If you are trying to reduce the cost of your weekly grocery receipt, freezing food is a great way to save.
According to the Australian nutrition specialist, Dr. Joanna McMillan, there is a whole range of foods that can be frozen, which makes it an ideal way to manage excess waste.
"Freezing is a really amazing way to preserve food because you do not have to use chemical preservatives," Dr. McMillan said on Today.
"Actually, it's one of the oldest ways to preserve food. In fact, it's not very good in the current era where we think everything has to be fresh. "
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If you have scraps of pasta or rice, consider freezing them to use as servings for an easy-to-carry meal option.
Freezer storage times:
Bacon and sausage: 12 months
Casseroles: 2 – 3 months
Ham, sausages and cold cuts: 12 months
Meat, raw roasts: 4 to 12 months
Meat, raw fillets or chops: From 4 to 12 months
Meat, uncooked earth: 3 to 4 months
Meat, cooked: 2 to 3 months
Poultry, whole uncooked: 12 months
Poultry, uncooked parts: 9 months
The guidelines for freezer storage are only for quality. Frozen foods stored constantly at 0 ° F or less can be stored indefinitely.
She said that foods like cooked rice and pasta are perfect for freezing and her suggestion is to always cook a little more and leave leftovers in serving size bags.
Dr. McMillan said that having some cooked portions by hand can relieve pressure if time is short after work and a quick meal is needed.
The expert recommends removing the pasta and rice from the freezer ahead of time to make sure it is defrosted properly.
Pasta and rice have a suggested storage time of one to two months after they have been frozen.
The nutrition scientist also revealed that the nuts froze particularly well and this was a great option to keep them fresh for longer.
The recommended amount of time to store the nuts in the freezer is one year.
Flour is another food that can be frozen, Dr. McMillan revealed.
It should be kept in an airtight container and the flour can be frozen for a maximum of two years.
The nuts (photo on the left) freeze particularly well and can be stored frozen for up to one year (original image). Grated cheese (photo on the right) can also be frozen for up to six months
If you have grated extra cheese for a meal, this should not be wasted in the fridge. Instead, freeze the portions in sealable bags for future use. The extra butter can also be frozen for future use.
The doctor of nutrition, Joanna McMillan (pictured), said freezing food was a great way to combat waste.
The maximum amount of time that the cheese should be frozen is six months. Well-wrapped salted butter can be stored in the freezer for up to a year, and unsalted butter can be frozen for six months.
Bread is also another food that freezes well, said Dr. McMillan.
Or freeze a bread and use as needed or convert the bread into bread crumbs and store it in the freezer in individual packages.
Bread crumbs can be stored in the freezer for up to three months.
If you have an abundance of fresh herbs, they can be frozen quite easily. Simply fill in a food processor with a little water or extra virgin olive oil and place in ice cube containers.
Similarly, store leftovers, red wine and egg whites in this manner.
Herbs can be stored in the freezer for up to 12 months; the wine can be frozen for up to three months and the egg whites can be frozen for 10 months, according to the CSIRO recommendations.
Uncooked chicken pieces can be stored safely in the freezer for up to nine months
Bananas that are beginning to brown can also freeze, however, Dr. McMillan recommends peeling and cutting them first.
Which foods do not freeze well:
Foods that contain a high water content do not freeze well.
These include vegetables such as celery, lettuce, zucchini, cucumber, cabbage
"They're great to use in cooking if you're making muffins for kids or to add to smoothies," he said on the show.
The frozen bananas will last between three and four months in the freezer.
While freezing food helps control waste, Dr. McMillan said it was worthwhile to be aware of the fact that freezing does not completely stop the growth of bacteria.
"It will often make the bacteria inactive, so if the food is a little old, that's the kind of thing you do not want to put in the freezer," he said.