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freezer hacks

LIVE WISE 







Freezing foods can really help in the war against the bin, so long as you freeze them right.
Follow these top tips to freeze right every time.

Milk

Milk


It's fine to freeze it in the carton
but do pour a little out (for
example, into a cup of tea) 
before freezing to leave room
for expansion. Defrost in the
fridge and shake well before 
using. Alternatively freeze in ice
cube trays ready to pop straight
into a cuppa.

Eggs

Eggs


Crack eggs and separate yolks
and whites into separate plastic containers or food bags before freezing - handy for baking. Alternatively beat eggs before freezing - great for omelettes
and scrambled eggs. Put in an airtight container and note the 
number of eggs you’ve used.

Bread

Bread


Sliced bread can be used straight from the freezer. Loosely tap sliced loaves on the worktop before freezing to help slices come apart when taking out of the freezer.

Fruit

Fruit


Slice lemons and limes, put in a 
bag and freeze ready for summer cocktails. Freeze grapes and strawberries too for a quirky take 
on ice cubes.

Potatoes

Potatoes


For perfect roasties, boil potatoes 
for about five minutes before freezing. Thaw overnight and 
roast the next day. Mashed 
potato freezes well too.

Chillis

Chillies


Freeze whole and chop while 
frozen to add heat to dishes 
such as omelettes, curries and 
chilli con carne.

Cheese

Cheese


Grate Cheddar then freeze it 
ready to top pizza or shepherd’s 
pie. Blue cheeses such as Stilton 
can be frozen and defrosted well. 
Avoid soft cheese as freezing changes the texture.

Cauliflower/broccoli cheese

Cauliflower/
broccoli cheese

Make a big batch and divide into individual portions before freezing - it's a great way to use up these veg 
if you've bought too much, or to rescue florets that aren't going to 
last much longer.

Meat

Meat


Freeze leftover meat as well 
as individual sausages, slices 
of bacon, chops and so on 
in greaseproof paper so they 
don't stick.

Frozen fruit & veg

Frozen fruit and veg


Buy frozen fruit and veg in store and take out just the amount you need. ‘Peas, broad beans, broccoli, sweetcorn, vegetable medley, cauliflower florets, butternut squash and Brussels sprouts are all good options,’ says senior Waitrose nutritionist Emma Williams.