen, but without the shells. Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk them together. Remember how many eggs are in one batch so that if you are using them for recipes you know how many are in each container/bag. NOTE: Add a little bit of salt if egg yolks will be used for savoury dishes and sugar if they will be used for dessert dishes.
#4) FRESH HERBS – fresh herbs will stay good in your refrigerator for about 2 weeks. However, we often don’t use the whole bunch of herbs with one recipe. Simply wash, dry and chop the herbs up and place them in ice-cube trays. Add a little bit of water or oil and freeze them. Once they are frozen, pop out the herb ice cubes and store them in freezer bags.
#5) NUTS & SEEDS – Nuts in the freezer will stay good for up to 2 years (depending on the type of nut). Just remember that nuts and seeds will absorb the flavours around them, so make sure they are in a sealed container or bag. Thaw nuts and roast them slightly to bring them back to their full flavour.
#6) PEANUT BUTTER – During the year, we don’t go through a tonne of peanut butter, but around Christmas when I do my baking we go through MUCH more! Save the leftover peanut butter from Christmas baking in the freezer for up to 1 year. You can even freeze it directly IN the peanut butter jar!
#7) POTATOES – It is cheaper to purchase a 10 pound bag of potatoes, rather than just the handful that my family will need. So freezing potatoes will save a lot of money. While frozen potatoes can become watery when thawed, the secret is to blanch them BEFORE freezing! Leftover mashed potatoes can also be frozen in freezer bags flat saving room in your freezer.
#8) CORN ON THE COB – My family loves the sweetness of fresh corn in summer and it would be great to have that deliciousness all year long. And you can! Boil fresh corn for 2-3 minutes and then run it under cold water to stop the cooking process. This will help prevent mushy corn when it thaws.
#9) AVOCADOS – While avocados freeze well, their texture becomes less-than-perfect. They taste great, so they are perfect for guacamole and smoothies.
#10) WHIPPED CREAM – Place dollops of fresh whipping cream on a cookie sheet to freeze this delicious dessert treat! Frozen whipped cream thaws in minutes so it is perfect for those last minute dessert ideas or hot chocolates.
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Wednesday 16th of November 2016
Thanks you so much for posting this!
Sunday 2nd of October 2016
I haver thrown out avocado not realizing I could freeze them for smoothies. I have bought several at a time and each are at a different state of ripening. However, they all seem to ripen perfectly all at the same time anyway. This usually resulted in throwing one out before I was able to use up. Thanks for the great tip.
Monday 26th of September 2016
Good to know about freezing peanut butter. It's always the big containers on sale which are too big for us but cheaper.
Sunday 25th of September 2016
Eggs are new to me. I'd like to add CHEESE to this list! I freeze blocks of cheese and cheese slices. The key is to make sure it's completely thawed before opening or cutting.
We use a lot of cheese, so when it's on sale its nice to stock up!
Debbie White Beattie
Saturday 24th of September 2016
I knew about everything but the eggs and whipped cream. Thanks for the information and now I need to freeze more food.