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A well-stocked freezer can save you time and money, making it easier to get great-tasting meals and snacks to the table. Make the most of your freezer. We’ll show you how!
Bonus! Watch the video Simple Steps to Freeze Food Right to see this information in action.
When frozen food has not been wrapped properly or has been frozen for too long, it can become freezer burnt. This is because air has come into contact with the food. Freezer burn looks like white or greyish-brown spots on the food. It can make foods dry and less tasty. However, foods that are freezer burnt are still safe to eat. You can cut away the parts of the food that have freezer burn and then use the rest.
For foods to be frozen so they keep well, you want to stop air from coming in contact with the frozen food. Use heavy foil, freezer bags or containers designed for freezing food. Make sure to squeeze all the air out of freezer bags before sealing.
Try these healthy and convenient frozen foods below.
Foods you can freeze
How long to freeze them for best quality
Ways you can enjoy them…
Various whole grain breads (pita, wraps, roti, naan)
Pita pizzas, grilled cheese sandwiches, burritos, bread pudding, dipped into dahl.
Homemade bran muffins, pancakes, waffles, French toast
Spread pancakes with peanut butter and sliced banana, apple or strawberries for a quick breakfast or snack.
Top French toast or whole-grain waffles with applesauce or sliced cheese for dinner on the run.
Fish (trout, mackerel, salmon, etc.)
Soups, chowders, seafood pizza, fish burritos, salmon-salad spread or dip, fish cakes, grilled fish, or breaded and baked.
Shrimp stir-fry, seafood pasta/pizza, soups/chowders.
Plain frozen vegetables
Soups, casseroles, muffins, lasagna, chili, stir-frys, samosas or served as a side dish.
Plain frozen fruit
Smoothies, muffins, muesli, fruit dips, mixed into yogurt or hot cereal, or eaten frozen.
Lean ground meats (beef, turkey, pork, chicken)
Meatballs, meat sauce, lasagna, cabbage rolls, burritos, shepherd’s pie, meat pies, tacos, pizza, burgers, chili or soup.
Snacks, side dishes, added to soups, lunches, quick dinners.
Please note: These storage times are recommendations for when frozen food will be of a high quality taste and texture. Frozen foods that are stored properly at the right temperature can be safe for a very long time.
Freezing food can save you time and money. If you have more questions about how long or how to freeze food, or would like help with thawing, contact an EatRight Ontario Registered Dietitian. Call 1-877-510-5102 or send an email.
Watch the video Simple Steps to Freeze Food Right to see this information in action.
Safe Food Storage
Video: How to store fruit to keep them fresh
Video: How to store vegetables to keep them fresh
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