Monday, January 30, 2012

Freezer Queen

I sometimes refer to myself as a bit of a freezer queen. I freeze anything and everything (well almost). It may seem common knowledge to most, but there are still alot of people around that don't use their freezing power to the full extent that they should. 

So here are my best tips for saving money & reducing waste by freezing the simple things that tend to get thrown away. These are all tried and tested common practices in our own home.

1. Don't waste the contents of CANNED FOODS: weigh the left over contents in a snap lock bag, then mark the weight and date. No need for waste. These can include: tinned tomatoes, soups, beans, etc.

2. Don't let FRESH HERBS go to waste: My most favorite freezing trick. Pick, wash and preferably de-stem any bunch of herbs that you have. Place in a freezer bag and pop in the freezer. BUT THIS IS THE BEST BIT * Pull the bag out of the freezer, work quickly while the leaves are still frozen and bash the bags contents on the bench. All of the frozen leaves smash and you have perfect fresh finely chopped herbs. Works perfect with basil, parsley, mint, oregano.

3. CAKES AND SWEETS: It may come as a surprise to you that with almost ALL of my baking once a cake has cooled in my house, it is cut into quarters and frozen for when guests come around. Freezing is the best way to ensure freshness every time you want to enjoy AND you never have those last wasted pieces. My boys and husband aren't huge sweet fans. So I can still indulge in baking and have something yummy when the occasion calls for it. Works great with Pulla, Cake, Pikelets, Cakey Slices, Muffins, not so much cupcakes cause the wrappers come off. 

4. FREEZING MEALS: This is just commonsense. Make a big batch and freeze. We only ever make Bolognaise (spelling?) in a HUGE batch, so that we always have a freezer stocked with the stuff. I also love making a huge batch of Potato Mash: this stuff freezes great it you use cream instead of milk to mash. PERFECT for a super fast side to a meal. I go straight from freezer to microwave with this.

5. Does your TOMATO PASTE always get thrown out before you can finish it? If you can start to freeze just one thing, this is it! Empty the whole jar into a snap lock bag. Seal it and lay flat on the bench. Smooth out so that the contents are flat like a pancake. Lay flat in the freezer and simply break off what you need when you are cooking ~ so great!

6. PARMESAN CHEESE is expensive, freeze it. Grate or slice from frozen, easy! This also works for any of your standard block cheeses.

7. I rarely use GINGER so peeled and froze mine, so I can easily grate some when needed. Saves money!

8. FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES are not worth wasting, when you have a veggie garden you can get alot of excess too. Squeeze lemons and oranges: freeze the juice. Peel and chop vegetables and freeze: worked well for pumpkin, onions, carrots, shallots, beans and peas. Mulberries and berries freeze well. Bananas are great to freeze when too far gone to eat, perfect for cakes and muffins! Excess tomatoes are great diced and frozen ready to add to meals.

9. Lastly, our BREAD is also another thing that goes straight into the freezer. Defrost when pieces are needed, you never have waste and always have fresh bread :-)

I hope that even just one of these tips have inspired you to use your freezer more and reduce waste in your kitchen. 

I would love to hear any other things you might freeze.


  1. Love it! Never thought to freeze tomato paste, I always have left-overs that end up in the bin. Thanks for the great tips Skye! Now i'll need a bigger freezer:-/

  2. i totally under use my freezer. Never thought of freezing most of this stuff. Never will I waste fresh herbs again! Brilliant tip.
    One blog just read (about 5 mins before this)suggested making the kids school sandwiches up and freezing the weeks worth.

    1. Ah yes, I have only read about that lately too. I will definitely be trying the sandwiches next week. I will be freezing pre-made salami and cheese sandwiches so we will see how that goes :-)

  3. Great work Sky! Fantastic ideas, I freeze diced veges like onions, pumpkin etc (if I buy a big lot and they start to look sad before Ive used them up), turn my crusts into bread crumbs and freeze them, old bananas for an emergency banana cake are a great idea. :) I should freeze lime or lemon juice into ice cubes as I wasted a few limes this summer.


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