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Money-Saving Tips for Food At Home

"FREEZE! Use this home frozen food guide to save time, money, and to avoid waste!"

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Nowadays, there is a lot more home cooking going on. And even as economies and restaurants reopen their doors, more families plan to stick to cooking and eating at home. That means a lot of leftovers that shouldn’t go to waste, and freezing food offers the best solution.

It frees you and legions of other like-minded home chefs from future food preparation routines. This saves you precious time to pursue other chores, passions, or even growing side-hustles.

Learn about the best foods to freeze – and how to freeze food at home – para bawas ang spending and your food waste.

Rice, vegetables, 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 enjoy those tasty leftovers.

The foods you can freeze

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

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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 reheat once.

  • Defrost before cooking and eat within 24 hours.

  • Ensure meat or fish is cooked well – above 70C.

Can you freeze rice?

Yes. Remember, the longer cooked rice is left at room temperature, the higher the risk of bacteria forming!

  • Pop rice in the freezer as soon as it’s cooled.

  • Use an airtight container.

  • Defrost in the fridge.

  • Ensure rice is very 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 very hot before eating.

What about freezing fruit?

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

  • Wash and peel the fruit, if needed.

  • Slice it into bite-size chunks.

  • Spread it out in a container and cover it so that air can’t get in.

Can I freeze bread?

Yes you can freeze bread and it’s a great way to save trips to the bakery!

  • Make sure bread is pre-sliced for convenience in making that quick sandwich later

  • Store it in a section of the freezer where it is not squished or deformed by other items

  • You can also freeze all leftover pastries, bibingka, and puto. You can freeze cakes for shorter durations, especially those with heavy cream.

DISCLAIMER:

It is important that you check for any foul odor or visible signs of food spoilage before freezing food.

Freezing food can be a practical time and money saver, especially as we find ourselves staying for longer periods at home and cooking our own meals. However we must make sure that we are freezing the appropriate foods and that we always freeze only freshly prepared foods. This way, we can enjoy more time away from the kitchen and spend more time with our families while keeping a supply of easy to reheat goodies for meals or for snacks.

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