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You Can Freeze Almost Anything

May 23, 2020
Foods That You Can Freeze
In the previous blog, we looked at what you can't freeze; which is a really short list. Now for the long list of foods that you can freeze.
Bean pastes,                          Beans,                                           Bread
Bread dough,                         Breadcrumbs,                              Burritos
Butter,                                    Cakes, without icing,                   Casseroles
Cheese curds,                        Cheeses, hard,                            Coffee, ground/beans
Canned goods, out of can,                                                        Condiments 
Cookie dough,                       Cookies, without cream,           Cottage Cheese
Doughnuts, unglazed,          Fish, raw/cooked,                       Flours
Goat's cheese,                       Granola                                        Herbs, Spices,                                                          Honey,                                    Hummus,                                     Jams, Jellies,                                                    Juices Meals, cooked            Meats, raw/cooked,                   Milk, Buttermilk,                                        Muffins,                                  Nut butters,                                 Nuts,                                                                  Oils,                                         Pancakes,                                    Pasta, cooked in sauce,                            Pastries, without cream,                                                           Pastry sheets, raw,                                      Peanut butter,                       Pie shells,                                    Pies, cooked,                                                    Pizza, raw/cooked,                Quiches, cooked                        Quick breads,                                                        Rice, cooked,                         Sandwiches, with nut butters                                                                        Sauces, with flour/cornstarch                                                    Scones                                                              Seafood, raw/cooked Seeds Soups                                          Stews,                                                            Stocks,                                       Tea,                                             Tomato paste,                                            Vegetables, blanched,             Whipped cream, sweetened                                                                            Yogurt 
There are some foods that can be frozen, but they go through texture changes. Read my blog Foods Not To Freeze for more information on those foods like eggs and soft cheeses. Also, you can freeze salad greens, but they will go mushy, so you will only want to use them in cooked foods or smoothies.

Tips For Freezing Liquids
Liquids, like juice and milk, need to be removed from their container, if they don’t have sufficient space at the top for the liquid to expand when freezing.
Other foods, like hummus and cheese can be frozen in their original packaging. Eggs need to be shelled and put in a container before freezing.
Tips For Freezing Vegetables
Blanching vegetables before freezing means they will have a firmer texture upon thawing. Blanched vegetables do not become as soggy in the freezing process. They will still be somewhat softer than if they had not been frozen, but without blanching vegetables go completely soft when they are frozen.
Why Freeze All These Foods?
You can buy in bulk, which saves money. You can keep foods fresher longer and you can freeze foods that might spoil before you can use then. Freezing foods saves you money and cuts your food waste.
Some of the foods listed above, are shelf stable foods like oil, coffee, flour, bread. Why would you want to freeze these foods? Freezing will prolong their shelf life and not affect the quality of the food. That way you can buy a 20 kg bag of flour or larger packs of bread, as examples, which will save you money and you can keep the food fresh in the freezer.
Freeze Foods When They Are Still Good
Freezing foods does not kill any bacteria in the food. Freezing just stops the bacteria from growing. That is why it is important to freeze foods when they are still of good quality and safe so that they come out of the freezer still in good quality and safe.
Food that has gone bad should not be frozen. It will still be bad when it comes out of the freezer.
Preparing Food For The Freezer
When you freeze foods, wrap them tightly with good quality flexible plastic wrap or use freezer bags or put them in airtight containers. Protecting your foods from freezer burn is important to keep their quality. Freezer burn is a fancy name for foods drying out and losing their quality over time in the freezer.
Label And Date Your Foods
Label and date the items. It is easy to forget what’s inside and how long it’s been there. Plus once a food is frozen, it is hard to see what it looks like. When you take items out of the freezer condensation starts and you can't see through the packaging.
Tip Summary
1. Freeze foods when they are still good and fresh.
2. Leave space at the top of containers with liquids.
3. Wrap foods very well for freezing or use air tight containers.
4. Label and date everything.
5. Don’t freeze food that is bad unless it is going to waste.
6. Blanching vegetables to reduce the mushiness after thawing.
7. Raw vegetables/salad greens/raw fruits can be used in cooked meals and smoothies.
8. Consult the list of foods you can freeze.
9. By freezing foods helps you save money and cut your food waste.  

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