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This weekend I made some amazing Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins with bananas that I’d thrown in the freezer after they’d gotten too ripe to eat. They worked perfectly (and those muffins were just delicious!) I’ve posted this list a time or two before, but it’s so helpful to know what items you can freeze to help pinch an extra penny in your grocery budget!
You can freeze . . .
Shredded or Block Cheese No preparation required
Butter & Margarine No preparation required
Sour Cream No preparation required, may be a little separated when you thaw but when you stir it up and it should be fine, especially for use cooking or baking recipes
Cream Cheese Some people have told me that freezing cream cheese is fine, but I’m a little leary of it! For tips on freezing cream cheese check out this article
Milk You should probably pour out a 1/2 cup or so first so that the container’s not completely full as it might burst
Meat and Poultry (fresh or cooked) Make sure to wrap well to prevent freezer burn
Green Peppers Just chop into small pieces, then place in plastic baggies – perfect for casseroles or chili, not-so-perfect for salads (they’re a little water logged!)
Fruit It won’t freeze perfectly, but it’s great for making fruit smoothies! Thanks, Nancy
Yogurt No preparation required
Chocolate Chips, Peanut Butter Chips May want to place in plastic bag to prevent freezer burn
Cookies/Brownies Just wrap well to prevent freezer burn
Waffles/Muffins/Pancakes Just wrap well to prevent freezer burn
Egg Beaters No preparation required
Lunchmeat No preparation required
Hot Dogs No preparation required
Bread No preparation required with loaf bread; I have had NO success freezing hot dog buns or hamburger buns, if you have any tips on this I’d love to hear them!
Tortillas No preparation required
Wraps No preparation required
Refrigerated Biscuits or Rolls (i.e. Pillsbury products) It’s possible that a can might explode in the freezer, if you’re concerned about this you can try opening the package just enough to expand and then place in plastic bag and close tightly
What else do you all freeze? Leave a comment if you have more suggestions and tips I’d love to hear them! I’d also love to know if freezing has worked for you (especially milk, sour cream, and cream cheese!) If only I had a bigger freezer. . . 😉