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Foods you can freeze to save money, time and avoid waste

With our freezing food guide you’ll save time and money, and you’ll throw less food in the bin.


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There’s nothing more wasteful than throwing food in the bin, especially when you really don’t have to. Freezing food is a great way to make savings and avoid waste. Learn about the best foods to freeze – and how to start freezing food at home - so you can reduce your spending and your food waste.

Rice, veg, fish and meat are foods that freeze well, so don’t waste them! Let them cool, store them in an airtight container, and place them in your freezer. Reheat to over 70C and tuck into those tasty leftovers.

The foods you can freeze

So many foods can be saved by being frozen, whether they’re leftovers or items you think will go out of date. Just remember to keep your freezer clean and defrosted.

Let’s look at some of the most commonly asked-about foods.

Is cooked meat and fish safe to freeze?

Yes. Cooked meat and fish are among a number of foods that freeze well, as long as you follow a few rules:

  • Store in the freezer when the food is cool and no later than 2 hours after cooking.
  • Only ever re-heat once.
  • Defrost before cooking and eat within 24 hours.
  • Ensure meat or fish is cooked right through – above 70C.

Can you freeze rice?

Yes. However, the longer cooked rice is left at room temperature, the higher the risk of bacteria forming so make sure you freeze promptly.

  • Pop rice in the freezer as soon as it’s cooled.
  • Use an airtight container.
  • Defrost in the fridge.
  • Ensure rice is piping hot before eating.
  • Never reheat more than once.

Is freezing vegetables ok?

Yes. Most vegetables are still tasty after freezing (exceptions are celery, cucumber, lettuce and potatoes), as long as you:

  • Blanch them before freezing.
  • Store them in sealed, airtight containers.
  • Cook until piping hot before eating.

What about freezing fruit?

Yes. All fruit can be frozen, and responds very well – particularly for smoothies. Here’s the best way:

  • Wash and peel the fruit (if it’s got a skin).
  • Slice it into bite-size chunks.
  • Spread it out in a container and cover it so that air can’t get in.

Can you freeze cream?

Yes. Although only a high fat content cream will hold its quality well. It’s best to freeze the cream in its carton but pour away a little to allow for expansion when the cream freezes. Thaw fully, shake and serve!

As you can tell, freezing food is a great idea. Now you know that you can do it, and how to go about it, you can look forward to less waste and more enjoyment of your frozen goodies!

Key steps

Eating foods that freeze well is perfectly safe if you follow our key steps:

  1. Always cool cooked foods and store within 2 hours.
  2. Use airtight containers.
  3. Defrost frozen foods thoroughly, unless it’s fruit.
  4. Cook until piping hot and only ever reheat once.
  5. Do not re-freeze any unused frozen foods.

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