How to Freeze Food (and Keep It Fresh)
Stop wasting food and use your freezer right. Here's how to freeze everything.
Are you making the most out of your freezer? We’ve compiled a collection of freezer tips to help you store food better, prevent waste, and make the most of your leftovers. We cover meats, veggies, and a handful of foods you may not even realize you can freeze.
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How to Freeze Fruits and Vegetables
Want to keep fruit from spoiling before you can eat it, or stock up on seasonal veggies to enjoy for months to come? Turns out there’s a proper way to freeze produce that preserves flavor and texture.
Bet you didn’t realize you could freeze cheese. But there’s a catch: not all cheeses freeze equally well. Check out our guide to learn which cheeses to freeze and how to store ’em right. Next time there’s a sale, go ahead and stock up!
How to Freeze Bacon
Most bacon is actually sold frozen, so you know raw bacon freezes well. But did you know you can freeze cooked bacon? Fry up a batch and enjoy a crispy slice on even the busiest of mornings. Or try one of our 60+ top-rated recipes starring bacon.
How to Freeze Deli Meat
Like cheese, deli meat is hard to pass up when it goes on sale—but few things turn slimy and unappetizing as quickly as sliced turkey. The solution’s simple: freeze it. Our guide includes tricks for freezing deli meat without sacrificing quality.
How to Freeze Bread
Bread is commonly frozen, but it comes with lots of pitfalls: freezer burn, squashed bread, stuck-together slices, dryness and other textural deficiencies. Our guide to freezing bread includes tips to avoid all of the above.
How to Store Coffee
To freeze or not to freeze coffee beans? Some worry about grounds absorbing odors from the freezer, but others say it’s the best way to preserve the flavor. Our guide demystifies the process.
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How to Freeze Cookies
Leftover cookies sound like a rare situation to me, but perhaps you’d like to get a jump on holiday baking, or to save some treats for a rainy day. Turns out, cookies freeze especially well (with just a couple exceptions), as does raw cookie dough.
How to Freeze Eggs
Wait, what? Eggs? Yes! As weird as it sounds, you can freeze eggs. Raw eggs, scrambled eggs, and separated yolks and whites are all freezable. We share smart storage tricks and other tips to get the best results when defrosting.
How to Freeze Chicken
Like bacon, chicken is often sold frozen, whether you’re buying pieces or the whole bird. It’s a great idea to keep raw chicken frozen until you’re ready to cook it. If you’ve got leftover cooked chicken—just about any way you cook it—you can probably freeze it. Our guide shares the deets you need to freeze chicken safely.
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How to Freeze a Casserole
We seriously love casseroles at Taste of Home. Lucky for us, most casseroles freeze like a dream. Our quick video shares tips on which casseroles to freeze, how to wrap ’em, and some hacks to make defrosting a breeze.
How to Freeze Soup
Soup is the ultimate make-ahead meal, whether you’re cooking a batch on the weekend to eat all week, or freezing it for weeks or even months later. I like to freeze cozy soups at the start of winter, so when I get my inevitable January cold, I have soup on hand. Of course, some soups freeze better than others, and it’s best to store them right to prevent freezer burn.
How to Freeze Cooked Pasta
Went a bit overboard for spaghetti night? Or did you make noodles ahead for a stir-fry or soup? You can freeze all kinds of cooked pasta. There’s one trick you really need to remember, though.