Ice, Ice, Baby: The Do's and Don'ts of Freezing Foods

Here’s a tongue twister for you: the too often forgotten freezer. It’s ideal for preserving ingredients that may otherwise go to waste and it saves time and money. So in an effort to make it easier to utilize your freezer, I’ve created this list of do’s and don’ts to answer all of  your subzero questions!

Do:

  • Use only freezer-friendly materials like steel, glass or silicone

  • Freeze liquids in straight-sided containers.  Liquids expand when frozen and the sides of round-sided containers are more prone to rupturing in a freezer’s cold climate

  • Allow plenty of room (at least 1-2 inches) at the top of containers for contents to expand when freezing

  • Allow hot items, like broth or soup, to cool before freezing.  Then, when placed in the freezer, leave the tops of the containers off until the contents are completely frozen - this provides the contents with space to expand

  • Label your goods and date the bottom

Don’t:

  • Freeze things in plastic. There is some evidence that plastic is porous and therefore can leach chemicals into food when brought to extreme high or low temperatures, such as  cooking or freezing. Safer storage options include steel, glass or silicone containers.

  • Store in round glass containers (I have listed several below)

  • Overfill your containers. Since the contents will expand when freezing, overfilling may lead to a container bursting. You’ll have to throw out whatever you were storing - what a mess and a waste!

Shop My Favorite Items for Safe & Mess-Free Freezing:

 
 

Ball 32oz Smooth-Sided Mason Jars

I like to buy plastic storage caps for them, since the metal lids they come with can rust.

 

Ball 16oz Smooth-Sided Mason Jars

 

Ball 8Oz Mason Jars

 

Ball 4oz Quilted Crystal Jelly Jars

Perfect for freezing small amounts of citrus juices or herb oils. The regular mouth plastic lids also fit on them. 

 

Peak Silicone Ice Cube Trays

Crafted from silicone and steel, they’re freezer, dishwasher, microwave and oven-safe and come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors!

 

Tivolo’s Plasic-Free Freezer Trays

Perfect for molding all kinds of attractive designs. I’d recommend their Specialty Ice Mold for Cocktails if you’re bartending!

 
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