Long list of how to freeze things, from Good Housekeeping

Long list of how to freeze things, from Good Housekeeping

Clip and Save: How to FREEZE ANYTHING Samantha Cassetty and Catherine Lo Sure, ice cream, frozen veggies and TV dinners belong in the freezer. But you can store almost any fresh food there, too – from sale items you stock up on to perishables you’d rather not throw out before your family goes on vacation. Three tips: 1) To avoid freezer burn, leave as little extra air in the bag or container as possible 2) If you take a defrosting shortcut, like zapping edibles in the microwave instead of thawing them in the fridge, fully cook the food before refreezing. 3) Alternatively, if you change your mind/plan and want to refreeze new food, you can do so if it’s only partially thawed, still firm in the center, and contains ice crystals. Use it as soon as possible to minimize loss of quality. FRUIT Juices In the fridge –opened 7-10 days, unopened 3 weeks In freezer – 8-12 months How to store in freezer- Pour some off to leave room for expansion, reseal with masking tape. Shake after thawing. Bananas (ripe) In the fridge – 2 weeks In freezer – 8-12 months How to store in freezer- In peel, in freezer bag (peel may discolor) Blackberries and raspberries In the fridge- 2-3 days In the freezer- 8-12 months How to store in freezer- Spread on tray and freeze until firm; then store in a sealed container or freezer bag Blueberries In fridge – 10 days In freezer - 8-12months How to store in freezer- In original container, placed in freezer bag Cranberries In fridge- 4 weeks In freezer -8-12 months How to store in freezer- in original bag (if unopened) or freezer bag Grapes In fridge- 1-2 weeks In freezer- 8-12 months How to store in freezer - Remove grapes from stems. Spread on tray and freeze until firm; then store in a sealed container or freezer bag GRAINS Breads and Rolls, yeast In fridge- No (refrigeration makes bread go stale quickly) In freezer- 3-6 months How to store in freezer- in freezer bag Breads, Quick (such as banana bread, pancakes, or biscuits) In fridge- No (refrigeration makes bread go stale quickly) In freezer- 2-3months How to store in freezer- in freezer bag VEGETABLES To blanch vegetables, cook them in rapidly boiled water for recommended time. Then cool quickly in ice water bath and drain well. This slows or stops the action of enzymes that can cause loss of flavor, color, and texture. Cook frozen vegetables without thawing. Broccoli and Cauliflower (trimmed and cut into 1 ½ in pieces) In fridge – 3-5 days In freezer – Blanched for 3 minutes, 8-12 months How to store in freezer – In freezer bag Cabbage (shredded or cut into thin wedges; for cooked dishes only) In fridge – 1 week In freezer - Blanched for 1 ½ minutes, 8-12 months How to store in freezer – In freezer bag Carrots (cut into ¼ in cubes) In fridge – 2 weeks In freezer - Blanched for 2 minutes, 8 to 12 months How to store in freezer – In freezer bag Corn (off the cob) In fridge –1-2 days In freezer – Blanched for 3 minutes, 8-12 months How to store in freezer – In freezer bag Green beans (trimmed) In fridge – 1 week In freezer – Blanched for 3 minutes, 8-12 months How to store in freezer – In freezer bag Potatoes, small (peeled) In fridge – No (they discolor and change flavor) In freezer - Blanched for 3 to 5 minutes, 8-12 months How to store in freezer – In freezer bag MEAT Steaks In fridge – 3-5 days In freezer – 10-12 months How to store in freezer – In freezer bag Chops In fridge – 3-5 days In freezer – 4-6 months How to store in freezer – In freezer bag Roasts In fridge – 3-5 days In freezer – 10-12 months How to store in freezer – In freezer bag Ground In fridge – 1-2 days In freezer – 3-4 months How to store in freezer – In freezer bag Raw sausages In fridge – 1-2 days In freezer – 1-2 months How to store in freezer – In freezer bag Hot Dogs and Fully Cooked Sausages In fridge - Opened, 1 week. Unopened, 2 weeks In freezer – 1-2 months (opened or unopened) How to store in freezer – in original packing, placed In freezer bag Bacon- In fridge – 7 days In freezer – 1 month (open or unopened) How to store in freezer – in original packaging, In freezer bag Lunch meats In fridge – opened, 3-5 days, unopened 2 weeks In freezer – 1-2 months (opened or unopened) How to store in freezer –in original packaging, In freezer bag FISH Lean (such as cod, sole, flounder) In fridge – 1-2 days In freezer – 3-6 months How to store in freezer – In freezer bag Oily (such as salmon) In fridge – 1-2 days In freezer – 3-6 months How to store in freezer – In freezer bag Shellfish (such as shrimp, shucked oysters, scallops, mussels, clams) In fridge – 1-2 days In freezer – 3 months How to store in freezer – In freezer bag POULTRY Whole In fridge – 1-2 days In freezer – 1 year How to store in freezer – In freezer bag Pieces In fridge – 1-2 days In freezer – 9 months How to store in freezer – In freezer bag Ground In fridge – 1-2 days In freezer – 3-4 months How to store in freezer – In freezer bag Raw Sausages In fridge – 1-2 days In freezer – 1-2 months How to store in freezer – In freezer bag DAIRY Grated cheeses In fridge – 1 months In freezer – 3-4 months How to store in freezer – In freezer bag Blocks of Hard Cheese (such as Cheddar, Swiss, and Parmesan) In fridge –opened 3-4 weeks, unopened, 6 months In freezer – 6 months How to store in freezer –Cut into smaller portions, each portion tightly wrapped in plastic wrap, then placed In freezer bag Soft Cheeses (such as Brie, not cream or cottage cheese) In fridge – 2 weeks In freezer – 6 months How to store in freezer – Cut into smaller portions, each portion tightly wrapped in plastic wrap, then placed In freezer bag. Butter In fridge – 2-3 months In freezer – 6-9 months How to store in freezer – For a month or less, in original packaging. For longer term, In freezer bag Egg whites or beaten eggs; egg yolks In fridge – 2-4 days In freezer – 1 year (for egg yolks, mix with 1 ½ tsp. sugar or 1/8 tsp salt per ¼ cup, so yolk don’t become gelatinous) How to store in freezer –In sealed container closest in volume to amount you’re storing; label with number of eggs inside Milk In fridge – 7 days In freezer – 3months How to store in freezer – Pour some off to leave room for expansion, reseal with masking tape. Shake after thawing. ----- Feel free to comment and leave your own suggestions and talk about it if you’ve done the same. Personally, I think some of the freezing things are a little odd, like the butter, for example where it’s good in the fridge for 2-3 months, but if you want to freeze it for a month or less, place it in the original packaging. I also think you could get the most out of this with a large, separate freezer, the one on top of the fridge that we have doesn’t fit too much. At least I don’t think it could fit a gallon of milk and juice along with the meat and vegetables we have in there. There were other articles, but I thought this was the most useful, and I don't want to copy too much. I just hope my citation is okay. There was also nothing in the article about testing the longevity of the items. I know we had food in our old fridge that would be in there longer than the times given above and we still ate it. Now the family fridge is a little smaller so we usually eat the food fairly quickly. (My dad always eats the lunch meats as a midnight snack, so the idea of them lasting longer than 3 days is incredible.) EDIT: Fridge temperature should be at or below 40 F. Freezer should be at or below 0 F.
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