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Here’s a list of foods that are perfectly safe to freeze, with some of the choices that might surprise you. (Shutterstock/BravissimoS)
Some foods should never be frozen, while others are allowed to live in the freezer for some time. Reader’s Digest has compiled a list of foods that are perfectly safe to freeze. Some of the choices might surprise you.
1. Egg whites
When frozen in an individual bag or other freezer-friendly containers, eggs can be stored in the fridge for up to one year. It is important to freeze then without the shells, otherwise they can crack. For baking, experts recommend thawing them overnight.
It is possible to freeze butter. Not only does a freezer bag keep it durable, it also protects the butter from other smelly foods in the fridge. As an alternative, wrap it right in its wrapper or in foil. This way, you will always have fresh butter in reserve for baking and cooking.
Sliced sandwich bread can be stored in an ice box for over three months, whereas baguettes should be consumed within one month after freezing. Thaw bread before baking it in the oven to make it fresh and crusty.
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The green fruit spoils fast but it is easy to extend its shelf life by freezing it. Wash and cut the fruit in half before peeling it, and then you can store it in halves or pureed versions of it in your fridge.
5. Fresh corn on the cob
When stored in freezer bags, corn can stay in the fridge for up to a year. For perfect taste, store it immediately after purchase.
TasteofHome.com suggests storing aromatic herbs like basil, oregano or mint as follows: chop finely and put in ice cube trays before covering with water or olive oil, then freeze. This way, you can use the green cubes anytime for stews, soups or a homemade pesto.
Freezing nuts protects their natural oils from going bad. Wrap them in plastic or store them in an air-tight container, and they can remain edible for up to eight months. (sop/wng)
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