Freezable Foods — yup, you can freeze all of this!

posted by Andrea | 02/10/2011


Lately I’ve been talking a lot about freezer foods – keeping the freezer stocked, saving time and money by cooking from the freezer, and more. And apparently all of you are very interested in freezer foods because I’ve received all kinds of questions, asking what foods you can and cannot freeze.

While I don’t claim to be a “Freezable Foods Expert”, I have frozen more than my share of foods over the last few years; and I’ve taught classes on freezing, drying, and canning. So with that said…

Here’s my list of freezable foods.

I’ve personally had success freezing everything on the list below. However, I’m always looking for more things to freeze, so if you know of anything I missed, please share your suggestions in the comments below.

1. Baked Goods:

I’ve been known for baking huge batches of sweets in one day and then freezing them for our enjoyment over the next few months. This save me tons of time — we LOVE our sweets!

Brownies & Cookies: Yup, I do it all the time. Just put them in resealable bags or storage containers with tight-fitting lids and they’ll last as long as you can resist them!

Breads, Buns, Muffins, and Rolls: Just double-bag them to prevent freezer burn and they should be fine for several months

Cupcakes & Cake: Yes, I’ve frozen cupcakes and even full cakes! You can frost cakes before or after freezing them, but if you use store-bought frosting, you’ll want to wait to frost them until after they defrost…trust me, I know!

Granola: We love homemade granola but if I’m going to make it, I only make a huge batch….and then freeze it in mason jars or zip-top bags.

Pies: I don’t usually freeze pies, but if you do, just make sure to freeze them BEFORE you bake them.

2. Baking Supplies:

I freeze many of my baking supplies in shoe boxes in our freezer! {Shoe boxes stack well and allow for ventilation.}

Chocolate: I store all my baking chocolates in the freezer because I think they keep for much longer this way and taste “fresher”. Plus it frees up more space in my cabinets.

Nuts: I store all our nuts in the freezer to keep their oils from going rancid. I first heard this tip from Rachel Ray and it seems to work — so it must be true!

Flour and Sugar: While it’s not necessary, I often freeze my flour and sugar — especially in the summer when our house is more humid.

3. Dairy:

I’ve saved a bunch of money by purchasing dairy products in bulk and freezing them. From my experience, most dairy products should keep for at least 6 months.

Butter/Margarine: No trick here, just stick the whole package in the freezer and remove when you’re ready to use.

Block Cheese: I freeze cheese ALL the time, just remember to slice and shred it before you freeze it, otherwise it will crumble.

Cream Cheese: Believe it or not, you can freeze cream cheese. It might be a bit “lumpy” after it defrosts but it still tastes the same.

Milk: I don’t have the need to freeze our milk on a regular basis, but I do it whenever we go on vacation. Just remember to pour about 1 cup of milk out before freezing.

Yogurt: Freeze yogurt for a delicious, healthy treat. I let it defrost a bit before eating so it’s really creamy.

4. Fruits:

Before freezing fruit, make sure it’s washed, dried, and divided up into smaller portions. This will make it easy to quickly grab what you need without defrosting the entire batch. Fruits should keep for up to a year if properly sealed.

All Fruits: You can pretty much freeze any fruit you plan to use in smoothies because it will get mashed up anyway, however, don’t plan on freezing fruit simply for eating — it will be really soggy.

Berries: I freeze all kinds of berries for pancakes and smoothies. I also keep 2-cup containers of crushed berries to use for making jam, ice-cream toppings or, for berry shortcake.

Bananas: I peel any rotten bananas and put 4 bananas in a bag or freezer container. Then whenever a recipe calls for bananas, I just grab a container to defrost {most recipes call for 3-5 bananas so I figure I’m safe with 4!}

Jams and Jellies: I usually can my jam, but my mom and mother-in-law always freeze it. Freezing jam is quicker and easier…so if you have the freezer space, here are 20 delicious freezer jam recipes to get you started!

5. Herbs & Vegetables:

Herbs: I freeze fresh herbs in ice-cube trays to use for soups, stews, and casseroles later in the year. Here’s a free Herb Reference Sheet that explains how you can use and preserve different herbs.

All Veggies: To save myself some time — here is a link to my Vegetable Freezing Worksheet. It’s a list of 20 different vegetables and how to freeze them … and you can print it for free!

