Yogurt freezing advices? Storing: Leftovers with cooked meat or chicken can be stored in the freezer for 2 to 6 months. Egg-containing casseroles are best eaten within 2 to 3 months. For a more comprehensive list of cold food storage, check out this list put together by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. In some cases, your frozen food items can be used straight from the freezer. Those frozen bananas and berries can go straight into a smoothie or shake. In other cases, though, you’ll need to plan ahead and properly defrost and thaw food before working with it—especially when it comes to working with raw meat.
To prevent pieces from freezing together (and for freezing delicate fruits like berries), spread the pieces out in a single layer on a plastic wrap-lined sheet pan. Once they are fully frozen, transfer the pieces to your container and place it immediately in the freezer. With this method, any ice films form around each individual piece, rather than freezing all the pieces together in a big chunk. Many nights if I am making a lasagna or baked ziti, instead of making one, I make two: one to eat right away and one to freeze later on. Cook once, eat twice. It’s the same amount of work and you will be happy to have a casserole prepared on those busy nights. It’s also great to have a made-ahead dish on hand when you want to bring something to someone who’s sick or having a baby.
Sour Cream – This one changes consistency, so it’s best to bake or cook with when thawed. It probably won’t make the best topping for your tacos, but it would taste delicious in a casserole! Ricotta Cheese – Be mindful that this also changes consistency. However, there are so many ways to use ricotta cheese after it’s thawed! Lasagna roll ups, anyone? Cream Cheese – This is one that can change consistency. But if you thaw it slow and steady in the fridge, you’ll get the best result! Try to plan ahead when you want to use frozen cream cheese. Cheese, Sliced or Shredded – It’s always great to have cheese on hand! While you can freeze a whole block of cheese, we wouldn’t suggest doing that since it’s hard to use once you thaw it. Slice or shred it before you freeze to make it more convenient for meal prep. Read more info at How to Freeze Celery.
Don’t: Let Leftovers Sit Out Before or After Freezing A common misconception is that any bacteria in leftovers will be killed by freezing. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, Wu says. “Many foodborne microbes can withstand freezing and pose a problem later when the food is thawed, especially if it’s not subsequently cooked sufficiently,” says Wu. “This is why, for example, not every fish can become sushi fish.” The U.S. Food & Drug Administration also points out that it’s unsafe to let food thaw at room temperature because bacteria can multiply rapidly and create toxins that will survive the cooking process — even if the food is cooked to temperatures that kill the bacteria themselves.