Avos, chips, cheese: foods you can freeze to keep fresh for longer

By Samantha Luiz
01 June 2016

As the economy becomes more unpredictable, buying in bulk makes even more sense. Not only is it considerably cheaper, it will also save you frequent trips to the supermarket!

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While it's easier to store dry goods, you might shy away from buying fresh produce in bulk because these foods tend to spoil quickly.

But if done the right way, did you know that you could freeze milk and eggs?

Here are some surprising foods that you can store in your freezer, saving you a lot of money.

1. Milk

Yes, you can freeze milk! If your milk is nearing its expiry date, you can store it in the freezer for later use. While thawed milk won't make for great drinking as freezing affects the texture and flavour, it can be used for cooking. For example, you could cook your oats in milk instead of water for a more nutrition-packed meal. Because milk expands, remember to leave some space in the container before popping it in the freezer or it will burst!

2. Cheese

If your hard cheese is about to spoil, you could grate it before storing it in an airtight Tupperware container. Another option is to slice before storing it in separate packets.

3. Eggs You can store eggs without shells in the freezer. You could separate the yolks from whites before storage, or you can crack and beat some eggs into a Tupperware to be later used for omelettes or scrambled eggs. 4. Wine

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Got some leftover wine? Pour it in an ice cube tray and pop it in the freezer. The cubes will come in handy when making your favourite sauce. Also, if you hate the taste of warm wine, you could always put one of these cubes in your glass, chilling your drink without diluting the taste! 5. Fresh corn Did you know that you can freeze mealies? So as not to affect their sweetness, blanch them in water for about 3-5 minutes then store them in a zip-lock bag to be enjoyed in the coldest of winter nights! 6. Avocados

Who knew that you could freeze avocados? Like milk, thawed avos aren't so great for eating on their own. But they still make for amazing an guacamole or dip. Make sure to half and peel them before storing them as halves. You could also puree them with a bit of lemon or lime before freezing.

7. Butter

For people who try to reduce their butter intake as much as possible, buying in bulk doesn't make much sense. On the contrary, don't walk past that special at the supermarket. Pop it in an airtight Tupperware container and use when baking. If the block is quite big, you could grate it when needed (instead of defrosting it all).

8. Bananas

Yes, brown bananas suck. But before you chuck them out, consider storing them in the freezer to be later used for baking banana bread, for example.

9. Potatoes

Yes, the freezer. If your potatoes are starting to sprout, this could be a handy way to prevent wastage. However, before you do, make sure you boil them for about five minutes and give them time to cool down.

10. Chips

Finally, a way to prevent that open bag of chips from going stale.

Put potato chips in the freezer in the original package. When you're ready to munch, remove from the freezer and place on the counter to “thaw”. They'll last in the freezer for about three months!

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