Can I freeze it? A to Z guide

Here is a comprehensive list of ingredients and foods and whether they can be frozen.  I've also linked to recipes where possible to show you examples of how the items can be frozen.

This list will be updated over time but I'll write a blog post to alert you to any new items added to the list.


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Apples - peel, core and dice/slice the fruit then stew them in a little water till soft.  Allow to cool then freeze in usable portions for future apple pies or apple crumbles


Apple crumble - freezes well


Asparagus - see 'Vegetables' below



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Baby purees - most purees freeze well
recipes: see the chapter called "Baby Food" in Frost Bite book


Bacon - uncooked bacon freezes well.  I suggest wrapping 2-3 rashers in cling wrap then freezing it, so you can access a single portion whenever you want it.


Bagel - freezes well.  Slice in half before freezing if you like to eat one half at a time at breakfast (like me!)


Bananas - freeze well and can be used for baking (banana cake, banana muffins etc) or in a fruit smoothie.  I prefer to peel them first then place in a ziplock bag in the freezer.  They can be defrosted for baking or used frozen for the smoothies.  If you freeze them in their skins they will be black and very soggy when you defrost them and peel them.


Banana bread and banana cake - freezes well


Beans (green beans, round beans, yellow beans) - see 'Vegetables' below


Beef - freezes well, raw or cooked
recipe: Taco filling


Biscuits and cookies - freezes well, raw or cooked
recipe: Choc chip Anzac biscuits
recipe: Double chocolate and hazelnut cookies


Bread - bread freezes very well, it's best to freeze it when it's fresh


Breadcrumbs - freeze well.  Make breadcrumbs out of leftover, stale bread (particularly sourdough for really good-tasting breadcrumbs) and store in a ziplock bag in the freezer.


Broccoli - see 'Vegetables' below


Brownies and slices - freeze well
recipe: Mars bar and marshmallow slice
recipe: Brownies with cheesecake ripple


Brussels Sprouts - see 'Vegetables' below


Burger patties - freeze well, raw or cooked



Butter - freezes well.  It's handy to have spare butter in the freezer for those who like to bake




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Cakes - most cakes freeze well
recipe: see the "Snack" chapter in the Frost Bite book for cake recipes


Canapes and finger food - alot of canapes can be frozen, especially ones that include pastry or are meat-related.  See the chapter in Frost Bite for lots of ideas including Risotto balls, tartlets etc.
recipePotstickers
recipe: Filo logs with roast capscium, feta and basil


Capsicum (bell pepper) - see 'Vegetables' below


Carrots - raw carrots do NOT freeze well, for cooked carrots see 'Vegetables' below


Carrot cake - freezes well


Casseroles and curries - most freeze well.  Some vegies in the curry might be abit limp after defrosting
recipe: see Chilli con carne, Chicken Stroganoff, or Lamb and apricot tagine in the Frost Bite book


Cauliflower - see 'Vegetables' below


Celeriac - see 'Vegetables' below


Cheese - most cheeses freeze well (cheddar, parmesan, feta, camembert etc).  Note that full-fat cheese freezes better than low-fat.  I have friends with a holiday house and they store cheese in the freezer as they don't live there permanently and don't want the cheese to spoil.  Cottage cheese doesn't freeze well.


Chicken - freezes well, raw or cooked
recipe: Braised chicken with tomatoes, capers and olives
recipe: see the Chicken with coriander peanut pesto, or Soy-glazed chicken skewers in the Frost Bite book


Chutney - freezes well


Citrus fruits (lemon, lime, orange etc) - zest can be frozen (store in small ziplock bags) and juice can be frozen (in icecube trays then transfer to a ziplock bag)


Cookies - freezes well, raw or cooked
recipes: see 'Biscuits' above


Corn (kernels or on the cob) - see 'Vegetables' below


Corn bread and corn fritters - freeze well
recipe: see Cornbread recipe in Frost Bite book


Cottage cheese - does NOT freeze well


Couscous - cooked couscous can be frozen.  It is great for adding to baby food for texture, or you can prepare a couscous salad and freeze it and add any fresh herbs after defrosting.


