How To Freeze Eggs, Dairy & More |

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 has some great deals, especially on perishable items approaching that “sale by” date. There is no limit to the number of items I can load into my cart – all with ridiculously low and lowest prices.

You may be asking, but Mary, what can we do with all those 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 it comes in for up to six months. Thaw to regain their original texture and quality.

WHIPPED CREAM

Once 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 fat changes, 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 ingredients may separate 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. Thaw 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, provided the sealed container is frozen before the best before date. Skim and low-fat 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 great for baking and grating. Tip: Grate first, then freeze.

FRESH MEAT

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

PROCESSED MEAT

You can freeze bacon, hot dogs, cooked ham, deli meats and sausages for up to two months before these foods lose their quality and taste.

FRESH POULTRY

Whole turkey, chicken, duck and goose can be frozen for up to a year. However, poultry parts must be used within nine months.

PLAIN FLOUR

All-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, cornmeal, and other staple foods, including baking powder and baking soda, stay fresh and bug-free indefinitely in the freezer. You won’t feel any change in texture or taste. Even better? You can ignore 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 never to freeze the coffee beans or grinds, as it changes the flavor from fresh to “freezer”. However, no one is claiming that freezing leftover brewed coffee in ice cube trays to make blended 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 water down the drink.

Marie invites you to visit her at EverydayCheapskate.com, where this column is archived with links and resources for all recommended products and services. Mary invites questions and comments to https://www.everydaycheapskate.com/contact/, “Ask Mary.” Tips may be subject to tips.everydaycheapskate.com/. This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of EverydayCheapskate.coma frugal living blog and the author of the book “Debt-Proof Living”.

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