Have you bought too much food for yourself to eat at once? Want to save your food for a later date? Milk, fruit and bread top the list of food most likely to be thrown away daily. Yet these items freeze really well and could be saved and enjoyed another time.

Did you know getting into the habit of freezing food helps to reduce food waste and unexpected food purchases? On top of that, research found the average household could save up to £250 a year by using their freezer more? If that gave you chills, get freezing. For ideas to make your own frozen ready meals check these out

Here are some surprising foods you can freeze:

1) Cheese

If grated and stored in an airtight container, cheese holds up great in the freezer. Toss on top of a pizza or pasta dish to give it a brie-lliant kick. Soft cheese doesn't freeze so well.

2) Milk & dairy free milk

Milk can be frozen and stored for months. It will expand slightly when frozen and needs some time to defrost. Same goes for oat milk or rice milk, too. If they are homemade, they may go a bit grainy so strain them through a cheese cloth after they have thawed, if needed. 

3) Eggs

Don’t freeze your eggs in the shell. Break them in a bowl and beat until the yolk and egg white is just about blended. Put the mix in an airtight container and label with the date and number of eggs used.

4) Mushrooms, broccoli & other vegetables

Vegetables such as mushrooms, avocados, spinach, rhubarb (yes, it is a vegetable!) beans, carrots, broccoli can all be frozen. If they naturally have a high water content it's best for them to be pureed, sautéed, stewed or made into these easy freezer friendly veg meals before freezing.

5) Cooked rice

Rice can be frozen, but be sure to freeze it as soon as possible after cooking. Pack the rice into a microwavable container or Tupperware as soon as it’s cooked. When the rice has cooled, seal the container and put straight into the freezer. Make sure to reheat thoroughly so it’s piping hot before eating.

6) Mashed potato & sweet potato

You can freeze cooked potatoes and mashed potato. Make sure you do this when they're fully cooled though. For mashed potato, you could either transfer all of it into a freezer bag/container or if you're feeling particularly #FoodSavvy, you can freeze your own individual servings by scooping out portions individually like ice-cream scoops. Freeze these on parchment paper for about an hour and then transfer into a freezer bag/container from there. 

7) Cooked pasta

Slightly under-cooked pasta is best for freezing. This avoids it turning starchy when you reheat.

8) Bananas

Bananas freeze fantastically without their skin. Use frozen bananas to make a healthy alternative to ice cream, or coat them in melted chocolate before freezing for a sweet treat.

9) Butter

You butter believe it, it freezes beautifully. Either wrap it tightly in aluminium foil, beeswax wrap or plastic freezer wrap, or place it inside container or freezer bag. To thaw it quickly, you can grate it or microwave it…or go slow and let it defrost over time in the fridge.

10) Tomatoes

Blitz before freezing and keep in a sealed container. You'll have tomatoes for sauces to the ready at all times.

11) Bread

Whether it's homemade banana bread, Irish soda bread or shop bought bread, you could slice it before you freeze to keep a constant supply of bread ready to toast fresh, if needed. 

12) Berries

Berries freeze nicely, although they may go a bit squidgy when defrosting. Sprinkle on top of your porridge, pop them in a smoothie or whip up a healthy summer pudding.

13) Chopped up chillies and herbs

Seal in a clip lock box to avoid frostbite. Some herbs don’t freeze so well. See below.

14) Cakes, brownies and biscuits

Believe it or not, they can all go in in the freezer. If you have any left that is. Wrap well.

15) Wine

Wine can be frozen, just like water. It works best with wines that taste better chilled (like white or rose).

Foods that don't freeze well

  • Some herbs - basil, chives and parsley turn brown in the freezer.
  • Yogurt- use up your yoghurt in a smoothie before heading off on holiday.
  • Some dairy - soft cheeses, cream cheese, cottage cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream.
  • Fresh salad greens - finish off that lonely lettuce with with our delicious fattoush recipe

Still feeling confused about freezing? Don't worry. We’ve done some research to help debunk common freezer myths.

Common Freezer Myths