The freezer is an amazing tool that we don’t use enough. Most of us use it to hold our ice cream, popsicles, ice, and other foods we get from the frozen food aisles. But you can use your freezer to store countless meals and fresh produce, too! Freezing is an excellent way to maintain an item’s nutrition and integrity while helping you save a few bucks and stay away from credit problems. Here is a list of items that freeze well for later enjoyment.
- Leftover rice. Let it cool in the fridge overnight, but then you can put into zipper bags and freeze by serving.
- Tomato sauce. Make too much sauce? Don’t throw it out or leave it in the fridge to be left in the back and forgotten – you can pour it into a zipper bag and freeze. Freeze it as flat as possible to make storage easier.
- Meat. Many of us stock up on meat sales, only to find ourselves near the expiration date and with more meat than we can cook. Wrap the meat in plastic wrap and freeze with as little air as possible in the bag to prevent freezer burn.
- Fresh berries. Cherries, strawberries, and raspberries freeze perfectly for smoothies or dessert applications, like pies or sauces.
- Bananas. Try making banana ice cream, or using a frozen banana to make a smoothie.
- Soups. Any soup will freeze well in a zipper bag. You can parse it out into separate servings for easy consumption later on.
- Broth. Everyone’s opened up a box of broth, only to need a few splashes or a cup. The rest of it will go bad quickly, so pour it into a zipper bag and freeze it. You can even freeze flavorful broth in ice cube trays, and use them for cooking later.
Do you have any freezer tips? Let us know in the comments below!
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