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How to Freeze Anything

How to Freeze Anything

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From meat to produce to dairy products, you can add months of shelf life to fresh foods by properly storing them in the freezer

To prevent freezer burn, as seen on these berries, store clean and dry berries in an airtight freezer bag.

Do you sometimes find yourself with a fridge full of food that you know you just can’t finish before it expires? We’ve been there too. You buy this and that with the intentions of cooking all week, but all too often life gets in the way, and perfectly good food is left spoiling on your shelves.

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Instead of contributing to the shameful 40 percent of our food supply that Americans dump into landfills each year, according to the NRDC, try giving foods a longer shelf life by freezing them.

Most fruits can last frozen anywhere from eight to 12 months. You can keep lean breads for up to six months in the freezer, while quick breads, like muffins and biscuits, will keep for up to three months. Additionally, take the shelf life of vegetables from days in the fridge to almost a year in the freezer.

Remember to always cool your foods before you freeze them, always thaw food properly (in the fridge not on the counter), and to prevent freezer burn, remove as much air as possible from the bag or wrap in which you are freezing your food.

Read on for more tips on the best ways to freeze anything from fresh produce to meats to dairy products.

Do you find that you can never finish a loaf of bread before mold takes over? Refrigerating breads tends to dry them out quickly.. Instead, freeze breads and add anywhere from two to six months of shelf life to your favorite grain products.

For enriched breads, like muffins, biscuits, and banana bread, store in an airtight freezer bag, or tightly wrapped in plastic wrap. Your loaves and muffins will keep for two to three months stored in the freezer.

Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.

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