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. Quesadillas
  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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