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Freezing is Fun!

freezingthingsWe all love the idea of preparing a few batch meals and popping them in the freezer to use later. There are so many things we can freeze that will make our lives easier on a day to day basis.

Below are some freezing tips you may like to consider.

Storage Special Tips

Breads, muffins:

  • Up to 1 month
  • Cool completely before freezing.
  • Do not frost.
  • To thaw, loosen wrap and let sit at room temp 2-3 hours.
  • To heat, wrap in foil, reheat 350 degrees 15-20 minutes

Frosted cakes:

  • Up to 3 months
  • Butter cream frosting freezes well.
  • Custards and egg white frostings do not freeze well.
  • Cool completely.
  • Place unwrapped cake in freezer to harden frosting before wrapping.

Unfrosted cakes:

  • Up to 6 months
  • Cool completely before freezing.

Unbaked fruit pies:

  • Up to 3 months

Baked fruit pies, nut pies:

  • Up to 4 months

Cookie dough:

  • Up to 3 months
  • Wrap well.
  • Shape into cookies before freezing for fastest baking.

Baked unfrosted cookies:

  • Up to 1 year
  • Cool completely
  • Wrap well in layers in freezer container and freeze.
  • For crisp cookies, thaw unwrapped at room temperature.

Baked frosted cookies:

  • Up to 2 months
  • Freeze uncovered on cookie sheets until cookies and frosting are firm.
  • Then stack in layers in freezer container, wrap well and freeze.


  • Up to 9 months
  • Freeze in original packaging, placed into heavy duty freezer bags.

Milk, cream:

  • Difficult to freeze unless whipped
  • Milk, cream and light cream will separate
  • Whipped heavy cream will freeze well.
  • Place dollops on cookie sheet, freeze until firm, then place in bags and freeze.
  • Let thaw in refrigerator.

Uncooked eggs, egg substitutes:

  • Up to 6 months
  • If freezing yolks separately, add 1 tsp. sugar or salt per egg yolk, depending on end use. Make sure to mark what you added!


  • Up to 6 months
  • Blanch before freezing.
  • Remove as much air as possible from package before freezing.
  • Vegetables with lots of water like salad greens and tomatoes do not freeze well.
  • Do not freeze deep fried vegetables.


  • Up to 6 months
  • Up to 1 year
  • Freeze loose small fruits in single layer on cookie sheet until firm; then package in airtight freezer bag or container and freeze.


  • Up to 3 months
  • Most sauces will separate after being frozen.
  • If mixed with other ingredients, freezing quality will increase.
  • Sauces with cornstarch and cheese lose quality fastest.
  • Leave some head space for expansion when freezing in plastic containers.


  • Up to 3 months
  • Cornstarch sauces can be frozen when mixed with other ingredients in a casserole.
  • Slightly undercook casseroles, as they will finish cooking during reheating.


  • Up to 6 months
  • Cool completely, skim off fat.
  • Place in rigid plastic containers, leaving 1/2″ head space for expansion.


  • Fresh: 1 year
  • Cured: 1 month
  • Do NOT refreeze thawed meats.
  • If you thaw frozen meat, cook it in some form, then it can be refrozen.
  • Cured meats should be frozen for just one month.
  • Do NOT freeze stuffed chicken or turkey.


  • Up to 3 months
  • Wrap tightly in heavy duty freezer wrap or plastic bags.

Cooked pastas:

  • Up to 2 months
  • Cooked pastas lose quality when frozen. Undercook and freeze in a sauce for best results.

When deciding what you will freeze consider the items that are going to make your life easier. I love having lunch box snacks such as muffins and brownies in the freezer that I can easily grab and pop in lunch boxes fuss free. Would you find it handy to make 2 of your favourite cakes next time you are baking and freeze one to use for those unexpected guests?

Pasta sauces, casseroles and soups are fabulous to have as back-ups in the freezer for those days when time just runs out.

If you do decide to venture into the realm of freezing remember to date your goodies with a permanent marker so you can keep track of when they need to be used by.

Freezing foods can save us time, money and stress. Give it a go! I would love to hear some of your frozen food winners.

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