In a hurry? Tired of seeing your food go to waste? Discover eight foods you can store in the freezer for cooking with limited flavour loss.Pasta, plain or filled, can be cooked from frozen. All it takes is a simple sauce to transform it into a complete meal.
Raw Shrimp and Other Shellfish
Raw shrimp and other shellfish can be cooked from frozen, as can fish fillets, to make a variety of quick meals.
Freezer storage life: Store frozen fish according to the ‘use-by’ date. If freezing fresh raw fish, store white fish for up to 3 months, oil-rich fish for up to 2 months. Most shellfish that is sold as ‘fresh’ has been frozen and should not be frozen again.
Bread is better frozen than stored in the fridge (it goes dry and stale). Slice it before freezing and you’ll have slices that will thaw quickly or can be toasted from frozen.
Pita bread can be toasted from frozen, and part-baked breads can be baked from frozen.
Freezer storage life: Varying according to the type of bread. Commercially baked or homemade brown and white bread will keep up to 6 months; flat breads 4 months; milk, fruit and malt breads 3 months. Breads with a crispy crust will keep for 2 weeks; after this the crust tends to break off as they thaw.
Frozen Fruit and Vegetables
Frozen fruit and vegetables are nutritious and convenient – their vitamin content doesn’t diminish during freezing.
Fruit and vegetables thaw quickly or you can cook them from frozen. Excess vegetables and fruits can be frozen, although they may not be as nutritious as bought frozen produce, which is frozen within hours of picking.
Freezer storage life: Vegetables can be stored for 10-12 months; fruit packed alone or as a puree will keep 6-8 months, packed in syrup or sugar 9-12 months.
Grated cheese can be used from frozen in sauces or casserole and pizza toppings.
Freezer storage life: Up to 6 months.
Herbs can be frozen in stock or water in ice trays, or open-frozen and then packed into freezer containers or bags. Add the cubes to dishes as they are heating.