Reduce your food waste and help save money by using some of these freezer tips - some which may take you by surprise!
Milk - If you're going away for a few days and your milk is still in date, pop It in a container that won't spill and freeze it. Make sure it has some space to expand inside the container and be aware that it will look a little yellow when frozen as the fats and water will separate.
It can be kept for up to 6 months and give it a day to defrost slowly in the fridge before using and give it a good mix. Do not heat to defrost it.
Baked Foods such as bread, cakes, flapjacks and cookies - They can be frozen after being wrapped up in cling film or in a freezer safe container. Ideally, you may want to slice before freezing to make defrosting and separating into portions more easy.
They can kept in the freezer for up to 6 months and you can defrost at room temperature or in the microwave for quickness.
Cheese - Most cheeses can be frozen but hard cheeses freeze better than soft ones, this is due to the water in soft cheeses separating and leaving a less appetising texture. The most popular way to freeze is to grate first and pop it in a zip-top bag, making sure to squeeze as much air out as possible, but you can also slice for easy portioning. If cheese is still in its original packaging, it can be frozen as is.
Cheese can be kept in the freezer up to 6 months and can be used straight away after coming out of the freezer if using it on pizza or any heated meal.
Berries - Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries can be frozen. When taken out of the freezer you will find they don't hold their fresh texture and shape but they taste just as good and are great to add to porridge, smoothies and fruit pies.
Berries can be kept for up to 6 months and defrosted at room temperature or cooked from frozen.
Bananas - You can freeze bananas whether they are still green/yellow or even spotty and ripe. A great way to freeze bananas is to cut in to chunks or you can freeze them whole, but do peel them first or mash them up and pop in to a freezer bag.
Bananas can be kept for up to 3 months and defrosted at room temperature or in the fridge.
Eggs - the best way to store eggs in your freezer is to crack each egg individually in to a plastic egg container and combine the white and yolk together if you like scrambled or you can also separate the whites and yolks if you only eat one part of the egg. Add a little salt to the yolks before freezing to stop the yolk from hardening.
Egg yolks can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months and the whole egg can be left for up to a year!
Grapes - You can freeze seedless grapes by washing and patting them dry, place on a flat baking tray and leave to freeze before popping them in to a freezer bag and then placing back in to the freezer until you're ready to enjoy them.
Grapes can be left in the freezer for up to a 9 -12 months and can be defrosted at room temperature, cooked in recipes from frozen or used as an ice cube in juices or water.
Herbs - Chop up your fresh herbs and pop them into a zip-top bag with a couple of teaspoons of water and remove all excess air before closing and freezing. Alternatively, you can chop up the herbs and pop into ice cube trays, top up with cooking oil and then you'll have perfectly portioned herbs for cooking.
Herbs can be kept in the freezer for up top 12 months and each cube can be used from frozen and added straight to recipes.
Rice - People often throw away if they've cooked too much as they are cautious about keeping it for another day when it makes more sense to freeze it until you need it another time. Any left over rice can be placed in to an air tight container or bag and allow it to cool before freezing.
Rice can be frozen for up to 1 month and can be defrosted in the fridge or microwaved straight from the freezer. Rice should be eaten within 24 hours of being defrosted.
Garlic - Place the garlic bulbs in to an air tight bag or container to keep the moisture out and freeze. When you want some garlic you can just snap off any cloves off as and when you need them. You can also chop or grate the cloves in to an ice cube tray and freeze if you wish too, so they are portioned and ready to cook with immediately from the freezer.
Garlic can be kept in the freezer for up to 6 months, although the longer they are frozen the more the flavour deteriorates. garlic can be added directly to recipes from the freezer.
We hope these tips help you to save some money on your food bill. If it's new to you, give it a try.