Croissants - freeze well


Cream - full-fat cream freezes well, low-fat cream does not.  Freeze it in icecube trays or small containers if you only use small amounts at a time.  Stir well when it has defrosted in case it has separated a little


Cream cheese - freezes well, though full-fat dairy freeze better than low-fat dairy


Cream cheese icing/frosting - freezes well


Crepes - freeze well


Cucumber - does NOT freeze well



Cupcakes - freeze well


Curry leaves - freeze well


Custard - does NOT freeze well




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Desserts and puddings - most puddings freeze well
recipe: Sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce


Donuts - freeze well




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Eggs - cooked egg yolks freeze well, cooked egg whites do NOT freeze well (they go rubbery after defrosting)


Egg whites - uncooked egg whites freeze well (I stockpile them until I have enough for a pavlova or meringue)




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Finger buns and sweet pastries - freeze well


Fish - see 'Seafood' below


Fried rice - freezes well




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Gelatine - recipes using gelatine do NOT freeze well


Ginger - fresh ginger can be frozen.  Cut the ginger into chunks and store in a ziplock bag in the freezer, you can then peel it and grate it while frozen.




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Ham - freezes well.  Slice ham before freezing otherwise you'll need to defrost the whole piece of ham.


Herbs - fresh herbs can be frozen, store them in ziplock bags or small containers.  They are suitable for using in a recipe (eg, add to a casserole) but you can't use them as a garnish or in a salad as they'll be soggy and limp after defrosting


Hot cross buns - freeze well (separate them before freezing to make it easier to get one at a time)




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Icing for cakes - most icings freeze well (be careful with decorations on the icing because if they are coloured you may find the colour runs when the cakes are defrosting)




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Jams and chutneys - freeze well




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Kaffir lime leaves - freeze well




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Lamb - freezes well, raw or cooked
recipe: see the Chermoula lamb and couscous recipe in Frost Bite book




Lamingtons - freeze well




Lasagne - freezes well, raw or cooked
recipe: see Eggplant and roasted pumpkin lasagne in Frost Bite book




Leeks - see 'Vegetables' below



Lemons - see 'citrus fruits'


Lettuce - does NOT freeze well


Limes - see 'citrus fruits'




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Mango - mango flesh can be sliced and frozen.  Great for adding to fruit smoothies


Margarine - freezes well


Marshmallows - store-bought marshmallows generally freeze well.  Homemade marshmallows contain gelatin which doesn't freeze well


Mayonnaise - does NOT freeze well


Meat - leftover cooked chicken, beef, lamb and pork can be sliced and frozen.  Great for sandwiches in the future.


Meat, raw meat in marinade - freezes well but marinades with alot of soy sauce don't freeze well.  Read here for more details: Marinating, Freezing, Barbequing


Meatballs - freezes well, raw or cooked


Meatloaf - freezes well, raw or cooked


Meringues - freeze well.  They can be eaten straight from the freezer
recipe: Mini pavlovas


Milk - freezes well.  Don't freeze milk in glass bottles but plastic bottles are fine.  Give it a good shake after it has defrosted.


Muffins - freeze well
recipe: Banana and choc chip muffins


Mushrooms - Mushrooms can be frozen, either raw or cooked, by following the following steps.

For raw mushrooms: clean the mushrooms and leave whole or chop/slice them.  Toss in some lemon juice (about 1 tablesp per 500g of mushrooms) to prevent discolouring.  Store in ziplock bags or plastic containers and freeze for up to 1 month.  Cook from frozen by adding them to your recipe or cook in a saucepan/frypan.

For cooked mushrooms: fry the mushrooms in some butter and/or oil for a few minutes then allow to cool.  Store in ziplock bags or containers and freezer for up to 3 months.  You can then add the frozen mushrooms to your recipes as required.



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Nachoes - the filling for the naches (beef or bean/vegetable filling) freezes well
recipe: Vegetarian nachoes




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Onions - see 'Vegetables' below




Oranges - see 'citrus fruits'





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Pancakes and pikelets - freeze well
recipe: Blueberry pancakes in Frost Bite book


Pasta - uncooked filled pasta such as ravioli (store-bought or homemade) freeze well.


