Freezing Food: Your Guide To Freezing Herbs, Cheese, Milk and More!
Besides clipping coupons and shopping the sales, there are other ways to save on groceries. One of those ways is by buying items on sale (try to combine coupons and sales for maximum savings) and then freezing the excess!
But not everything can be frozen and some things require a different process so they freeze properly. Follow this Freezing Guide to find out everything you need to know!
Herbs are some of the easiest things to freeze. Simply take scissors and snip your herbs. Then place in a Ziploc bag, label it and freeze for up to a year. Herbs that freeze well are basil, dill, parsley, cilantro and chives.
Milk can be frozen and you should really stock up when it is on sale because the milk prices just seem to be going up. Cartons of milk can freeze just as they are. If you have gallons of milk, simply take a little bit out so there is at least 1 ½ inches of head space, replace the cap, then freeze. It can take a day or two for the milk to thaw in the refrigerator, so keep that in mind. Also, shake well before drinking it to replace the fat that was separated. Milk can be stored in the freezer for three months.
To freeze cheese, simply place shredded cheese into Ziploc bags and place in the freezer. I like to buy the blocks and shred it myself using a handy food processor (much cheaper than buying the bags of pre-shredded cheese.) If you want to freeze blocks of cheese, keep it in the original wrapper, then wrap it in foil and then insert it into a Ziploc bag. But to prevent it from crumbling when you defrost it, follow Mrs. Tips advice.
Butter is very simple to freeze. Simply throw it in the freezer in its original packaging and thaw it out in the refrigerator. However, it does have a tendency to pick up the flavors from nearby food, so you might want to also wrap it in aluminum foil.
Bread and other similar products can be frozen as well. Some grocery stores will give away their freshly baked bread the next day. I will grab these and throw them in the freezer wrapped in foil or in a plastic bag. You can also freeze stale bread to use as croutons or for a filler for meatloaf by pulsing it in a food processor or Ninja blender. Then place it in a Ziploc bag. Breads can be frozen for up to a year.
Many fruits can be frozen, but you can’t prepare them all for the freezer in the same way. Eating Well has an excellent guide on how to properly freeze fruit.
Most vegetables can be frozen, so don’t worry if you end up with a huge harvest from your garden or if you find a great sale in the produce aisle! Just like fruits, different veggies need to be prepared for the freezer in different ways. Garden Guides has a very comprehensive guide on how to do that.
Other Things To Freeze
You can also freeze broths and soups by placing the liquid in ice cube trays. Once they are frozen, place the cubes in a Ziploc bag and write what it is along with the date.
Freezing food can save you a lot of money.
If you don’t already have a separate freezer (one that isn’t attached to your refrigerator,) then consider purchasing one. It doesn’t have to be huge or fancy, just a basic one will do. You can get a great deal by looking for them in the classifieds or at garage sales. It is completely worth it!