I’ve been trying to limit the number of times that I need to go to the grocery store lately. So, that means that when I shop, I buy larger sizes or more than one item. While that works fine for frozen vegetables, it doesn’t always work well for everything on my grocery list. But, I have learned that there are kitchen essentials you can freeze to use in the future.
Cheese can easily be frozen provided you will be cooking with it and not snacking on it. When you freeze cheese, it tends to become crumbly. So, it’s not as easy to slice to serve on your cheeseboard. But, you can easily shred the cheese and pack it in an airtight container for up to 9 months. When you want to use it, just thaw it in the refrigerator and use it in your favorite cooked recipe.
Bread is another pantry essential that can easily be frozen. Provided the bread is already sliced, it requires no special preparation. Just put the whole loaf of bread in the bag it came in into the refrigerator. Use it within 3 weeks to prevent it from being freezer burned. To freeze it longer than that, wrap it in aluminum foil. If you want to freeze unsliced bread, you should slice it first to make it easier to use when you need it.
Milk can be frozen if you want to stock up. It’s best to purchase milk in a plastic container rather than in cardboard, and you need to take one additional step. Open the jug and pour out about an inch worth of milk. Then, put the top back on and freeze it again. Milk expands when it freezes. So, if you don’t make room in the jug, it will make a mess.
You can also freeze eggs, but not in their shells. First, break the egg into a bowl and scramble it. Freeze a few in a freezer bag. Then, when you want to make an omelet, you can just take the bag out. You can even add the herbs and seasonings to save an extra step before cooking!
Coffee creamer is one thing that I would never want to run out of. All you need to do with coffee creamer is put it in the freezer. Make sure that you write the date on it so you know how long it will be good. It will stay good in the freezer for 4 to 6 months. There’s no need to take any extra steps.