How to Freeze Eggs, Dairy & More – Red Bluff Daily News


I’m sure my supermarket isn’t the only grocery store with an area in the back that I call “My Bargain Bin”. It’s refrigerated and offers dandy deals, especially on perishable items approaching that expiration date. There is no limit to the number of items I can load into my cart – all with ridiculously low and bargain prices.

You might be asking, but Mary, what can we do with all of these perishables to make sure they don’t perish. The answer, of course, is to freeze them. Yes, even eggs, milk and cheese.

BUTTER

Freeze margarine or butter in the wrapper and containers they come in for up to six months. Thaw to regain their original texture and quality.

WHIPPED CREAM

When whipped and sweetened, the cream freezes well for one to two months. Note: Freezing the cream in a liquid state is not recommended as it affects the quality of the product. In most cases, freezing causes changes in the fat, which can lead to poor texture.

EGGNOG

Unopened eggnog can be frozen for up to two months. Thaw in the refrigerator and shake well before serving, as there may be a separation of ingredients during freezing.

EGGS

You can freeze the eggs, as long as you remove them from the shell first. Do not freeze whole eggs in the shell. Raw eggs can be frozen for up to a year. Defrost in the refrigerator. Tip: Separate the whites from the yolks and freeze them in small portions for easy use.

MILK

Milk can be frozen for up to three months, as long as the sealed container is frozen before the “best before” date. Skim and skim milk freezes better than whole milk. Thaw frozen milk in the refrigerator. The milk will still have the same nutrients, but it can separate. If so, shake well and consume as soon as possible.

CHEESE

Hard cheese freezes well, but it changes the texture, making it almost impossible to slice. Frozen cheese is ideal for cooking and for grating. Tip: Grate first, then freeze.

FRESH MEAT

Fresh roasts and beef steaks can be frozen for up to a year if packaged properly to delay freezer burn; pork and lamb for up to six months.

PROCESSED MEAT

You can freeze bacon, hot dogs, cooked ham, cold cuts, and sausages for up to two months before these items start to lose quality and taste.

FRESH POULTRY

Whole turkey, chicken, duck and goose can be frozen for up to a year. Poultry cuts, however, must be used within nine months.

PLAIN FLOUR

All-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, cornmeal, and other staples including baking powder and baking soda stay fresh and bug free in the freezer indefinitely. You won’t feel any change in texture or taste. Even better? You can ignore the expiration dates.

COFFEE AND TEA

Storing coffee beans in the freezer has long been the method of choice for preserving freshness. But diehard coffee lovers tell us to never freeze coffee beans or ground coffee beans, as this changes the flavor from fresh to “stale in the freezer.” However, no one claims that freezing leftover brewed coffee in ice cube trays to make mixed coffee drinks or iced coffee is a great idea. Freeze leftover tea the same way and you’ll have “ice” for your iced tea that won’t dilute the drink.

Mary invites questions, comments and advice on EverydayCheapskate.com, “Ask Mary a Question” or c / o Everyday Cheapskate, 12340 Seal Beach Blvd., Suite B-416, Seal Beach, CA 90740.

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