Love Your Freezer ❄️

Rebecca Wilson, passionate about recycling across South Yorkshire
Rebecca Wilson
16 Jun 2023

You can safely freeze food right up to the use-by date and can defrost it in the fridge when you want to eat it. You can freeze almost any food as long as they don’t have high water content (e.g. lettuce, cucumbers).

Below are some foods you can keep in your freezer to help cut down on food waste.

Love your freezer

Fruit- you can freeze almost any type of fruit including sliced apples, sliced bananas, sliced oranges, strawberries and blueberries. You can use them as a delicious dessert topper or blend them to make a healthy smoothie.


Vegetables- Many vegetables can be frozen including broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and beans. Swapping fresh for frozen vegetables is also a great way to cut down on food waste. It can even save you time as many frozen vegetables come pre prepaid you can just grab as much as you need each time you cook.


Potatoes- If you have leftovers after dinner, portion them out and pop them in the freezer for another day. This works well with mash, roasties, jackets and even chips. If your potatoes are uncooked, boil them for about 5 minutes and freeze them for another day. Thaw them overnight when you need them before cooking.


Cheese- Grate your cheese, place it in a resealable bag and freeze it. You can just grab a handful whenever you need some for pasta, pizza or topping a cottage pie.


Bread- You can freeze all varieties of bread. To make it easier to separate bread slices after freezing, tap your loaf gently on a work surface before you put it in the freezer. Slices from a frozen loaf can be defrosted as needed or toasted straight from the freezer.


Meat, poultry and fish – Raw meat can be frozen right up to the use-by date. Once defrosted, do not refreeze but it can be frozen again after it has been cooked.


For more information on food storage and what foods you can freeze, visit the Love Food Hate Waste A-Z of storage here.

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