It is a major factor when deciding what to freeze or not to freeze. Luckily, almost everything can be frozen. This is going to be a very short article. A blanket remark of things that don't freeze well are dairy items. That won't be a problem with my recipes because I do not use any dairy.
Items to not freeze:
- Potatoes often become mealy. An exception is mashed potatoes. They freeze beautifully. When I do soups or stews I parboil the potatoes right before dinner and put them in the defrosted recipe when heating for the meal.
- Raw produce with high water content such as cabbage, celery, cucumber, eggplant, endive, fennel, leafy greens, lettuce, parsley, peppers, radishes, ripe tomoatoes, summer squash, turnips, watermelons, zucchini.
- Many herbs and spices change their flavor when frozen. I will tell which herb or spice to add later in each of my recipes.
- You can freeze cheese but it will crumble when you try to slice it. Chopping it up in your food processor would be great.
- Custards tend to seperate when frozen weather alone, in pies or in cakes.
- No milk or cream.
- Eggs are very specific to when and how you can freeze and then reuse. So I leave those alone.
- No mayonaise, salad dressing or sour cream.
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