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Thaw, reheat and eat. What could be easier! Doubling up a casserole recipe doesn’t take much more time than making just one plus it can be lower in fat, calories and salt and less expensive than a store bought frozen dinner in a box.
Whether you’re freezing delicious homemade cabbage rolls or carrot bran muffins, you’ll save time and get a welcome break from cooking during the week. Make the most of your efforts by freezing foods right and keeping them safe to eat.
What can I freeze and for how long?
Is food that has been frozen for a long time safe to eat?
Five freezer friendly tips
Top freezer foods
How do you defrost food safely?
Find out more
For best quality and taste, use the shorter storage times listed.
Want to know more? Use this handy storage chart from the Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education.
Tip: For tastier frozen food and to keep food safe to eat, freeze leftovers, and freshly prepared casseroles, soups and sauces right away. Food left on the counter to cool are a food safety risk.
Tip: There is little difference in the nutritional value of fresh or plain frozen food including vegetables and fruit. In addition to purchasing frozen vegetable and fruit, if your grocery store or market has a really good sale on fresh produce, purchase extra to freeze and enjoy at a later date.
Food kept at -18ºC (0ºF) will be safe if stored within a reasonable time. Use the Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education storage chart to find out how long food will keep.
The taste and texture of frozen foods can suffer from lengthy freezing times. Once thawed, treat frozen food like fresh food that can spoil.
Tip: It’s OK to freeze leftovers, just don’t refreeze them. Instead freeze leftovers in smaller portions so you can take out what you need.
Enjoy better tasting frozen food that is safe to eat. Try to:
Tip: Use a wipe on, wipe off board to jot down what goes in and wipe off what goes out of the freezer. Attach the board to the freezer with a magnet.
Looking for some ideas for stocking your freezer? Here are some quick tips:
Tip: Wondering how great a mixed dish will taste after freezing? Try freezing only a small portion to test the taste and quality.
Never thaw food at room temperature. Instead use:
Tip: Thawed food should not be re-frozen. Cook it instead and then re-freeze.
Common questions and answers about freezing foods, by the Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education
Food safety facts on leftovers, by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Food safety after a power outage, Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture
Food safety, by Health Canada
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