Freezing Food – Foods That Freeze Well

Most meals will freeze very well.  Individual ingredients, on the other hand, are a different story.

Freezing foods can change texture, physical structure and flavour of some foods. Some are not freezer friendly at all and deteriorate almost to the point of being unusable after being frozen, thawed and heated.

Foods that DO Freeze Well

Meat, poultry and fish all can be frozen Raw meat is better for long storage because it doesn’t dry out or get freezer burn as fast as cooked meat.

Breads and baked goods are freezable. This includes cakes, pies, muffins, bagels, quick and yeast breads both as dough/batter or baked, cookies raw or baked and pizza crusts raw or baked.

Butter and margarine freeze very well.

Beans freeze well and can save you quite a bit of money if you buy dry beans then soak and cook them yourself instead of buying them canned.

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Raw vegetables with low water content  such as carrots, broccoli and beans, etc… These vegetables should be blanched first before freezing.  On serving day, be sure to cook from frozen and do not defrost first, as they would get soggy and lose flavour.

An exception to this list is potatoes. Do not freeze raw potatoes, as they will turn black and lose texture. However,   mashed potatoes do freeze okay

Pastas will become much soften after they are frozen and should only be cooked about three quarters of the recommended time. Also pastas frozen in liquid or sauce will absorb much of the sauce.

Rice can also freeze and cooking it ahead can save a ton of time.

Citrus zest but not citrus whole.  Unless you are planning to eat the citrus frozen, such as combined in a dessert

Cooked eggs that are scrambled or used in a recipe freeze well. Boiled eggs don’t do as well because the whites get rubbery.

Foods that DON’T Freeze Well

Raw vegetables with high water content  such as cucumbers, celery, lettuce, onions, peppers (especially green), tomatoes, radishes, sprouts and salad greens.  These foods become very soggy, once defrost.  It’s not recommended especially if you are thinking that you want to defrost and eat them raw again.  Sometimes, they work okay if you want to use the item to cook in something, such as tomatoes for tomato sauce

Fruit such as apples, grapefruit, grapes (unless you’re planning on eating them frozen), lemons, limes, oranges, watermelon

Herbs (if frozen alone in sprigs): Basil, chives, parsley, other soft herbs

Spices may become bitter when frozen including pepper, cloves, garlic, green pepper, imitation vanilla, and onions. Paprika and celery also taste different after being frozen.

Milk can be frozen but tends to separate and become watery after being frozen.

Cheese blocks and slices of cheese, along with soft cheese like cottage cheese, cream cheese and  brie do not freeze well. Shredded hard cheese, such as mozzarella and cheddar freeze well

Mayonnaise recipes that include mayo such as dips, egg salads, casseroles with mayo.  The mayo separates and the texture is compromised.

Raw eggs in shells are not recommended, as eggshells can crack easily, and even if the shells remain intact, the consistency of egg yolks makes them difficult to use for anything other than hard-boiling.

What food items do you freeze successfully and how do you do it?

Meal Planning with Google Calendar

Meal planning takes a bit of upfront organizing and time; however, the benefits definitely make it worth your while.  Benefits include: saving money, spending less time in the grocery store, saving time, eat healthier, waste less food and more time at dinner time.

Google Calendar is a free and easy tool to use.  Check out this video on how to make this tool work for you when meal planning:

Meals to Make Ahead

Homemade meals on the table with ease and in a jiffy!

“Hey – what’s for dinner?” Is this a daily question that makes you cringe or want to curl up in a ball and cry? You peek in the fridge and there is nothing appetizing nor anything that actually goes together to make an appetizing dinner.

Your typical answer is a trip to the nearby grocery store or better yet, a fast food drive thru… yes, you know you should a little more organized to deal with the “5pm grizzlies”, but getting organized or planning a meal is a whole different story. You’re caught in this vicious circle and you can’t seem to get out of it. Unchaining yourself from the immediate stressful dinner time demands seems virtually impossible.

Stop the last minute grocery store runs, eat nutritious, homemade meals and eliminate unhealthy and costly fast food pickups!

But how?

Meals to Make Ahead of Time

You’ve thought it might be good to have meals to make ahead of time – you know, cook  some dinners in advance, but the whole idea is overwhelming. Mustering up the time, energy and freezer space seems like too much of a challenge. And meal planning never seems to work out. It’s too hard to organize the time to plan and it’s not flexible enough.

What if the planning and organizing part was minimized to virtually a few minutes? What if you didn’t make ahead meals in their entirety, but just parts of them to give you that head start that you so desperately need? Or how about simply doubling or tripling the next meal you make and start to stock-pile your freezer?

This website is your make ahead meal resource. You will find many time saving tips and tricks, recipes and even how-to videos to get your meal times organized and on the table with ease!