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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 recipes!

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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  1. I freeze everything ! My husband and friends tease me about it but I always have fruit for smoothies and I make sorbet from strawberries and cherries. Freezing stuff allows me to save by buying fruit and veggies when on sale. I also freeze baked goods, mac and cheese, butter and other meals like chili and soups.

  2. I freeze flour, cake mixes, etc. You will never get weevils. Cherries frozen on a cookie sheet and then put in sandwich bags and kept in the freezer are an amazing summer treat. I also buy a gallon of whole milk and ddivide it half. We never run out of milk, or have it go bad.

  3. I freeze hot dogs in their original packaging, Roasts in freezer wrap, I prepare hamburger patties and put freezer wrap between each one and then in a freezer bag for future quicker grilling, I slice bell peppers (all colors) and onions so when I need stir fry I just grab a bag of it out of the freezer. Almond bark, chocolate chips. I also debone leftover chicken and freeze it for a casserole or box dinner later on. :)

    1. Oh…and freeze all types of broth from boiled chicken, crock pot roast. Double bag it and you’ll have your broth for soup later on.

  4. I freeze a lot of food, when there is room. We only have the freezer side of our refrigerator, so I have to be a bit choosy about what I will freeze. I know I can freeze milk, bu what about cream or buttermilk? These are 2 products that I use, but not real often. Will whipping cream separate, and not whip well?

  5. Baby food, if you make homemade freeze in ice trays and then store in Tupperware for two months just microwave two ice cubes or more for less then min and serve.

  6. I freeze everything too. Have two kids under 4, that want spaghetti (dinner uses 1/20th of a jar of sauce), so I freeze ragu in ice cube trays, then double bag sauce…lots of times 4 cubes is all I need for dinner. Also do jarred alfredo, & leftover crockpot sauces (like angel chicken sauce), chicken stock, celery, and blanched carrots. Breadwise I do regular bread..buns never do well for me, mini cupcakes, loaf breads, pizza shop breadsticks, and my surprises were freezing leftover pre packaged doughs (croissants, pizza crusts, biscuits). The doughs were a thing I googles first…but they seem to do well and keep shape after cooking.

    1. Do you mean you freeze Pillsbury crescents etc uncooked?? WOW!! What a wonderful revelation that is for me! Thank you for sharing Laura!

  7. I also freeze bananas, but I slice them and put them in individual snack baggies when they begin to get too ripe. We eat them as a snack. They are smooth and creamy like ice cream, but so much better for you. You can also take the frozen chunks and blend with nuts and chocolate chips for a tastier treat! We also freeze grapes. They are fabulous frozen. They remind you of little popsicles. Great in cold drinks in the summer and for cooling down without sugary treats.

  8. I’m not sure if this is a surprise or not, but I freeze onions. It’s just my husband and I, so a whole bag of onions goes bad before we can use them, so I just chop them, double bag them, and throw them in the freezer. Then they are already chopped too! I always double bag them, otherwise my freezer smells like onions…

  9. I always freeze bell peppers. I slice them up and put in a freezer bag and pull them out as needed as they do not keep too long in the refrigerator.

  10. I freeze EVERYTHING! There is so much more that you can freeze!! Ive been doing cheese and butter forever…I even freeze stuff like cabbage (just blanch it first) You can do almost any fruit they are great to use for smoothies and homemade icecream! We always had a big garden so i froze a ton of stuff so we could have our fresh veggies all year round (the only thing so far that I DIDNT like after I froze it was Patty Pan Squash!)

  11. Hi Holly; You can freeze green tomatoes, and corn on the cob.
    With the tomatoes, all you have to do is wrap them with foil, place them in a paper sack, that is tightly closed. All you have to do, is a couple of days before you’re going to use them, take them out of the freezer. Set them in a sunny window. They will ripen in a few days. Use is sauces, etc.
    As far as corn on the cob, make sure the husks (corn’s leaves) are tight. Place them in a paper sack, and put them in the freezer. Take out what you’re going to need, the day you’re going to use them. Put them in a pot of water, and boil. It will take a little while longer, due to them being frozen. The husks protect the corn.

  12. I freeze potato salad and homemade (baked) macaroni and cheese. When you go to bake the macaroni on the day you are ready to serve it, pour about a 1/2 cup of milk on top and put it in the oven. Cooks up just like you prepared it today!!!!

  13. I drink iced coffee at home and my hot left over coffee. i put in ice cube trays, and freeze. I put them in iced coffee and it never waters them down makes a great coffee …

  14. SANDWICH MEATS!!!!!! for real! if you buy a pound or more you can freeze half what ever you can use for the following week.

    1. I’ve found if you freeze sandwich meat when thawed, there’s so much water in it, you almost have to wring it out. I wouldn’t eat it!