Pasta bakes or lasagne - freezes well, uncooked or cooked


Pavlova - freezes well, though small pavlovas are less likely to be broken or crushed in the freezer
recipe: Mini pavlovas


Pears - peel, core and dice/slice the fruit then stew them in a little water till soft.  Allow to cool then freeze in usable portions for future pies or crumbles


Peas - see 'Vegetables' below


Pesto - freezes well.  Freeze in icecube trays then transfer them to a ziplock bag
recipe: Basil pesto


Pizza - freezes well, uncooked or cooked.  Slices of leftover pizza freeze well for lunchboxes.
recipe: Lamb pide
recipe: Roast pumpkin and tomato pizza


Pork - freezes well, raw or cooked


Potatoes, baby - see 'Vegetables' below


Prawns - freeze well, raw or cooked.  


Pumpkin - see 'Vegetables' below



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Quesadillas - freeze well but be careful with the fillings (check 'sandwiches' for freezer-friendly fillings)
recipe: Bean, corn and spinach quesadilla in Frost Bite book


Quiche - freezes well





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Rice - cooked rice freezes well


Ricotta cheese - freezes quite well though you may find some the watery substance separate a little from the solid substance.  You can stir it into the cheese or pour it off.


Risotto - freezes OK but it's not as nice as freshly made risotto.  Leftover risotto can frozen for a quick dinner in the future if you're not fussed about it being a perfectly cooked risotto.


Risotto balls - freeze well





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Sandwiches - lots of sandwich fillings freeze well.  Read here for lots of ideas: Tips for making and freezing sandwiches



Scones - freeze well
recipe: see the Cheesy scone recipe in Frost Bite book


Seafood - freezes well when raw.  I rarely freeze cooked seafood.
recipe: see Fish with herb crust and roasted capsicum sauce in the Frost Bite book
recipe: see Ginger spiced fish with cosucous in the Frost Bite book


Smoked salmon - freezes well.  Buy up big when it's on sale and keep in the freezer.


Snow Peas (mangetout) and Sugar Snap Peas - see 'Vegetables' below


Soup - most soups freeze well, even creamy soups (given them a good stir when reheating)


Squash - see 'Vegetables' below


Sweet potato (kumera) - see 'Vegetables' below




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Tarts, sweet and savoury - most tarts freeze well.  Tarts with custard fillings may not freeze too well
recipe: Zucchini and cherry tomato tart


Tortillas - freeze well


Tomatoes - raw tomatoes DO NOT freeze well.  Cooked tomatoes such as slow-roasted tomatoes freeze well.


Tomato paste - freezes well




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Vegetables - lots of vegetables such as asparagus, beans (green, yellow, flat beans),broccoli, brussel sprouts, capscicums (bell peppers), carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, corn (on the cob or cut corn), leeks, onions, peas, baby potatoes, pumpkin, snow peas (mangetout), sugar snap peas, squash, sweet potatoes (kumera), zucchini (courgettes) and sweet potatoes can be frozen after they have been blanched.  Click here for detailed instructions.


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Waffles - freeze well


Wine - freezes well and can be used in recipes in the future.  Great to know if you have leftover wine and don't want to waste it.




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Yoghurt and yoghurt sauces - commercial yoghurts can be frozen as they have a stabiliser added, however homemade yoghurts will separate when thawed as they don't contain a stabliser.  Here's a good link on freezing yoghurt sauces.




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Zucchini (courgette) - see 'Vegetable' above

Zucchini slice - freezes well




17 comments:

  1. Hi, great list and thanks heaps! Quick question...you said raw carrot doesn't freeze well....what about grated carrot - ie inside a sandwhich?? Thanks!
    Sonia

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    1. Hi Sonia. Grated carrot will go mushy when it defrosts so it will make the sandwich go soggy. You could add some grated carrot (and any other salad ingredients) to the sandwich when you pull it out of the freezer then re-wrap.

      Thanks for dropping me a line.

