March 14, 2020

What are some foods you didn’t think you can freeze?

A freezer drawer | Foods You Can Freeze

Those of you who follow me on social media know I am the queen of the freezer. I cook a lot of stews and soups and freeze them for later. I also bought half a hog and have a garden that is prolific. I have a household of two people, so you can imagine all this cooking, plus eating out three times a week for my job leads to LOTS of freezer food. Which I either get around to eating or give away. This February, I went the entire month only eating out of my freezer.

All this freezer eating and storing makes me uniquely qualified to share some food you can freeze that you may not know can be frozen. As we enter uncharted territory in the United States due to Coronavirus, you may be considering buying 14 days worth of groceries. Buying and freezing foods is much easier than you may know.

Here is my list of “did you know” food you can freeze.

Food You Can Freeze

Crack the egg into freezer trays or muffin tins. Freeze. Loosen under warm water and pop the “egg cubes” into a Ziploc bag for future use. These eggs, when thawed, act just like an egg out of the shell and can be used to make omelets, frittatas, or can be used in baking.

Halve the fruit and place each half in a Ziploc bag or Mash fruit. The consistency when thawed is a bit mushy, thus perfect for dips or guacamole.

Butter can be frozen right in its package. You can thaw it for later use or grate the frozen sticks for use in baking.

Grated cheese is easy to thaw in Ziploc bags. Portion into one- or two-cup servings for convenience. Note that block cheese tends to be crumbly when thawed, so its best to grate in advance.

Cream Cheese:
Cream cheese can quickly be frozen for use in baking a cheesecake, making casseroles or cookies and bars. Note that when thawed, the texture will change a bit, so don’t plan on a smooth consistency that you could spread on a bagel.

Dairy cream can be frozen and thawed for coffee or use in soups or baked goods. Note that the consistency will change, so when thawed you cannot whip this cream into whipped cream.

Herbs are quickly frozen. Chives, thyme, rosemary, parsley, cilantro, can all be chopped and added to an ice cube tray with water or covered in olive oil. Once frozen, pop out the herb cubes and add to soups, dressings, eggs, beans, or bread.

Hummus can be made at home and easily refrigerated or you can scoop store-bought hummus into containers and top with a layer of olive oil. To thaw the hummus, let it sit in the refrigerator for a day and mix it with the olive oil.

Juice and freeze citrus in ice cube trays. Thaw and use it for lemonade, lemon curd, or puddings.

Wrap your nuts in plastic or store in a plastic container. Freeze.

Tomato Paste:
Nobody uses an entire can of tomato paste in a recipe. Take the remaining paste by the tablespoon and scoop onto parchment paper and freeze. Add the frozen tablespoons of tomato paste to the Ziploc bags.

Not sure why you would need to use frozen flour, but … you can freeze flour and use it right from the freezer.