How to Freeze Special Diets

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Frequently Asked Questions

Foods that typically do not freeze well include:

  • Cheese or crumb toppings - become soggy when thawed
  • Mayonnaise or salad dressing - separates after freezing
  • Gelatin - weeps upon thawing
  • Fruit jelly - can soak bread if used in sandwiches

Good foods to freeze, which can last up to six months, include:

  • Fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs
  • Stocks and soups
  • Hot and cold sauces, like marinara and pesto
  • Chili and stews
  • Baked pasta dishes
  • Cookie dough (freeze in ball form)
  • Baked brownies
  • Bread, rolls, and flour tortillas

Meal prep recipes that freeze well are:

  • Curries
  • Stews
  • Stir fries
  • Rice and quinoa
  • Cauliflower rice (especially in sauce)

Freezer-friendly foods include:

  • Cheese (grated and stored airtight)
  • Milk and dairy-free milk
  • Eggs
  • Mushrooms, broccoli, and other vegetables
  • Cooked rice
  • Mashed potato and sweet potato
  • Cooked pasta
  • Bananas

Frozen grapes can be a refreshing snack, but upon defrosting, they turn into soggy lumps. It's best to freeze grapes only if you plan to use them in cooking, as they won't retain their fresh texture when eaten raw after thawing.