I hate waste, and I love to have food in the freezer that I can pull out when I have surprise dinner guests or don’t feel like cooking, but not all leftovers are appropriate for freezing. I cook more in the summer and often have lots of delicious leftovers. Here is a guide to what foods freeze well, and what foods are better to either eat up or throw away.
Guacamole (I know! I was surprised too)
Fresh berries only if you plan to cook them
Grilled hot dogs and hamburgers
Fresh fruit pies
Butter based sauces
Bread and rolls
Fresh corn on the cob
Chips (another surprise!)
Raw eggs out of their shells
Cooked rice and pasta
Herbs in olive oil
Homemade cookie dough (see our earlier article)
Broths and soups
Anything with mayonnaise and all egg-based sauces – the texture changes.
Cooked eggs – the whites become rubbery
Fresh berries if you want them to look the same – they’ll get mushy
Salad greens – have too much water
Crudités – have too much water
Soft cheeses – have too much water
All dairy items like yogurt, milk cream cheese or cottage cheese
- Double wrap everything you want to freeze. Air in the package will result in freezer burn.
- Don’t expect freezing to kill any bacteria. Freeze items as soon as possible.
- Try to eat items in the freezer within three to four months of freezing.
- Cool foods before freezing.
- Never re-freeze items.
- Label what you freeze with the date.
- If you didn’t like it when it was cooked, freezing it won’t make it taste better.
Eat it tips:
- Eat leftovers in the fridge within three days.
- If you didn’t like it when you cooked it, letting it age won’t make it better – pitch it.