There are so many foods you can freeze; this is certainly not an inclusive list.
If you read my post about how the chickens stole my tomatoes, and I don’t have a garden this year, then you know I cannot say I am reaping in my own harvest. While I don’t just freeze what I grow anyway, I like to buy produce on special, and then freeze the extra. Because, let’s face it, in the bulk organic produce world, we shop seasonally.
When it comes to fall produce, in particular, I like to store up squash and other items in the freezer to use through the winter. There is nothing like a tomato pumpkin or squash soup on a cold winter day. But, as the produce comes off the vine, it remains inexpensive until the stock runs out. I really like to purchase bulk produce like this through Azure Standard. I also buy quite a bit of meat from Zaycon Fresh.
Plus, some meals can be made ahead of time, and placed in the freezer for quick pull-outs on a busy day.
How to freeze your food
There are many ways to freeze your produce and left overs, as well as anything else you want saved for later.
Puree foods then freeze.
You can puree herbs into a pesto to freeze, or even cooked beans into a bean dip. Other foods that can be pureed with a food processor might be tomatoes, salsa, bread crumbs, or other vegetables such as cooked squash. Freeze smaller portions of herbs and pureed garlic in ice cube trays then pop them out later into a bag for freezing.
Shred your whole foods
I love shredding carrots or parsnips to place in a freezer bag for quick use in a recipe. You can also shred large chunks of cheese for frozen storage. All of these can be used in a pinch.
Freeze whole or chunks foods
Be lazy and place whole strawberries, nuts or chunks of bananas in a ziploc and place them in the freezer. Cut up chunks of meat and place them in a bag for freezing and later use in a recipe. Cut cheese into chunks and freeze these as well. As I stated above, you can also just stick half or whole portions of cooked or raw squash in a Ziploc bag and freeze.
My favorite way to freeze liquids is in recycled jars or plastic containers. I always leave about a 1 inch head space for the liquid to expand during freezing. I freeze broth, soups, salsa, and pureed tomatoes this way. When I am able to buy raw milk, I also place whole milk jugs in the freezer for later use and to reduce spoilage. Liquids too, can be pulled out and quickly defrosted for soups or other recipes.
Freeze casseroles or leftovers.
You can place whole casseroles, cooked or uncooked into the freezer. Saving portions of leftovers into smaller containers for freezing also helps you when you have no time to cook. This works in containers or Ziploc bags.
Foods you can freeze
There are actually more than you realize, and who knows, maybe there is a food here that you weren’t thinking of. When I buy foods like squash, I lay them out on a baking sheet and stick them in the oven at about 350 degrees for an hour or so. No checking required. You can do this at the kids bedtime and then cool them off, slice them in half and stick them in a Ziploc. This takes so little time!
With things like tomatoes, I just place the whole tomatoes in Ziplocs and place them in the freezer. You can freeze so many foods like this, saving time and money.
Whole garlic cloves
Sections of cooked or raw pumpkin or squash
Whole cherries, blackberries, blueberries and cranberries
Shredded or chopped zucchini
Sliced or shredded sweet potatoes
Fruit or vegetable purees
Sliced or chopped eggplant
Sliced or shredded carrots
Citrus, like whole limes, lemons or oranges
Whole ears of corn (After boiling 3-5 minutes)
Bread, rice and quinoa
Cooked breads, even Paleo breads
Fresh flour of any sort (wheat, gluten-free or almond meal)
Pies and pie dough
Pasta (even the gluten free kind!)
Large containers of soup, or stew
Meat and Dairy
Raw or pre-cooked meats
Beef or chicken stock
Containers of milk, almond or cow’s milk
Fresh squeezed juice
Herbs in ice cube trays of water, oil, or stock
Tomato sauce or paste
Other odd items
Jams and jellies
List other foods you can freeze!
You may know of some other foods you can freeze, which I haven’t listed. Go ahead and list them! The idea is to list things that freeze well, or prepare them in a usable form, once you defrost them.