Top 100 Food Items that Should be Frozen

Stop, don’t throw out that food! Many of the foods that we eat regularly can be frozen and saved for later consumption. A large part of preparing food for freezing is having a plan for how the food will be consumed in the future. Often, preparation such as chopping, blanching, peeling, portioning, separating or slicing may be required before freezing. Additionally, many foods once thawed need to be consumed within a certain timeframe, and to be prepared a certain way. These steps will only make things easier when it’s time for consumption, and will preserve the quality and taste of the food. Here are a few tips to get started:

Basic Food Freezing Tips

  • Store food in air-tight containers
  • Leave room for liquids to expand
  • Store meals in serving sizes
  • Allow hot foods to cool to room temperature before freezing
  • Store produce after it has been cleaned
  • If an item can be found in the frozen foods section, it can be frozen at home
  • Fruits like bananas and mangos should be peeled and chopped
  • Foods like pasta and rice are good if they are slightly undercooked when frozen
  • Many foods can be frozen when they are raw or cooked depending upon
  • Thawed leafy vegetables (spinach, lettuce, herbs, kale, cabbage) are best cooked or in smoothies, not salads
  • Lingering leftovers like cooked pasta sauce or ground meats can be frozen after a couple of days and added to future meals
  • Organization is key, so label and date items

This list is by no means exhaustive. However, if you are new to cooking and food preservation, this list is a great foundation. After a little research, you will find many details on how to freeze and prepare the foods most commonly used by your family. Whether you have a standalone freezer, or just the freezer compartment of your refrigerator, you can use either to save thousands of dollars per year and to serve healthy food.

What are your favorite foods to freeze?

1.    Bacon

2.     Bagels

3.     Bananas

4.     Beans

5.     Beef

6.     Biscuits

7.     Blackberries

8.     Blueberries

9.     Bread

10.  Bread Crumbs

11.  Breakfast Bars

12.  Breakfast Sandwiches

13.  Broccoli

14.  Broth

15.  Brownies

16.  Buns

17.  Burgers

18.  Burritos

19.  Butter/Margarine

20.  Buttermilk

21.  Cabbage

22.  Cake Frosting

23.  Candy

24.  Cantaloupe

25.  Carrots

26.  Cauliflower

27.  Celery

28.  Cereal

29.  Chicken

30.  Chicken Noodle Soup

31.  Chicken Nuggets

32.  Chili

33.  Cocoa Powder

34.  Coconut Milk

35.  Casseroles

36.  Cookie Dough

37.  Cookies

38.  Corn

39.  Cranberries

40.  Cream Cheese

41.  Cream of Wheat

42.  Croutons

43.  Dried Fruits

44.  Dry Milk

45.  Eggs

46.  Fish

47.  Flax Seed

48.  Flour

49.  French Toast

50.  Grapes

51.     Ground Meats

52.     Heavy Cream

53.     Hemp Seed

54.     Herbs

55.     Honeydew Melon

56.     Hot Dogs

57.     Kale

58.     Lasagna

59.     Greens for Blending or Cooking

60.  Lunch Meat

61.  Milk

62.  Nuts

63.  Oatmeal

64.  Onions

65.  Pancakes

66.  Pasta (al dente)

67.  Peaches

68.  Peas

69.  Peppers

70.  Pie

71.  Pie Dough

72.  Pineapple

73.  Pizza

74.  Pizza Dough

75.  Pureed Vegetables (Baby Food)

76.  Quesedillas

77.  Quiche

78.  Rice

79.  Sausage

80.  Seeds

81.  Shredded Cheese

82.  Shrimp

83.  Sliced Cheese

84.  Smoothie Mixes

85.  Snack foods

86.  Spices

87.  Spinach

88.  Squash

89.  Stews

90.  Strawberries

91.  Sugar

92.  Tomato Puree

93.  Tomato Sauce

94.  Turkey

95.  Vegetable scraps for stock

96.  Waffles

97.  Whipped Cream (in tub)

98.  Yeast

99.  Yogurt

100.  Zucchini

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