Buying in bulk or cooking in bulk, then freezing the food is a great way to save time and money. But some foods have often been considered ‘unfreezable’ and had to be purchased and used while fresh. Maybe, maybe not – here are six foods you probably didn’t know could be frozen and how to freeze them for best results.
Raw Eggs Out of the Shell
Raw eggs can be frozen, as long as they are removed from the egg shell first. This is a perfect way to save separated egg whites or egg yolks when a recipe only requires the use of one or the other. Lightly beat the egg white or egg yolk, then place into a small lidded container and freeze for future use. Whole eggs can be frozen in the same manner.
Butter or Margarine Can be Frozen
Stock up on the favorite brand of butter or margarine when it goes on sale and store in the freezer. Place the entire package into a Ziploc freezer bag and freeze, removing sticks and defrosting in the refrigerator as needed. Butter or margarine can be frozen for up to six months. As a side note -whipped butter does not freeze well.
Freeze Hard and Semi-Hard Cheese
Hard cheese like Parmesan and semi-hard cheese like cheddar can be frozen. Cut the hard or semi-hard cheese in serving size portions (to prevent having to defrost the entire block when it’s not needed), wrap the individual cheese portions in plastic wrap, then place inside a Ziploc freezer bag. Grate cheese while it’s still frozen or defrost in refrigerator for slicing.
Freeze Cooked Rice for Quick Meals
Cooked rice can be frozen for to create quick meals on hectic weekdays nights. Allow cooked rice to cool completely, then spread the rice out on a lined baking sheet. Rub or brush a small amount of vegetable oil on top of the rice to prevent the grains from sticking together, then place the pan in the freezer until the rice freezes.. When the rice has frozen, transfer it to a Ziploc freezer bag and place in the freezer until needed.
Peeled Ginger Root Freezes Well
Only occasionally need fresh ginger for a recipe? Always have ginger root on hand by keeping it stored in the freezer. Peel the ginger root, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, then place it inside a Ziploc freezer bag and freeze. Grate the needed amount of ginger root while it’s still frozen, then place the remaining ginger root back into the freezer until it’s needed again.
Buy Nuts on Sale and Freeze Them
A variety of nuts are plentiful and on sale during the Holiday season, making it a perfect time to buy in bulk and freeze nuts for future baking needs. Place shelled nuts in an airtight freezer container for freezing. The frozen nuts can be used straight from the freezer in recipes, no need to defrost them.