Summer barbecues and evenings spent with friends means you’ll probably find yourself with plenty of leftovers on hand.
And while an easy solution is to store unused food in the freezer, not all foods freeze well.
Some can become ruined by freezing or worse potentially make you sick if refrozen once thawed.
To make the job easier,
Foods that don’t do well in the freezer include avocado as it’s thought the fruit loses its silky texture when thawed (stock image)
There are two schools of thought surrounding whether its possible to freeze avocados.
One says like most fruits, they freeze well. Simply chop it in half and remove the stone or mash it up and pop it into a bag with a dash of lemon to keep the flavour intact.
On the other hand, publications such as Delish believe avocados shouldn’t be frozen. It said the fruit loses its silky texture when thawed as well as some of its delicate flavour.
Once you’ve taken meat, seafood or chicken out of the freezer you will need to cook it as it can’t be refrozen (stock image)
2. Thawed food such as meat, seafood and chicken
Once foods such as meat, seafood and chicken have thawed, they will need to be eaten.
These foods can’t be refrozen for future use because as they defrost bacteria grows and by freezing food again you could potentially be locking in dangerous bacteria.
There is an exception to this. If these sorts of foods have been thawed in a fridge that’s running at 5°C or below it’s possible to refreeze,
Freezing leftover pasta portions might seem like a good way to avoid wastage but on defrosting you may find you end up with noodles which have absorbed too much water
3. Cooked pasta
If you have leftover pasta, it can be tempting to freeze a portion for use at a later date.
Avoid putting soft cheeses like Camembert in the freezer if you don’t want to ruin the texture
However, once you’ve defrosted it, you may end up with noodles which have absorbed too much water and have become tasteless.
One way around this is rather than thaw noodles before using, simply pop them into a pot of boiling salted water for a few moments to revive and re-drain.
4. Soft cheeses
While hard cheeses such as cheddar freeze well, soft cheeses including brie, Camembert, goats’ cheese and ricotta don’t.
Delish explains these sorts of cheeses will separate if they’re frozen and their texture will change when thawed.
Other cheeses that do well in the freezer include Parmesan, gouda and Swiss.
If you have fried foods left over from a party, you’re probably best putting these in the fridge or tossing them out all together if you don’t think you’re going to eat
What foods should you freeze?
Fruit: Especially berries, peeled citrus and bananas, stone fruits, apples, pears and grapes
Meat: Especially steaks, burger patties, mince, chicken thighs and breasts (as long as they haven’t been frozen and then thawed)
Fresh herbs: Coriander, basil, sage, marjoram and chives fare better frozen into water or oil ice cubes
Vegetables: All manner of veggies fresh, cooked and pureed can be frozen. Freeze pureed veggies such as pumpkin or sweet potato into ice cube trays
If you have too much milk, popping the excess in the freezer seems like a logical solution, one that prevents it from spoiling before its use by date.
But doing so could result in milk, once thawed, that’s lumpy and not ideal for use in drinks or for cereal.
There’s no need to throw it out. Despite its changed texture, defrosted milk can be used in cooking without any problem.
6. Fried foods
If you have fried foods left over from a party, you’re probably best putting these in the fridge or tossing them out altogether if you don’t think you’re going to eat.
Attempting to freeze these sorts of foods is pointless as any crispiness your fried treats may have had when hot will simply become a soggy mess once frozen and thawed.
If you have chicken or crumbed fish, you could potentially strip off toppings and freeze these.
Cooked chips won’t survive in the freezer. However, freezer chips from the supermarket are fine.
Cucumbers contain too much water to be frozen and will turn into a mushy mess when defrosted
While many vegetables do freeze really well, cucumbers, because of their high water content should avoid the chilly depths of your freezer at all costs.
Other vegetables such as like celery, lettuce, zucchini and cabbage should also be kept out of the freezer.
Vegetables which do freeze well include onions, pumpkins, tomatoes, and corn. Bananas can also be frozen and are perfect for use in smoothies or baking.