Though there is a lot of food that has to be consumed fresh like certain herbs, fruits, and vegetables, there are some kinds of food that you can easily freeze and consume at a later time, without falling sick. Yes! Freezing food will not only save you time but will also save the money you would otherwise spend on buying new groceries. Before freezing food, mention the date on which you are putting the food into the freezer. Doing so will help you keep a record of how long the food has been kept in the freezer.
By understanding what foods you can freeze, you will not feel guilty or sad about wasting food.
A glass of fresh milk is always a great way to start your day. Milk can also be frozen, especially if you are getting a special discount on milk cartons at your neighborhood grocery store. Frozen milk stays good for weeks. Ensure you label the milk and shake it well before using it-be it for tea or for cereal.
If you have bought a huge pack of pasta because of the great price deal you got on it, but want to use only a small amount of the pasta for dinner; then you can put the remaining pasta into your freezer. Before putting it in the freezer, wrap the pasta in butter paper/parchment paper and put into a ziplock bag. Preheat the frozen pasta before cooking it or using it for a broth.
If you have bought various packets of nuts, empty the nuts into an airtight container and store the container in the freezer. Use the nuts as and when required. Nuts might go rancid if kept outside as they have a very high-fat content. Hence, freezing them helps to increases the shelf life of nuts.
Bread is a staple food can be preserved for a few days by putting it in the freezer. Freezing bread is a very good idea. For example, if you fall sick and are unable to cook, you can just take the bread out of the freezer and make a sandwich for yourself. You can toast the bread and add a spread of your choice as well.
5) Tomato Paste
Tomato paste and tomato puree form the very foundation of Indian cuisine. You just need to add a spoon of tomato paste to make a simple curry or a vegetable. As a result of this, the remaining tomato paste/puree may go to waste. Instead of throwing your tomato paste away, simply freeze the paste in a container or in an ice cube tray. When you have to cook, just thaw 2-3 tomato paste cubes and you are good to go.
White flour and wheat flour, both of which have a high oil content, can also be stored in the freezer for months. Ensure that you put both the flours into airtight containers before putting them in the freezer.
7) Brown Rice
Brown rice takes a lot of time to cook. So you can cook the amount of rice you need and then freeze the rest in an airtight container. Brown rice can be frozen for months. You can easily use the frozen, half-cooked brown rice as and when required. By doing so, you will be able to save a lot of time as well. You can also do the same with white rice.
Eggs stay well in the freezer for months! You can store them as a whole or you can separate the yolks from the whites and store them in separate containers. Add a pinch of salt to the yolk to prevent it from becoming gluey. You can even beat the eggs, blend them and then freeze them. Not only will this help you save time, but it will also help you during those days when you have to use only a small amount of beaten egg for a dish!
9) Herbs and Spices
Fresh herbs can heighten the flavor of any dish that they are added to. Since herbs are mainly used to add flavor to a dish, only a small amount of herbs needs to be added to the dish. So what about the leftover herbs? After using the required amount of herbs, freeze the remaining herbs in an airtight zipper bag. The same goes for spices like ginger and garlic. When you need only a spoon of ginger and garlic, the remaining ginger and garlic can easily be frozen. This is both time-saving and cost-effective for you!
Some other foods that can be frozen as well include:
- Baked goods like brownies, unfrosted cake, biscuits, fruit cake, muffins.
- Pizza dough, cookie dough, bread dough and cake batter.
- Meat and seafood such as chicken, fish, crab, pork, and bacon.
- Dairy products such as cheese and butter.
- Fruits and vegetables like mangoes, mushrooms, broccoli, beets, pineapple chunks, and peas.
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