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32 Foods You Didn't Know You Could Freeze

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Stocking up on freezable items such as milk, butter and rice is a win for you and your wallet.

Other perishable items such as avocados and bananas can also be thrown in the freezer — so stock up when the price is right! Download the Krazy Coupon Lady app to set up alerts for deals these products.

Take a look at these 32 foods you probably didn’t know you could freeze:


1. Eggs

You can freeze eggs, but remove them from the shells first, and freeze each in an ice cube tray. Freeze just the whites, yolks or scramble them up.

Frozen eggs can keep up to a year, and when you’re ready to use them, just thaw them overnight in the refrigerator.

Check out KCL’s egg coupon page.

3-month stock-up price:
Egglands: $1.50/dozen
Generic: $0.99/dozen


2. Milk

When your milk is approaching its sell-by date, stick it in the freezer for up to three months.

Make sure you leave a little room for expansion. You can do the same with half-and-half or buttermilk!

Check out KCL’s milk coupon page.

3-month stock-up price:
Milk: $1.99/gallon


3. Avocado

Cut the avocado in half and put it into a freezer bag. Or mash it up before freezing.

Frozen avocados are best in foods like guacamole or smoothies.


4. Flour

Most packaged flour can last up to two years in the freezer.

Check out KCL’s flour coupons page.

3-month stock-up price:
Gold Medal flour: $1.25/5 lb. bag



5. Nuts

Almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecans and walnuts can last up to two years past their expiration date in the freezer.


6. Halloween candy

Depending on the type, you can freeze most candy for six months to one year. For example, hard candies and chocolate will last a year in the freezer!

Check out KCL’s candy coupon page.


7. Butter

Freeze butter for up to six months past its expiration date.

3-month stock-up price:
Earth Balance Butter: $1.00/15 oz. package
Land O Lakes Butter: $2.50/1 lb. package


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8. Cooked pasta

Freeze cooked pasta for up to two weeks. Just drizzle the pasta with a little olive oil first to prevent it from clumping.

3-month stock-up price:
Barilla Pronto: $0.25/box
Store brand pasta: $0.75/box


9. Brown bananas

You can freeze bananas for up to six months. Keep them in the peel, or unpeel them before freezing for smoothies or banana bread.


10. Corn on the cob

Bring a large pot of water to boil and drop shucked ears of corn into the boiling water and cook for about 2-3 minutes.

Let the corn cool for a few minutes then cut kernels off and freeze in a Ziploc bag.


11. Garlic

Whole or chopped garlic cloves can be frozen for up to one year.


12. Onion

Chop raw onions and stick them in the freezer for up to a year.



13. Cooked rice

Keep cooked rice in the freezer for up to six months.

3-month stock-up price:
Minute Rice: $1.49/14 oz. box
Uncle Ben’s Rice: $0.75/6 oz. box


14. Hummus

Although hummus won’t go bad in the freezer, after around four months, the taste and texture will change.

3-month stock-up price:
Sabra Hummus: $1.50/10 oz. tub
Tribe Hummus: $1.00/8 oz. tub


15. Chips

Freeze chips to help prolong their shelf life without getting stale.

3-month stock-up price:
Lay’s Regular Potato Chips: $1.50/bag
Tostitos Tortilla Chips: $1.50/bag


16. Peanut butter

Organic peanut butter, when frozen, will last anywhere from 6-9 months.

3-month stock-up price:
Skippy Peanut Butter: $0.99/16.3 oz. jar
Jif Peanut Butter: $1.49/16 oz. uar
Earth Balance Peanut Butter: $1.99/16 oz. jar


17. Chicken broth

Frozen broth will keep for up to one year before losing its flavor. I like to freeze cubes in an ice cube tray so I can pop them out when making soup.

3-month stock-up price:
College Inn Box Broth: $1.00/32 oz. package
Swanson Box Broth: $1.25/32 oz. package


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18. Pesto

Freeze pesto for nine months to one year.


19. Herbs in olive oil

Chop unused herbs and add to an ice cube tray, then cover them with olive oil — leaving a bit of room at the top for expansion.

Once frozen, your herb cubes can be transferred to a resealable bag and dropped straight into soups and frying pans.


20. Tortillas

Tortillas will last 6-8 months in the freezer. They may get dry, but if they do, microwave them with a damp paper towel.

3-month stock-up price:
Mission Tortillas: $1.49/20 oz. bag


21. Cheese

Freeze shredded cheese (or even blocks of cheese) for up to six months.

3-month stock-up price:
Kraft Shredded Cheese: $1.50/8 oz. package


22. Sour cream

Previously frozen sour cream will have a different texture, so plan to use it for cooking instead of taco night. Freeze sour cream for up to six months.

3-month stock-up price:
Daisy Sour Cream: $1.00/tub



23. Cream cheese

Freeze cream cheese for about two months.

3-month stock-up price:
Philadelphia Cream Cheese: $1.50/8 oz. tub


24. Ginger

First peel and mince, or grate the ginger. Then spread or scoop the ginger onto a parchment-lined tray to freeze for up to six months.


25. Pre-made sandwiches

Pre-make sandwiches (like peanut butter and jelly) for road trips or for school lunches. They can last between 4-6 months. Score!


26. Grapes

Frozen grapes last up to one year. I love popping a few in my white wine (instead of ice) to chill the glass without losing flavor!


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27. Lemons

Freeze lemons (whole or sliced) for 3-4 months. If sliced, they need to be pre-frozen on a cookie sheet before frozen in bulk together.


28. Wine

Freeze wine in an ice cube tray to use for cooking, or to keep your white wine cold without watering it down.


29. Homemade pancakes and waffles

Freeze leftover waffles or pancakes in a Ziploc bag for 1-2 months for a quick and easy breakfast.


30. Mashed potatoes

You can freeze mashed potatoes for 2-6 months.


31. Dough

Freeze bread dough, pizza dough, pie dough and cookie dough for up to three months.


32. Frosting

Frosting will stay good in your freezer for up to three months.

3-month stock-up price:
Pillsbury Frosting: $1.00/16 oz. can
Betty Crocker Frosting: $1.50/12 oz. can


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