Foods that are easy to freeze include hot and cold sauces, stocks and soups, chili and stews, and baked pasta dishes. Cookie and pizza dough, bread, rolls and flour tortillas are easy-to-freeze foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, peeled ginger root and pine nuts also freeze well. Most of these foods last for up to six months in the freezer.
Meats freeze well. Pork products, such as sausage, ham and bacon, store in the freezer for up to two months, while pork roasts and pork chops freeze for four to 12 months. Uncooked breasts, legs, wings and other poultry parts freeze for up to nine months. Cooked poultry stores frozen for up to a year. Ground meats are freezer safe for up to three months.
These foods freeze best in proper containers, including freezer-safe bags and containers marked as freezer safe. Labeling frozen foods with the storage date makes it easy to keep track of the freezer’s contents.
When freezing these and other foods, keeping the freezer set to 0 degrees Fahrenheit is important to the overall taste and quality of the food. Likewise, closing the freezer door quickly after retrieving items from the freezer is important to maintaining the quality of frozen foods.