Have you ever wondered if you can freeze particular foods? Like, can you freeze cheese? Can you freeze milk? What about spinach? If you’ve ever asked yourself or googled these questions, this post is for you! It’s a huge list of all the foods you can freeze.

foods you can freeze

With the cost of groceries these days, it is so important to use everything you bought. Being wasteful and throwing out food that has gone bad, is not ideal, obviously.

That’s why I love my freezer! I use my freezer often to freeze items that are about to go bad. Or to stock up when my store has a crazy good deal on something that my family loves.

How to use your freezer to save money:

  • Buy in bulk: As I mentioned above, I like to stock up on good deals. I buy as much as my budget will allow. But sometimes, I know I won’t be able to use all of it before it goes bad. So into the freezer it goes for another day!
  • Use it for freezer meals: This is also a time saver! I like to double recipes so I can freeze the second meal. I often do this with pasta sauce, pulled pork/chicken and taco meat as well.
  • Store convenience meals: Not the most healthful option, but I like to always have frozen pizzas, chicken nuggets, frozen appetizers and premade meals in the freezer. This has saved us so many times from getting expensive take out!

As you can see, there are many benefits to owning a freezer.

But let’s get on with the good part. Which foods can you freeze that will still taste great once they thaw? Let’s take a look!

Can You Freeze Dairy?

You sure can! Dairy products are some of the foods you can freeze! But one thing to remember, is that the texture is most likely to change after being frozen. So frozen dairy products are best to be used by cooking or mixing into something else.

  • Cheese – Shredded or sliced cheese are best for meal prep. You can freeze a whole block of cheese, but it’s hard to use once it thaws because it just crumbles. (so shredding or slicing before freezing is a smart idea!)
  • Butter – Butter is something that I always stock up on when it’s on sale. It freezes great and ensures I always have some on hand for baking or cooking!
  • Yogurt – Yogurt tubes freeze well and are a different alternative to popsicles! I have found yogurt from containers work well in smoothies, not as a stand alone snack.
  • Cream cheese – The consistency might change on this one. Thaw it slow in the fridge or use it in casseroles that you will be putting in the freezer. I like to use it in my freezer mashed potatoes.
  • Sour cream – Again, the consistency would change, but it’s great in casseroles like freezer mashed potatoes!
  • Milk – You sure can freeze milk! Freeze it right in the jug, or put it into ice cube trays or measure it into increments for your most used recipes. If you freeze it in the jug, unthaw it in the fridge and shake often.
  • Cream – You can freeze and unthaw cream the same way you would with milk.
foods you can freeze

Can you freeze produce?

This might be an obvious one, but there are some produce items that aren’t so obvious!

  • Berries – Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and cranberries all freeze well for smoothies or for sauces.
  • Bananas – No matter how you freeze bananas, they are so good for smoothies and banana bread or banana muffins!
  • Fruit – Cherries, sliced peaches, watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, and even sliced lemons and limes freeze well. Make sure to freeze them on a baking sheet in a single layer and then add them to a freezer bag so they don’t all freeze together in a big clump!
  • Avocados – You can freeze ripe avocados! Freeze them whole, halved, diced, sliced and even mashed (guacamole). This is amazing because they can be so expensive!
  • Vegetables – Peas, onions, peppers, shredded zucchini, squash and mashed pumpkin all freeze well in freezer bags. Vegetables like asparagus, green/yellow beans, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, corn and carrots freeze well after a little blanching.
  • Spinach – Since spinach can get slimy fast, it’s great to know you can put some in a bag and freeze it! Now, it won’t be good to use in a fresh salad, but in a smoothie, lasagna, or casserole…yum!

Can you freeze meats and poultry?

Of course, after you find a good deal in the meat department, you probably go home and freeze most of what you stocked up on, right? This is another no brainer, but with some sneaky protein sources thrown in.

  • Beef – I like to freeze uncooked steaks, roasts and ground beef in freezer bags. A vacuum sealer would be ideal if it’s in the budget! Sometimes, I’ll make up a batch up meatballs and cook them part way, then throw them in the freezer.
  • Chicken – Freeze chicken uncooked or cooked. Pre-cooked rotisserie chicken is also excellent for freezing after you debone and shred it up.
  • Pork – I usually buy pork in a club size pack so by freezing it into smaller portions, I can get a few meals out of one pack.
  • Lunch Meat – I’m not sure how the deli meat from the deli counter would freeze, but I know that the lunch meat that you purchase in the packages freeze well. Pull them out a day or two before you need them so they can thaw in the fridge.
  • Hot dogs/smokies/sausage – I almost always throw these in the freezer right away because they aren’t eaten on a regular basis here. I take them out on an as needed basis.
  • Eggs – Yes! You can freeze eggs! I have frozen scrambled eggs in breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos and egg muffins with success.
  • Fish/seafood – This is another thing that a vacuum sealer would be great for!
  • Cooked beans/lentils – If you make a big batch, freezing extras can be such a time saver for another day!

Be sure to always freeze in meal-sized portions so you don’t thaw too much and have to worry about using it up before it goes bad!

Can you freeze baked goods?

I’m a huge fan of freezing baked goods! Nothing like pulling out some cookies to serve impromptu guests!

  • Cookies – After baking, allow them to cool completely, then place them in a freezer bag to pull out as needed!
  • Muffins/cupcakes – Again, once cooled, I like to wrap these individually in plastic wrap, them add them to a freezer bag.
  • Granola bars – This reminded me that I used to make these delicious homemade granola bars that I would take to work! I would cut them up, then wrap them individually in plastic wrap, put them in a freezer bag and pull one out every day.
  • Bread – Either store bought or homemade, throw them in the freezer. For homemade bread, I would wrap really well in tin foil then place in a freezer bag.
  • Tortillas – I buy mini tortillas from Superstore and they go straight into the freezer for taco night. You could also prep from burritos or quesadillas for lunches.
  • Bagels – Because we like bagels but don’t eat them often, I keep a bag in the freezer so we can pull one out to toast.
  • Pancakes/waffles/French toast – I always make these from scratch and the leftovers always go in a freezer bag so I can pull them out and heat them up in the toaster for easy breakfasts.

Other things you can freeze

  • Flours – I often freeze flours especially when I buy a big bag on sale. When we were exploring food sensitivities with one of my daughters, I always put the specialty flours in the freezer because they can be expensive and I didn’t want them to spoil!
  • Nuts – whole or chopped, nuts freeze well.
  • Poppy seeds – I use poppy seeds for one recipe, Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing, so when I buy a bag, it goes into the freezer.
  • Flax/chia seeds – Freeze these right in their bag. Once opened, add the original bag to a freezer bag for added protection.
  • Herbs – If you have a garden, then I’m sure you have an abundance of herbs. Freezing them can be a great way to preserve them.
  • Soups – Freeze soups in mason jars or freezer bags. Soups with potatoes will most likely change consistency. (the potatoes get grainy.)
  • Sauces – Like soups, freeze sauces in mason jars or freezer bags.
  • Freezer meals – As the name suggests, there are so many recipes out there for freezer meals that you can make at home. Lasagna, chili, shepherds pie, pesto chicken stuffed shells and so much more.

There you have it! A great big list of things you can freeze! What else would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!