Knowing some unusual foods you can freeze, either cooked or raw, can avoid leftovers and decrease waste.
You may not know, but your freezer is the perfect place to store many foods and even drinks that until now you would’ve placed only in the refrigerator or you would have thrown in the trash after the deadline.
To prevent food waste and free up space in the refrigerator, the freezer will be of great help to stock at least 10 types of common foods.
Here they are:
Wine. Virtually none knows that the open wine can be stored in the freezer for about 6 months. A really ingenious way to freeze it and have it always at hand both on the table and in the kitchen is to make it into wine (ice) cubes.
Raw brown rice. Perhaps you haven’t even thought about it, but brown rice (raw) has much higher oil content than white rice, making it less resistant to the test of time. To keep it fresh you could put it in the freezer and preserve for several months.
Pasta with tomato sauce. You read that right: the pasta with tomato can become a ready to go meal you can keep in the freezer just in case. Use plain and simple freezer bags in divide your dough into equal portions, you can keep them in for over 3 months.
Butter. It usually has 6 months of storage in the freezer, you can easily freeze it in its original packaging or in singe serving wrapped packages making it always ready-to-use.
Milk. Even a food considered as delicate as milk can be put in the freezer for about 3 months. To freeze use vacuum sealed boxes or bags, don’t worry if the consistency becomes slightly grainy.
Nuts. Almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans are among the foods you can freeze, since they all easily detoriate easily due to the high oil content. Kept at low temperature, dried fruit and nuts remain tasty and fresh for at least 3 months.
Fresh herbs. Parsley, rosemary, basil, sage, thyme and majoram can survive for about 6 months if kept in the freezer, preserving their characteristics and their aroma. The best way to keep them in the freezer is to crumble them up and mix them with a bit of water to make aromatic ice cubes, ready to use in your favorite recipes when you might not have access to fresh ones.
Bread. Before it becomes dried out and hardens up, bread can be frozen and stored in the freezer for at least 3 months. Divide it in bags, sliced up and unfreeze it just a couple of minutes before you sit on the table.
Eggs. Even eggs can be stored in the freezer for about a year. Freeze them mixed in plastic bags with some salt and spice for savory preparations, or with sugar and spices for sweet ones.
Jam. You know those jam hars lying in the fridge waiting to be spread, but you just don’t seem to find the right time? Well, if you’ve opened a jar but nobody’s using it the contents might end up catching mold and eventually in the trash. But you could always put it in the freezer and preserve it there for over a year. You can freeze it in ice trays in order have small doses ready for use.
Take advantage of this new tricks to avoid wasting leftovers and throwing away half the stuff you purchased.
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