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Everyone uses their freezes for the usual: meats, ice cream, ice cubes, and frozen veggies. But there are lots of things you can store in the freezer to extend their life. So don’t be afraid to buy these things in bulk! We’re going to need bigger freezers!
If you have some other great freezer tips, feel free to share them with us in the comments below!
If you do a lot of freezing, I’d highly recommend a vacuum sealer! I found one on Amazon made by Rival (which is a great brand!) and it’s on sale right now for ONLY $29.99 plus free shipping (reg. $79.99)! It’s a great way to preserve your frozen goods and to be able to stock up on things like meat when there is a sale!
Milk: What? Milk? Not kidding! Milk holds up super well in the freezer. But keep in mind that milk will expand frozen, so make sure to remove a cup or so out of the bottle first. (I freeze any milk we have before we go on holidays so it doesn’t spoil).
Cheese: By the giant bricks of it, if you have the freezer space! Cheese can become crumbly once frozen so it’s easiest to shred it first and then freeze it! No need to defrost frozen cheese first! (More tips on storing cheese here)
Root Ginger: You don’t need much ginger for a lot of flavor; I’m so glad you can save the rest in the freezer! I take it directly out of the freezer and use a cheese grater to get the right amount… and you don’t need to peel it.
Herbs: Any kind of fresh herb can last longer in the freezer. Freeze them as is, or pop them in an ice cube tray filled with water or olive oil!
Leftovers: In the fridge, that Chinese takeout or the rice medley from last night will only last a few days. In the freezer, it can last a few weeks!
Baked Goods: Those millions of Christmas cookies and Thanksgiving pies will last a long time in the freezer, up to a year! Even better, get an early start… you can be done your baking months ahead!
Eggs: Once eggs are out of their shells, you can store them in the freezer. Add a little salt first!
Butter: Buy it when its on sale and freeze it; it will last about six months.
Nuts: Will hold up almost forever in the freezer!
Bread: Bread gets moldy so fast. The freezer slows down the mold for up to three months.
Wine: Keeps it fresh for weeks, or cooking wine for months!
Citrus Fruits: Any kind will do. Oranges, grapefruits, and lemons freeze great and will hold up for almost a year. Just remove the membranes and reserve any juices that drip out. Cover with juices (or light syrup) and freeze. You can also freeze just the juices (especially great with lemon and lime) to use in recipes! And I always freeze the rinds for everything from recipes to cleaning my garburator!
Maple Syrup: Only the good stuff (pancake syrup doesn’t freeze well).
A couple extra that have been shared by our readers:
Overripe Bananas: Peel them and keep in a ziploc bag in the freezer. When you’re ready to make banana bread simply defrost them in the microwave.
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