How Long Foods Keep + How Foods Freeze

June 16, 2008

How Long Will it Keep?

The general rule for frozen meals is 3-6 months.
Have I waited longer?...yep.
In fact one day a year I make homemade turkey meatballs and my Ukrainian Grandmother's pierogies in a 14 dozen amount. Yep...14 dozen. And it lasts us an entire year and they are great until the end.

What I generally do is when I am making a dinner I make enough for 3 meals and freeze two of them. Then each Monday is Make-Ahead-Monday. On Sunday I pull one out of the freezer to thaw it in the refrigerator. Then we have it for dinner on Monday and that makes clean-up easy and fast since my house is always a wreck after the weekend.

This keeps your frozen meals in constant rotation.

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Food that Freeze Well


(on their own)
Part Skim Mozzerella

(in a recipe)
Monteray jack
Part Skim Mozzerella

Any variety of store-bought bread.
Homemade bread.
Puff Pastry
Pie Crust

Sour Cream (in a recipe)

Soups/Stewsbroth based soups

Foods that thaw into a Grossy-Gross Mess

dairy based sauces
sour cream (alone)

most cheeses on their own except mozzarella and parmesan.

watery vegetables and fruits like tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, etc.

cream based soups


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A new recipe will be posted each Monday and, of course, you can always search the archives by category.

The Goal of this blog is not just to give you my recipes, but to teach you which ingredients freeze well, which don't, methods and tips to help you freeze your own recipes...because who knows better what your family likes than you?

Do you only cook organic? Great! Are you a vegetarian? No problem! Make what works for you and save time, money and (let's be honest...stress) while doing it.

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