Buy extra when it’s on sale!
If you make sure the cheese is bagged or wrapped well, you can freeze it in the
original, unopened package.
Variation: Shredded Cheese
- Add a tablespoon or so of cornstarch or flour to the bag before freezing.
- Shake it. This will stop it from clumping when it thaws.
- Place cheese in a freezer-safe bag.
- Squeeze any air out of the bag before freezing.
- When it’s on sale, stock up!
- Put the raw ears of corn, without removing the outer silk or husk, in the freezer.
- When it’s time to eat, thaw it in the fridge
- Take off the outer husk.
- Put it in the microwave, and cook for 5 minutes for two ears or 4 minutes for one ear.
- Double wrap the original package with plastic wrap and foil, before putting it in the freezer.
Cut whole fruit into bite-sized pieces. Freezing fruit like this lets you grab a
couple pieces at one time.
Spread fruit onto a cookie sheet or any flat container. The pieces should not
be touching one another.
- Place the container in the freezer.
- Once frozen, you can place the pieces into a smaller bag for more freezer space.
For baking, save your bananas. Check out our healthy additions page, here,
to find some baking ideas.
- Freeze ripe or overripe, whole bananas, skin on.
- When you need them, microwave or thaw them on the counter.
- Cut off the top and squeeze out the banana inside.
Plastic milk jugs have indents on the side. This helps for freezing because
the milk has room to get bigger! Freeze it in its original container.
- When you want to use it, let it thaw in the fridge.
- Shake well to mix in the solids.
- Before you freeze nuts, take off any shells.
- Spread them thin on a plate for 24 hours of drying. Now, they’re ready to freeze.
- Double bag the nuts, and pop them into the freezer.
Keep frozen nuts for up to 6 months. Salted or seasoned ones last
only for 3 to 4 months.
(made without mayonnaise, yogurt or sour cream)
Place sauce in a plastic, freezer-safe container or bag. Leave some room in the
container. Sauces get bigger as they cool.
- Close the container and freeze.
- Let the sauce thaw in the fridge or microwave.
- Cut raw, fresh onions, chili peppers, or bell peppers into bite-size pieces.
- Place them into a freezer bag.
- Squeeze out the air, and freeze.
The US Department of Agriculture created an app for more storage tips here.