Everyday Cheapskate: How to Freeze Eggs, Dairy Products and More
Milk may be frozen for as long as three months, provided the sealed container is frozen prior to the "best before" date. Skim and low-fat milk freeze better than whole milk. Thaw frozen milk in the refrigerator. The milk will still have the same nutrients, but it may separate. If it does, shake well, and consume as soon as possible.
Hard cheese freezes well, but it changes the texture, making it nearly impossible to slice. Frozen cheese is great for cooking and to grate. Hint: Grate first, and then freeze.
Fresh beef roasts and steaks can be frozen for up to one year if wrapped well to retard freezer burn; pork and lamb up to six months.
You can freeze bacon, hot dogs, cooked ham, luncheon meats and sausage for up to two months before these items begin to lose quality and taste.
Whole turkey, chicken, duck and goose can be frozen for up to one year. Poultry pieces, however, should be used within nine months.
All-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, cornmeal and other baking staples, including baking powder and baking soda, stay fresh and bug-free indefinitely in the freezer. You will experience no change of texture or taste. Even better? You can ignore the expiration dates.
COFFEE AND TEA
Storing coffee beans in the freezer has long been the method of choice to preserve freshness. But die-hard coffee lovers tell us to never freeze coffee beans or grinds because it changes the flavor from fresh to "freezer-stale." However, no one argues that freezing leftover brewed coffee in ice cube trays to make blended coffee drinks or iced coffee is a great idea. Freeze leftover tea in the same manner and you'll have "ice" for your iced tea that will not dilute the drink.
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