Most people freeze meat, fish and vegetables, but when it come to frozen foods, there are other items you might not have in your freezer, which you really should.
Frozen foods – my top picks
When my freezer opens there are all sorts of goodies to be found. Food, drinks, sauces, ice cream alternatives, to name but a few. These items of frozen food enhance my meals, but I know that not everybody thinks to freeze these items. Take a look inside my freezer. You mind find some inspiration yourself!
1) Wine – it’s useful when it comes to food too!
How many times do you wake up the next morning to find a thimble of wine at the bottom of the bottle? You aren’t going to bother putting a stopper in for half a glass, so why don’t you freeze it? Red wine goes really well in tomato-based sauces and white wine goes well in a white sauce. I pour my leftovers into an ice tray and then pop them out and add them to my food when I’m cooking. I find that it helps to enhance the natural flavours within foods.
2) Stock – add some authentic taste to your meals
Another thing that I store in ice cube trays is stock. I don’t cook a Sunday dinner at home often, but when I do, I always ensure I have enough stock to fill an ice tray. I think that homemade stock tastes so much better than the shop-bought equivalent. Popping a homemade stock ice cube out and adding it to sauces, or gravy, adds another level of flavour.
Saving your stock will also help you to ensure that you get as much value as possible from your meat item.
3) Grapes – send them straight from the fruit basket into the freezer
If you don’t freeze grapes then you should. Not only do they go really well in a glass of wine (they act like an ice cube), but they’re also a tasty snack.
4) Bread – welcome addition to any meal
I was shocked to discover that some people don’t store bread in their freezer. I always have a loaf in. It makes perfect toast and your loaf will stretch further, because you don’t have to worry about it going stale. I also use it to make bread crumbs and sometimes we have a bread basket with our main meal.
5) Haribo – yes, you read that correctly
Haribo sweets, Tangfastics in particular, taste amazing after an hour in the freezer. Trust me on this one. It’s a sweet and sour, sugary, cool treat that lasts in your mouth for more than five seconds. Try it for yourself and thank me later.
6) Yogurt – a great ice cream alternative
When it comes to frozen foods, I always make sure I have a couple of yogurts in my freezer. They provide an ice cream alternative, but without the added calories.
7) Bananas – don’t throw them in the bin
When your bananas are going off, peel them, bag them and freeze them. They go really well in banana bread and in smoothies.
8) Muffins – a great item to save
It doesn’t matter if you’re into sweet muffins or savoury ones. Both keep well in the freezer. I usually take them out the night before to give them time to naturally defrost. When it comes to food to freeze, muffins should be on the list.
9) Sticky toffee pudding
My sister-in-law makes a banging sticky toffee pudding and if there are any extras going, they usually end up in our freezer. With something like sponge, it makes sense to make extras and to freeze a couple, because the real thing beats any canned alternative. They keep well and you’d have no idea they’d previously been frozen. Again, I try to remember to take it out the night before I plan to use it.
10) Dump bags
I’ve written about dump bags before. The idea is that you get a large zip-lock freezer bag and dump in everything that you’d usually put into a slow cooker to make a meal. I always have a few in my freezer, as they make for easy, healthy teas.
Are these frozen foods really worth having?
Frozen food shouldn’t be feared, because they can truly hep to enhance your meals. I think these items are all worth freezing. Do you save anything that the average person doesn’t? If you don’t then you should consider it, because frozen foods are handy to have and they help to prevent food waste. If you’re worried about how to reheat your food then check out this handy guide to cooking frozen food.
Editor’s note: This post was originally published in July 2020 and has been revamped for accuracy and comprehensiveness.