9 Surprising Foods That Can Be Frozen

· April 12, 2017
Sadly, it's estimated that between 30 and 40% of foods meant for human consumption end up in the trash. Do your part to help prevent food waste by learning about 9 foods that can be frozen.

Food waste is still a serious problem all over the world. Sadly, it’s estimated that between 30 and 40% of foods meant for human consumption end up in the trash.

A significant amount is lost in the field and while being processed and transported. However, the majority happens in your refrigerators and pantries, where it could be prevented.

The problem is that many people are concerned about this situation but forget one important thing: you can keep perishable foods longer using methods like freezing.

While it may change in texture or flavor, it’s a great way to extend the useful life of your food to keep from having to throw it out, and to save money too.

Read these tips and put them into practice!

1. Bananas

You can freeze overly ripe bananas (those that have turned brown) without their peel. Then, you can use them in all kinds of recipes.

Since leaving them at room temperate speeds up the decomposition process, it’s best to put them in the freezer to keep them from going bad.

When you need them, you can defrost them in the microwave and then add them to cakes, muffins, or banana bread.

Want to learn more? 11 Ways to Use Banana Peels: Stop Wasting Them!

2. Avocados

Most people know that once you cut open an avocado, it gets brown and unpleasantly soft.

You can use them in that state for facial masks or other natural cosmetic treatments. However, you can also store them in the freezer to keep them good for eating.

Put the avocado in an airtight container and squeeze a little bit of lemon juice on it. They’ll last in your refrigerator for a week.

3. Coffee

Do you have some leftover coffee? Instead of pouring it down the drain, add it to an ice cube tray and use the ice cubes in cocktails or other recipes.

In fact, since they’ll be frozen, you can also use them as a treatment for wrinkles, cellulite, and other skin problems.

4. Fresh herbs

Cilantro, parsley, and other fresh herbs turn a dark color when they start to decompose.

It’s an inevitable situation. However, if you don’t want to waste them, you can mince them and freeze them.

Put the minced herbs in an ice cube tray, cover them with olive oil, and keep them in your freezer for as long as you like.

This way you’ll have herbs on hand for soups, stews, and many other recipes that need a touch of flavor.

5. Lettuce

It’s best to eat lettuce fresh so you can get all of its nutrition. However, it can be frozen when it looks like you won’t use it up before it begins to decompose.

All you have to do is make a pureé with the leaves and a bit of water, which you’ll then freeze into ice cubes.

You can use these lettuce cubes in smoothies and soups to add a boost of flavor and nutrients.

6. Grapes

Grapes are one of the most delicate and easily damaged fruits when they get to a certain level of ripeness.

Luckily, they can be kept in the freezer to be enjoyed in juices, desserts, and even cocktails.

7. Tomatoes

You may have heard that you shouldn’t keep tomatoes in the refrigerator so they don’t lose their nutritional qualities.

However, when they’re too ripe and about to go bad, you can keep them in the freezer to later make into tomato sauce or stews.

8. Cheese

In spite of the fact that it’s not recommended to freeze foods high in fat, cream, and water, many varieties of cheese can be kept longer by freezing them.

The issue is to pick the right cheese, since ricotta and cottage cheese don’t work well in the freezer.

On the other hand, aged cheeses handle temperature changes better. You can store them frozen for a long time.

Ideally, you should freeze them in bigger blocks, so as to preserve their texture and flavor.

Check out this article: How to Make a Blueberry Cheesecake

9. Margarine and butter

Both margarine and butter can be frozen as long as you follow proper food handling guidelines.

It’s important to know that some foods are susceptible to certain pathogens, so they should be stored in airtight containers, separate from other food.

As you can see, freezing is a way to extend the life of many kinds of food that tend to go bad easily. Use this method when you consider it necessary, though it’s best to try to buy moderate amounts at the market so you can eat more of your groceries fresh.