10 unexpected foods you can freeze: milk, coffee, flour, potatoes, and many more! Here is a list of the foods, both cooked and raw, that you can store in your home freezer without problems.
There are a lot of foods you can freeze: there are very few exceptions (best to avoid eggs, fried food, and vegetables containing a lot of water), and only a few rules to remember, for example, that you need to eat food within 12 months of freezing it.
Yes, you can put it in the freezer! Milk freezes in around 24 hours, but it should be poured into a bigger container, as it expands when it freezes, taking up more space. You should drink it within 2 months, leaving it to defrost slowly in the fridge.
There is always some coffee left over, isn’t there? Try pouring it into ice cube trays: you will end up with delicious cubes of coffee to use in an iced coffee, an impromptu syrup, or to cool down hot coffee.
Have you ever opened a bag of flour, used very little, and then been about to go on holiday? No problem: to avoid the risk of moths, put your flour in one or more freezer bags and put it in the freezer. To use it, just defrost in the fridge.
If you are lucky enough to have a vegetable garden, or if you found a good deal at the market, make sure your cherry tomato stockpile doesn’t go bad. You can freeze cherry tomatoes (Pachino, plum tomatoes, etc.) as they are, and they will remain tasty and flavourful. To defrost them, move them into the fridge or throw them straight into hot water.
If you have prepared too much, you can keep it raw in the freezer, wrapped in clingfilm: it will be ready for your next tart or tray or biscuits! Just put it in the fridge the day before.
Did you know? Butter can be frozen without problems: leave it whole or divide it into single portions to use in a moment of need. Just melt it straight in the pan, or in a microwave. An excellent solution for those who live alone or don’t use it much.
Raw potatoes shouldn’t be stored in a cold place, but after cooking they can be frozen. Peel them, cube them and parboil them for 5 minutes, then drain them and put them in freezer bags. They keep for up to 12 months, and chopped like this they will be ready to be used in all your recipes.
Vacuum-sealed jars keep for a long time in the cupboard, but what can you do with those already open and left in the fridge? Instead of waiting for them to go mouldy, close them well and put them in the freezer: jam will keep for a long time, up to 12 months.
Have you stocked up on olives and now you don’t know what to do with them? Freeze them, in bags or jars, and get them out when needed. If you use them to cook, you can add them directly without defrosting them first.
You can freeze both juices bought at the supermarket and juice squeezed at home. A great solution if you have too much in the fridge, or if you don’t want to throw away the oranges that have been sitting in the fruit bowl for weeks… just juice them!
After pre-dinner drinks at home or a buffet party, you might be left with a bowl still half-full of peanuts, mini-pretzels, or crisps. Did you know that you can freeze them? Divide them into little bags and put them in the freezer. They will still be tasty and crunchy months later.
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