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What Foods Can You Freeze? A Complete Guide on Freezing Food

Are you using your freezer efficiently? Are you wondering which food is safe to freeze and which are not? 

Then you have come to the right place.

It can be a huge hassle to prepare everyday food, buying fresh groceries and processing them to turn it into a wholesome meal. You can prepare the whole week’s meal over the weekend and storing them in your freeze can save a lot of your time and energy. 

You might also want to keep your monthly rations reserved to slowly savour it. Freezing food is a great way to preserve food for an extended period.

Many of us do not even know the proper techniques to store food in the freezer and often land up with foods that are mushy, smelly or funny to taste after freezing them. Preserving food the correct way can be a lifesaver any day.

Advantage & Disadvantage of Freezing Food

Preserving food through freezing keeps the food colour, taste and texture more intact than preserving them with any other method. Moreover, storing away leftover meals and perishable foods in the freezer can save it from being wasted, saving your budget and world economy.

According to Worldwide food waste, “Roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year – approximately 1.3 billion tonnes – gets lost or wasted.”

People have been using the process of preserving food through the use of ice for many years. Furthermore, freezing food is much healthier as there is no need of adding preservatives or chemicals for stopping it from freezing.

Advantage of Frozen Food

Disadvantage of Frozen Food

What Food Can You Freeze?

Some foods are great even after being frozen, some foods need more care to freeze and need proper techniques. This requires a sharp cutting knife, airtight boxes and packets, aluminium foils and plastic wraps. There is a duration for how long you can store some given food. Below you will find methods to freeze different kinds of food. 

How to Freeze Raw Fish and Meats?

Chicken, beef, pork and fish are favourites of a vast population. Animal products are convenient and most comfortable to store, and you can keep it frozen for more than a year.

How to Freeze Raw Fish and Meats

How to Freeze Vegetables?

How to Freeze Vegetables

Enjoy seasonal bounties all through the year or cut your weekly veggies on your free time. Store well-packaged vegetables for more than a year. Here is how you can prepare your vegetables into portions and save it away in the freezer for later use. 

Vegetables like carrot, potato, broccoli, zucchini and bell paper and all similar vegetables should cut down to chunks and florets. Blanch them in boiling water until they are half-boiled or dented. Drain out the excess water and pat dry them on a clean, dry tray. Cool them down to room temperature and then put the tray in the freezer until they are hard. You can put them into an airtight container or zip lock bags and put them back to the freezer.  

Onions can be chopped into fine slices and spread on a dry tray and put into the freezer till they are frozen solid. Transfer them to plastic packages or boxes in portions you will use and put it back to the freezer. You can directly fry them whenever you want with or without defrosting them. 

Peel off ginger and garlic and grind them into a fine paste. Spread them into ice trays and then freeze them. Take out cubes from the ice tray and use them in your cooking without the need for defrosting. You can also process them like onions by cutting them into slices.

Vegetables with high water content are not suitable for storing in the freezer directly. Leafy vegetables are very inconvenient to store as they turn out mushy. 

For freezing corn, remove the husks, and only the kernels can be blanched for and stored. You can also similarly keep peas in the freezer. You can cut and remove the core of the tomatoes and store them in the freezer. Moreover, you can boil and turn the tomatoes into a puree.

How to Freeze Fruits?

How to Freeze Fruits

There are so many various ways you can freeze most of your fruits, even the tropical ones too. Enjoy your summer fruits in winter or vice-versa without intaking any chemicals or preservatives. You can keep your favourite fruits for almost a year in the freezer. 

Processing Fruits

Start by selecting fresh fruits. Wash them clean and if there is any damaged or overripe fruit separate them. Cut out the stems or leaves and slice your fruits in half or preferable sizes. Spread them in baking sheets and freeze them until they ice. Transfer the fruits into ziplock or airtight containers. Make sure there is very little no air as air may change the fruits’ colour or flavour.

Freezing Bananas

Fruits like bananas can be peeled and stored in pieces or slices. Banana peels turn mushy and get discoloured when frozen. So do not keep bananas with its peel.

