Don’t Throw That Away! Things you should freeze for later.
Have you heard of flash freezing? If not check out this post too, its great for berries and such.
Citrus Juice: Squeeze and pour into ice cube trays, when frozen pop the cubes out and store in an air-tight container. Use for any cooking needs, it’s also good for cleaning!
Citrus Zest: Freeze in water, oil, or just by it’s self in a container, baggie or ice cube tray.
Here’s a more in depth post about freezing citrus juice and zest.
Whey, Milk sour and fresh, Yogurt, Buttermilk: You can freeze all the milk products. Cream cheese and sour cream separate and sometimes won’t work right in a recipe after freezing so I don’t recommend freezing them. Whey from making curdled milk products, fresh and soured milk, buttermilk and yogurt all freeze well. Fresh milk does separate sometimes so freezing milk for drinking might not be the best idea, although people do use it for that. Frozen fresh milk can be used for anything you would use fresh milk for normally. Whey, buttermilk, sour milk and yogurt are all excellent to use in baked goods. Save buttermilk and yogurt in the freezer to have cultures to make more of them. Whey is also great to use when making bread and soups, to cook grains in and there is a great recipe for a Lemon Whey Pie over at The prairie homestead; I definitely want to try it!
As long as soured milk doesn’t smell putrid and there is no mold or off coloring, it’s safe to use.
Eggs: Crack into ice cube trays, baggies or containers. Freeze singularly or in multiples that your most used recipes call for. You could also freeze whites and yolks separately. To use, Let them thaw in the fridge. I haven’t used frozen eggs to make meringue or other things where you whip the whites so I don’t know how it would work. If you have, comment about it!
Mashed Potatoes: Use to thicken soup, make bread or biscuits or top shepherds pie and other casseroles. Contrary to popular belief they also reheat very nicely.
Meat Scraps/Bones: Save these up to make stock!
Black Bananas: Use to make banana bread and other baked goods or freeze nice bananas, use a food processor and eat them like ice cream.
Tomato Paste: Freeze in tablespoon portions so a whole can doesn’t have to opened every time you need a little.
Stock/Broth: If you don’t use all of the container you open or if you make your own stock; it freezes beautifully.
Berries: For blended things, making preserves, cooking or snacking!
Stone Fruit: Same as with berries!
Chop and Mash: Freeze in daily portions for your birds so you don’t have to cook for them as often and you always have something fresh on hand in a pinch. Don’t know what this is? Check out my post about making chop.
Peppers: Slice so they take up less room, use in cooked dishes.
Tomatoes: Freeze whole or chopped; use in cooked dishes our save to can later. They do become watery so leave extra time to cook them down.
Cooked Sweet Potato/ Squash: Save to use in recipes, to make Four Leg-ed Hunter snacks and to feed your birds.
Soft Dog and Cat Food: To hide pills and other medicine in. You can also freeze tablespoons of hamburger or the dough from making Four Leg-ed Hunter snacks.
Cooked Beans: Cook a big batch or save left overs, these guys freeze really well.
Cooked Rice: Same as with beans!
Biscuits: Instead of buying biscuits, why not make and freeze your own?
Pie Dough: Just let it thaw in the fridge before you need to use it.
Bread Dough: Thaw in the fridge and let rise, then bake, use for fry bread or some other creative idea.
Puff Pastry: Make a big batch of this time consuming but delicious dough to have on hand for: pot pie, filled pastries, cresants…
Sauteed Mushrooms: Cooked mushrooms freeze beautifully, I saute in butter and olive oil.
Colostrum: If you ever find yourself in need of colostrum you will be very glad you froze some. When an animal loses her baby, milk her right away for the colostrum. This is what imparts the majority of the mother’s immunity to the baby, forming the foundation of their immune system. Colostrum comes in handy if a baby is rejected or the mother dies.
Juice from Cooking Shrimp/Shellfish: Save this to cook pasta or rice in.
Bread: Any kind of bready thing will freeze very nicely. You can buy on sale or make a whole bunch to freeze. I also save crusty bits for making my own bread crumbs and bread pudding.
I know there are way more things than this, what did I miss?
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Gloria Logan · July 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm
I’ve frozen full fat cream cheese for years and it has always retained its texture. The secret is to let it thaw overnight. Light cream cheeses don’t freeze so well due to different ingredients.
Emily Swezey · July 11, 2013 at 6:16 pm
Hmm…I wonder what I did wrong then? I let it thaw in the fridge and I even tried it more than once before I gave up. I wonder if my freezer was freezing the cream cheese slowly and that was why it separated so bad? At least someone can make it work, I might try it again!
Taylor-Made Ranch · July 12, 2013 at 11:47 pm
Thanks for sharing this post. Like you, I’ve not successfully frozen, thawed and used cream cheese – it always separated awfully for me. Maybe I should try again? I do love freezing my garden tomatoes once they’re washed and cut in half. I thaw them, add garlic, onion, jalapeno and bell pepper along with some spices & make them into blender salsa to pacify our Tex-Mex cravings! (Visiting from Frugal Days Sustainable Ways)~Taylor-Made Ranch~Wolfe City, Texas
Emily Swezey · July 12, 2013 at 11:52 pm
Welcome, and thanks for visiting! It’s too bad we can’t get cream cheese to freeze for us, it would be so nice to have in the freezer! Oh my gosh, your idea for “blender salsa” is epic! Do you let everything thaw before blending?Please do visit again!Emily
Taylor-Made Ranch · July 13, 2013 at 12:11 am
I semi-thaw the tomatoes so I can pull some of the water from them first since they tend to have lots (I freeze that tomato water in ice-cube trays and use it to steam garden veggies in the microwave – I like the flavor it imparts) Then everything into the blender. I’ll often chop some onion/jalapenos separately so it’s not completely smooth, we like a little texture in the salsa. Delicious and trash free! ~Taylor-Made Ranch~Wolfe City, Texas
Emily Swezey · July 13, 2013 at 12:16 am
Yum! Thanks for the directions, I will definitely make that sometime!Emily
Sandra · August 29, 2013 at 6:06 pm
Great reminder! I feel I throw too much produce away. Storing it in the freezer would stop that problem. I like that you can buy on sale and freeze expensive items like butter when they go on sale. I also like cooking up hamburger and freezing cooked to save time.
Emily Swezey · August 29, 2013 at 7:12 pm
I’m with you! If I know I won’t get to something before it goes bad I freeze it and my butter lives in the freezer AND I freeze things to save me time, like you do with cooked hamburger. Thanks for visiting, come back soon!
Lisa Lynn · September 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm
Great ideas, Emily! Thanks for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop 🙂
Emily Swezey · September 4, 2013 at 5:19 pm
I Hope it was helpful! Thanks for hosting the hop and stopping by!
Anonymous · March 28, 2014 at 1:46 pm
Hello there! I’m a new reader from Switzerland. Your blog is just great and helped me a lot in my search of a natural life, with natural food, just sick of being intoxicated by all additives that are allowed to be put in the food! Anyway, I wanted to comment on the egg whites: they can be whipped without problem after having been freezed, I always keep them like this. Just take them out of the freezer the evening before. Take care, Venera
Emily Swezey · March 28, 2014 at 5:25 pm
Welcome Venera! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog. Thanks for sharing about the egg whites! I really didn’t think they would whip properly, good to know they do. Please stop by and comment again soon.
Patricia · November 12, 2014 at 1:26 am
I like the idea about freezing citrus zest! All of my veggie parings and slightly off-peak veggies get frozen for use in vegetable broths.
Joy · December 7, 2015 at 5:32 am
First time here , I am really going to enjoy reading all of your tips