Can it go in the freezer? Find out here…
What NOT to freeze
- Eggs in their shell will crack and boiled eggs go rubbery.
- Mayonnaise will curdle.
- Fruit and vegetables with high water content, like lettuce, cucumber and watermelon.
- Dairy products like yogurt, low-fat cream cheese and cottage cheese all go watery.
How to tell if your power went off while away
Put a 10c coin on an ice tray before you go on holiday – that way when you come back you’ll know if your power has been out or not. If the coin has sunk to the bottom you know there was a power failure and that some of your frozen foods might be off.
What to freeze
- Butter and margarine can be frozen for up to 3 months. Add fresh herbs to make flavoured butter.
- Grate cheese and add a tablespoon of corn starch so that it won’t clump once thawed.
- Sliced bread and it can be toasted from frozen.
Foods you probably didn’t know you could freeze
- Avos to make guacamole.
- Cooked rice and pasta. Make a big batch and then freeze into portions.
- Herbs in olive oil. Make sure your fresh herbs don’t go to waste and freeze them in ice trays of olive oil.
- Chips or crackers. While in our household these disappear fast, if you do have leftovers storing them in freezer will keep them fresh. And if the craving hits, they defrost very quickly.
- Always cool food completely before covering and freezing.
- Prevent freezer burn by freezing food in the correct size of container, so that as little air as possible is trapped. Freezer bags work well as you can squeeze the air out.
- Always rinse starches like pasta and rice before freezing.
- Never re-freeze anything that has been frozen and heated.
- Freeze food in individual portions so you can take out the exact amount required.
- Label food so you know how long it has been frozen and what it is.