10 Surprising Foods You Can Freeze – Really! (PHOTOS)

Adriana Velez | Aug 28, 2014 Food & Party
10 Surprising Foods You Can Freeze – Really! (PHOTOS)

chocolate chip cookie doughGot more hummus than you know what to do with? Drowning in fresh basil? Avocados about to turn to the dark side? Fantasizing about whipping some pre-cooked pasta right out of the freezer? Well today is your lucky day! You can freeze all of those foods. You just have to do it the right way.

Here are 10 foods you may not know you can freeze. We'll tell you how you can freeze them for best results.

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  • Avocados for Guacamole

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    Got a few avocados going overripe on you? Freezing will change their color and texture, but that's all right if you're using them for guacamole. Just peel and cut the fruit, puree with a little lemon or lime juice, and freeze in an airtight container or a freezer bag (leave a bit of room for expansion).

  • Baking Supplies

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    Your flour, your sugar, your nuts, your chocolate chips, your butter -- even your buttermilk. You can freeze it all! (Just not all together in the same container.) In fact, keeping your flour frozen will help you make a flakier pie crust. To freeze eggs, beat yolks and whites together. (Don't freeze in the shell.)

  • Raw Batter & Dough

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    You can freeze cookie batter batches if you like baking just a few cookies at a time. And you can freeze bread and pizza dough to bake later, too. After the dough rises, divide it into balls, lightly oil, place in freezer bags, and press out any extra air before freezing.

  • Corn on the Cob

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    If you have super fresh, locally grown corn (not grocery store corn that has traveled), you can throw those babies in the freezer, husks and all. Trim the pointed ends, peel off the first layer or two of husk, and place in freezer bags. To thaw, boil a little longer than fresh corn -- or microwave in the husks and they'll slip right off.

  • Grated Cheese

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    Whole blocks of cheese don't freeze well. But you can grate it first and then freeze it for future use.

     

  • Garlic Bulbs

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    You could go through the trouble of chopping your garlic to freeze it, but you don't have to. You can freeze whole garlic bulbs and pull off cloves as you need them.

  • Fresh Herbs

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    Drowning in fresh garden basil? Chop or puree the leaves, mix with a little olive oil, and fill ice cube trays with the herb mixture. You can do the same with pesto.

  • Hummus

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    To freeze hummus, spoon it into a freezer-safe container and cover with a layer of olive oil before sealing.

  • Onions

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    You can freeze small batches of onion for future meals by chopping them in a food processor and then freezing the chopped onions in ice cube trays. For best results, process until the onions are finely chopped, but not pureed.

  • Cooked Pasta & Rice

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    You wouldn't think so, but you can freeze rice and pasta. Boil your pasta and rice until it's just a bit undercooked. This will keep it from going mushy (pasta) or dry (rice), though this works best if you're planning to use either in a sauce.

     

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