      Susan
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  2. Thamnk you so much for this list - amazing what can be frozen! Invaluable for a single person. Thanks again.

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    1. Glad you like it, Mari. I'll update it from time to time so check in if you're wondering about a certain food or ingredient.

      Susan
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  3. Hi,
    Could I freeze potato bake?
    Should I cook it before hand?
    Thanks

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    1. Hi Mara.

      Yes, you can freeze potato bake. I tried to freeze an uncooked potato bake but the potato went a hideous shade of grey, so I don't recommend it!

      You can half-cook it or fully-cook it then freeze it. Up to you. But if it's fully cooked you will need to cover the top with foil when you reheat it otherwise it will be dark brown or burnt on top.

      Susan x

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  4. Hi Susan,

    This is an amazing list. I've been thinking of making some freezer meals. At the moment I'm good with freezing waffles, piklets, bolognese and roasted veggies, but I'm a bit stumped as to how to go about freezing complete meals - until I stumbled across this website. Thanks for all the tips. I was reading about freezing tomatoes, I freeze raw tomatoes all the time when they are on sale, they are $10kg at the moment in Melbourne so I good thing I did too. They are good for cooking later in sauces and soups, but I definitely wouldn't eat them raw!

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    1. Hi Mel,

      I'm glad you found me too. I'm sure you'll be freezing more than bolognaise/waffles/piklets/vegies in no time!

      Thanks for the tip about tomatoes. It's great to get vegies when in season as they're cheaper and better quality. Now you'll need a bigger freezer to store everything!

      Susan x

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  5. Hi Susan,

    I was wondering if you can freeze vanilla slice?

    Thank you

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    1. Hi Anon

      A vanilla slice should freeze though if it contains gelatine then it may not freeze too well. Also, you will need to watch the pastry as it may so a little soggy after defrosting. An easy (thou not very scientific) process is to freeze one piece and see how it turns out.

      Let me know how it goes,
      Susan x

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  6. Hi Susan,

    Could you advise whether a stir fry can be frozen, with a homemade marinade and beansprouts?

    If this is possible to freeze without losing the flavour or texture, would you advise freezing it all raw and then defrosting whilst cooking in the wok or would a full defrost have to happen before cooking?

    thanks for your help!

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  7. Hi Elinor

    Thanks for your question and sorry for my slow reply.

    You can freeze the meat with the stir-fry sauce and the meat will enjoy the extra time to marinate but I don't recommend adding any vegetables before freezing. Allow the mixture to defrost in the fridge then stir-fry it in a wok and add fresh vegies during the cooking.

    I find that soy sauce doesn't freeze so make sure there isn't too much soy sauce in the marinade.

    Hope that helps,
    Susan x

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  8. I have cooked a chicken and mushroom pie (puff pastry) but have made far too much, can i freeze this?

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  9. Hello Susan

    Does fresh, grated coconut freeze well, and if so how do I go about it?

    And what about tinned coconut milk and coconut cream?
    I should just give it a try as ice cubes of coconut milk could be handy in cocktail recipes (Pina Coladas) that only require a small amounts. What are your thoughts?

    Thanks
    Deb

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    1. Hi Deb

      Sorry for my slow response, I didn't realise your comment was waiting approval for publishing.

      Yes, you can freeze grated coconut. I haven't tried it (I don't seem to use recipes that ask for fresh coconut) but I have read that it freezes well.

      And yes, you can freeze coconut milk and coconut cream. They will separate when frozen so make sure you give them a good stir/shake when defrosted to return it to normal.

      thanks, Susan

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  10. hi, can I freeze whipped cream that's already applied to a cake or do you suggest freezing the cake and applying the whipped cream before serving? thanks a lot for your help!

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    1. Hi Ash,

      Yes, you can decorate a cake with whipped cream then freeze it. I must admit I normally add the cream after a cake has defrosted (old habits die hard) but a good friend of mine always keeps a Victoria sponge, complete with jam and whipped cream, in the freezer for unexpected guests. She says the cream is just fine after defrosting.

      Hope that helps,

      thanks
      Susan

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