Monday November 19, 2018
Cut down on the amount of food that you throw away and save yourself time and money, by following our 8 easy tips on how to safely freeze leftovers and other food.
1. Cool it, baby! Pretty much anything can be frozen after it has been cooked, as long as you’ve cooled it properly (ideally within 2 hours) before freezing it. Don’t put hot food in your freezer because it will raise its temperature, which can lead to other food defrosting.
2. You’ve got it covered! Whatever food you’re freezing, make sure that you put it in a container with a secure lid or wrap it in cling film to prevent ‘freezer burn’. Meat or fish can be frozen in the tray that it comes in, or tightly wrap it in cling film to stop the juices dripping onto other food in the freezer.
3. No detective skills required! Use labels or a marker pen to write what food it is your freezing and on what date you froze it on. Next time you open your freezer door you won’t have to turn into Inspector Clouseau to work out what's in there.
4. Store it correctly in the first place. It’s OK to freeze food that you've bought that you haven't got around to eating, as long as you’ve followed the instructions on how to store it properly. Always check the label on your food for this information.
5. Don’t always believe your eyes or nose! Sometimes you can tell if food has ‘gone-off’ simply by looking at it or smelling it. But, not all food that looks or smells OK, is OK! The Food Standards Agency advises against eating out of date food because it could contain harmful bacteria that can cause tummy upsets such as diarrhoea and vomiting
6. Go easy on your freezer. Having a freezer that is fully stocked ensures that it runs to its full capacity, whilst saving energy by not overworking it. This is because a full freezer helps to keep in the cold air better than a half-empty one. But, you’ll need to make sure that the air can still circulate around your food, so don’t fill it too full.
7. Portion size matters! When freezing food think about who will be eating it and then you can determine what the portion size should be.
8. Get your cooking freak on. We know that time is precious, but making batches of food and freezing it, is a great way to save you time in the long run. It removes the hassle of having to think about what to cook for tea during the week, especially if you have a busy schedule. And, it means that you’re less likely to stray and make unhealthy food choices because your meals are already made.
If you need inspiration for healthy meals to cook, take a look at our recipes page here https://www.homeis.co.uk/recipes