Freezing Apple, Peaches, Apricots

Fruits like apple, peaches and apricots get brown, to keep their colour intact tend the sliced pieces of this fruit with diluted ascorbic acid. You can mix 2-3 tablespoon of 3 spoons of water, brush the fruits with the water-acid mixture. Freeze them similarly first by spreading them on a tray and then packing them in the air-locked package.

Turn Fruits into Smoothie

Turning the fruits into a thick smoothie and storing them in plastic jars can also save the fruits a long way in the freezer.

Freezing Fruits with Sugar Syrup

Freezing fruits dipped in sugar syrup is a handy method. Sugar syrup keeps the colour and texture of the fruits intact, and it tastes great too.

How to Freeze Dairy Products and Eggs?

How to Freeze Dairy Products and Eggs

Dairy products can be frozen better than any other food, but they can be stored only for six months or less. 

Milk that is pasteurised and is in 1 ltr cartoon can directly be kept in the freezer. Milk tends to separate in layers. Thaw the milk and boil it before consuming. Pure milk should be boiled and slightly thickened. Then it should be cooled down to room temperature and separate into the container. When sealing the containers, make sure they are not full. Leave at least 2cm of the container empty. This is because when the liquid expands, they start to freeze. The container may explode if there is not enough space.

You can keep milk in the ice tray and use milk cubes directly for milkshakes or iced coffee without defrosting them. In addition, you can freeze yoghurt in small boxes at most for months. The flavour might vary slightly, but if you are using it to prepare dishes and have it with salads, you will not notice any changes. Stir the yoghurt well after defrosting it as the water comes apart.

Cheese crumbles down after freezing, which you can eat with salads. It’s also convenient to grate cheese like mozzarella and cheddar and keep them in suitable portions inside boxes. Thaw them slightly before using it as pizza toppings and or in cooking pasta.

You can store butter for more than four months in a plastic wrapper or aluminium foil. Do not refreeze unsalted butter. Salted butter can be thawed and used at your convenience.

Unwhipped creams are not very suitable for freezing. Whipped cream can be divided into small lumps and must be wrapped in wax paper.

Do not directly put eggs into the freezer. They might explode. You can crack them and freeze them in a muffin tin. Once frozen shift into another container if you want. You can also scramble the egg lightly with a spoon so that it doesn’t trap any air bubbles. Adding salt or sugar to the egg stops it from being too thick when it is defrosted.

How to Freeze Cooked or Ready to Cook Meals?

How to Freeze Cooked or Ready to Cook Meals

Do not worry if you have cooked too much food. You can always store them in the freezer and relish the food when craving hits. 

How to Freeze Dry Foods?

How to Freeze Dry Foods​

You can store dry foods and save being contaminated or affected by insects by keeping them in the freezer. 

You can plan your meals ahead of time and store them in your freezer, saving yourself lots of trips to the shops. Eating proper food and maintaining the diets and nutrition your body intakes is a healthy lifestyle choice. To get interesting insight and educate yourself about foods grab a look on our course Diet and Nutrition.

Some Important Tips on Freezing Food

Simply keep these in mind while you are going to process food to keep in the freezer.

You can plan your meals ahead of time and store them in your freezer, saving yourself lots of trips to the shops. Eating proper food and maintaining the diets and nutrition your body intakes is a healthy lifestyle choice. To get interesting insight and educate yourself about foods grab a look on our course Diet and Nutrition.

Freezer Management

Using the freezer in the right way is an essential part of frozen food preservation. Check out how you can regulate your freezer.

Food Freezing Myths

There are lots of myths surrounding freezing foods. Let me burst it for you so that next time you store something you can do it without any doubt

There you are all set to prepare your food for freezing them. 

Closing Remarks

It might seem like lots of work and process. But the benefits of food freezing is really fruitful. Not only does it save your time in the future, you also do not have to worry about spoiling or wasting food, maintaining proper meals every day is very easy. With self processed food you can easily avoid junk foods and leave a healthier life. 

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