Sainsbury’s urges shoppers to freeze EGGS which can extend their shelf life

Dairy products

Cheese – Once grated, cheese can be stored in the freezer and easily added on top of dishes. Store it in a reusable freezer bag or reusable container.

Yogurt – Instead of letting leftover yogurt go to waste, just pour it onto a baking sheet lined with non-stick parchment paper, spread on some leftover fruit, and you have yogurt crust to munch on. Once frozen, the crust can be broken into large pieces and stored in reusable freezer bags.

Eggs – You can freeze raw eggs, just break them individually into resealable containers. If you will need only the yolks or whites for a particular recipe, you can freeze them separately.

Fruit

Pineapple – When a whole fruit is larger than the portion you want to eat, freezing is a great way to reduce waste and save the rest for later. Cut a pineapple into bite-size pieces and freeze the portions in reusable containers or reusable freezer bags.

Raspberries – Any kind of berry can be popped into the freezer, for easy addition to smoothies, cakes, or crumbles. Store them in reusable freezer bags or reusable containers.

Grapes – Instead of letting leftover grapes go bad, freeze them for healthy alternatives to boiled candy by eating them straight from the freezer. Store snack-sized portions in reusable freezer bags or stacked in reusable containers.

Vegetables

Bell Peppers: Slice a variety of bell peppers and freeze in reusable freezer bags; when making stir-fries or fajitas, you can pour a mixture directly into the pan.

Fresh herbs: Instead of letting fresh herbs go bad and throwing them away, chop them up and add them to an ice cube tray with a little olive oil. This way you will be able to easily add them to any dish you are preparing in the future.

Zucchini – You can grate leftover zucchini to add to omelettes, savory muffins, and more! Just shred it and place it in a reusable freezer bag or reusable container.

Meat and fish

Ground Meat – When freezing meat, most people just throw it right into the freezer in the packaging it came in. However, if it is frozen flat, it can be stored much more compactly, allowing you to pack a lot more into your freezer. Remove ground beef from packaging and freeze in reusable freezer bags.

Salmon – If your salmon is approaching its expiration date, cut larger salmon pieces into smaller portions and store in reusable freezer bags.

Chicken – Before freezing chicken, dice and place in a reusable freezer bag. This will save time when cooking!

wardrobe items

Chickpeas – Provided they are properly dried, canned chickpeas can be portioned and frozen in reusable freezer bags for easy addition to curries, stews, or thawed and blended to make hummus.

Coconut Milk – If a recipe calls for only half a can, the rest can be decanted into ice cube trays for easy addition to future curries or soups.

Coffee – We can all relate to making a coffee and forgetting to drink it all before it gets cold. In this situation, most people flush it down the sink, but instead it can be frozen in ice cube trays and used to power future iced coffees.

Bakery

Croissants: Not many people realize that you can freeze croissants after baking. Did you have some cakes left over after a buffet breakfast? Cut them up and place in reusable freezer bags to use in future bread and butter pudding recipes.

Bread: Separate bread slices and place two slices in a reusable freezer bag. This way, all the slices won’t stick together and you’ll be able to thaw the perfect amount to make a sandwich.

Scones: Bake a whole batch of scones, but don’t want to eat them all at once? Simply place them in reusable freezer bags or reusable containers.

What to NOT freeze

Cream-based soups or sauces: due to the likelihood of splitting/separating

Reheated Rice: Rice is fine to freeze, thaw, and reheat once, but after that it shouldn’t be frozen and reheated multiple times.

Cream – Plain cream can be frozen, but it tends to separate which changes the texture considerably, though you can try blending or stirring to try to mix some of the separation back up. Double cream freezes best, especially if you whip it first.

Hard-boiled eggs: Eggs should be frozen raw, either whole or separated into yolk and white. Hard boiled eggs do not freeze well because the white becomes rubbery and the texture changes.

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