6. Meals:

I’m always making double batches of our favorite foods to store in the freezer. Then on busy days, I just defrost one in the morning, and it’s usually ready by dinner time.

Soups, Stews, and Broths: I divide these up into 1 or 2 cup portions so they defrost quicker. Here are some of my favorite soup recipes.

Casseroles: I’ve frozen everything from lasagna and fajitas, to enchiladas, chicken dishes, and more! Just make sure all the ingredients are fully cooked before you freeze it. When you’re ready to eat it, just defrost and bake as normal.

Pasta Sauce: We usually never go through an entire batch of pasta sauce in one meal so I just pop the leftovers in the freezer for the next time we eat pasta.

Meat: You can freeze cooked meat, raw meat, ground meat, shredded meat, “whole” meat, etc. Just make sure it’s properly sealed to prevent freezer burn. {I once had a whole turkey in the freezer for about 18 months and it was absolutely delicious when we cooked it!}

What did I miss?

I’m sure there are so many other foods you can freeze, but these are the ones I have personally tried with much success. I’d love to learn about any other freezer foods, so please share them in the comments below!

UPDATE: I’ve answered many of the questions in the comments over here

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389 comments

  1. Shelly Scott

    11/28/2013

    Can you freeze Bok Choy and other sorted vegetables used in stir fries. I live alone just hate buying things then have to throw them away later because I did not use them all.

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    12/19/2013

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  3. Carrie

    01/03/2014

    Could you freeze homemade tortilla shells?

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    Danielle Reply:

    I freeze all bread products in a box @ the bottom of my freezer helps prevent freezer burn. Saves me alot of time and money.

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  4. Melissa

    01/03/2014

    Can you freeze your fruits in a vacuume seal bag with a processer or just throw in a reg freezer bag

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    Andrea Reply:

    a regular freezer bag is fine :)

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  5. Nancy

    01/08/2014

    Can you freeze Velveeta cheese mixed with Rotel? When I make a batch for just my husband and myself, it’s always too much.

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    Andrea Reply:

    I’ve never done it before — but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to try. I freeze other types of cheese all the time.

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    Amie Reply:

    I make dips such as velveeta mixed with Rotel (and black beans) all of the time with no problem. I’ve also make and freeze popper dip and buffalo chicken dip. I thaw in fridge and pop in microwave to reheat.

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  6. Pat

    01/19/2014

    I have been gifted with many many mandarin oranges. I love them, and would like to preserve them……………is there any way to freeze them??

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    Andrea Reply:

    Hey Pat — I’ve never frozen oranges before, but I did ask your question on my facebook page and there were a few helpful responses. You can read those here.

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  7. Tara

    01/26/2014

    I freeze chicken broth if I didn’t use it all and buttermilk in ice cube trays that are about 2tbsp. The buttermilk separates a bit but it tastes fine when used in baking :)

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  8. MIRANDA

    01/28/2014

    chips….crackers…..nuts…cereal

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  9. Ruth

    01/29/2014

    You can freeze cooked rice and pasta and just run hot water over them frozen. They will thaw out, be hot and taste great. You can also freeze fresh tomatoes. Just toss them in the bag after you have washed them. No need to core or peel. When they thaw out, the skin just slips off and they are ready for cooking. The same goes for chilis or peppers.

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  10. Jess

    02/05/2014

    I’m curious about how you thaw some of these items. specifically the casserole type dishes. it might seem like a silly question but i really don’t know much about this.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Jess, if you click on the link at the end of the post — it will take you to another post I wrote with all these FAQ’s. Here’s the link again.

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  11. Rachelle

    02/17/2014

    I often freeze the remaining portion of tomato sauce, tomato paste and diced tomatoes. Especially with the paste, I never use the whole can, so I just dump the rest into a freezer bag and smash it flat. Then you can whack it on the counter if you just need a little for a soup or something.

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  12. Kathy

    03/16/2014

    Andrea, I always make big batches of fruit pies and bske them and freeze them. My mother has always done this, so if it worked for her it had to be right! Lol I have used fresh fruit as well as fruit that had been frozen, never any family complaints. Thaw on counter or on low heat in oven , for that fresh baked taste.

    Kathy

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  13. Barb

    04/03/2014

    Can I freeze a macaroni salad that has mayo in it?

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