Category Archives: Organizational Tips

Food You Should Never Freeze!

Food You Should Never Freeze!

Reader Jenn sent this to me recently asking about the best foods you can freeze:

“I was wondering if maybe you could do an article or list of foods you can store in the freezer? When using coupons to stockpile I often run into perishable things that I would buy many more of if I could figure out a way to extend there shelf life.”

Lucky for me, I have a friend who is a professional organizer and actually helps family plan meals ahead of time by effectively utilizing your freezer.  So I turned to her to see if she could better answer Jenn’s question.

To freeze or not to freeze? That is the question or perhaps the dilemma you might face when considering whether to take advantage of that great couponing deal you’ve come across.  No need to fear. Use the following guidelines and tips to do what you do best- stock up and save!

 

Many things freeze well, so it may be most helpful to start with those that don’t.  The following items break down, separate or experience a change in texture when frozen.

*Don’t freeze:

-Raw vegetables that have a high water content.  These include lettuce, cucumbers, radishes, and celery

-Raw eggs in shells, cooked egg whites or hard-cooked eggs

-Raw or boiled potatoes (the texture turns mealy and watery; may turn black)

-Soft cheeses like cottage cheese, ricotta and feta (unless they are part of a prepared recipe that is made ahead and then frozen)

-Sour cream or mayonnaise (unless they’re mixed into a sauce)

-Cake icings made with egg whites; cream fillings; soft frostings

-Custard or cream filled pies

-Fried Foods

*from the book, Frozen Assets by Deborah Taylor-Hough

 

Online Resources

Real Simple has two resources that I use for quick reference when planning my meals and shopping trips.

How Long Will Food Last in the Freezer? has a general list of common items with recommended freezer time frames.

The Ultimate Food-Storage Guide is a detailed handbook that includes specific foods and gives recommended lengths of storage time for the fridge, freezer and pantry.

 

Product FAQ Page

For a name-brand product that I’m interested in freezing, a search on its home page under FAQs often produces an answer as well.  If you don’t see the answer you’re looking for, use the company’s contact page to ask your food preservation question and wait for a response.

Plus, if you contact them commenting on their product – they just might send you a coupon!

Freezing perishable foods is one of the best ways to preserve them, and in many cases, the easiest way, too.

What are some of your favorite foods to stockpile and freeze?  Do you have any favorite foods you can freeze?

More Posts you may like:

meal planning made easy

The EASIEST Meal Planning Tool – Works with ANY Diet!

apple peeler; apple peeler drill50 brands to send you coupons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Drill Apple Peeler That Peels in 10 Seconds       50 Brands that will send you Coupons for FREE!

Wegmans Recipes:  20 Make Ahead Freezer Meals for Less Than $150!

Wegmans Recipes: 20 Make Ahead Freezer Meals for Less Than $150!

If you would like to spend less time in the kitchen or drive-thru, and save a boat load of money (even without using coupons!), then it’s time to start making more than one meal at a time, with more going in the freezer for later.  With these Wegmans Recipes for this Make Ahead Freezer Meal Quick Start Menu… Continue Reading

10 Ways to Contain The Mess When Using Glitter with Kids

10 Ways to Contain The Mess When Using Glitter with Kids

With it being Spring break right now and you may be doing more projects with your kids at home,  I thought I’d share these tips as we “embrace the mess” with our kiddos!  🙂 If anyone is familiar with the MOPS organization (Mothers of Pre-schoolers), a few year’s back the theme was to Embrace the Mess. I… Continue Reading

Slow Cooker Freezer Meals – 4 Different Menu Plans to Choose From!

Slow Cooker Freezer Meals – 4 Different Menu Plans to Choose From!

Are you a fan of slow cooker freezer meals?  If so, then I have a great selection of freezer meal plans for you to check out.  They are guaranteed to take the stress out of meal planning for you for an entire month!   Some of these are geared toward shopping at Aldi’s, but really… Continue Reading

STOP Wrestling with Cardboard Box Flaps with this One EASY Trick!

STOP Wrestling with Cardboard Box Flaps with this One EASY Trick!

  My smart engineer husband always has interesting and smart ways to solve life’s annoying problems.  Here is the latest that I got him to record for us so that we can all benefit – How To Make A Resealable Cardboard Box.  Now we don’t have to wrestle with the cardboard box flaps to get… Continue Reading

One Way To Organize Kids Shoes

One Way To Organize Kids Shoes

    Girls.  Girls own too many shoes.  American women on average own 20 pairs! Kids probably have more because they wear them for such a short period of time before they grow out of them.  I have 2 daughters, a 5 year old, and a 19 month old.  I’ve lost count the number of… Continue Reading

Printable Emergency Preparedness Supply List – What To Stock Up On For a 3-Day Supply

Printable Emergency Preparedness Supply List – What To Stock Up On For a 3-Day Supply

With the east coast blizzard of 2016 all over the weather news, it has reminded me to think about what our family should have on hand in case of an emergency.  I live in Upstate NY, so we will miss the blizzard this time.  But that doesn’t mean we could be without power for a few… Continue Reading

HappyDealHappyDay.com | Maura White Google + Page