When you don’t want the food to pass you by, you freeze it. But not all foods can be frozen, not once frozen lasts forever. Learn the expiration date of each food to maintain all its properties.
1. BROTHS AND SOUPS, ONLY THREE MONTHS
Whether they are fish, meat, or vegetables, the recommended freezing period of a broth should not exceed three months.
2. CHEESES AND DAIRY, DEPENDING ON THE TYPE
While butter can be frozen for 9 months, yogurts last two months since they are fermented. Solid cheeses (cured and uncured) will last you half a year, but fatty and melted cheeses such as brie, you can only freeze them for a month.
3. THE BREAD LASTS THREE MONTHS FROZEN
If you go to the oven to get the bread, you can already buy two baguettes with the peace of mind that if there is leftover bread, you can freeze it for 3 months and defrost it without problems keeping all its properties at all times. In the case of unbaked bread, which is sold in some large stores, the time is reduced to one month.
4. COOKED MEATS UP TO 1 YEAR
Raw veal and lamb hold up to nine months without problems. Instead, the roast lamb can last twelve months. Raw pork chops, due to their higher fat content, reduce their duration to six months, although if the meat has been roasted and part of its lipids have been lost, it can last up to a year.
5. CHICKEN AND TURKEY, 9 MONTHS
They are very lean meats, with a lot of protein, so they can last up to twelve months frozen, unlike sugar and carbohydrates.
6. MEAT STEWS 4 MONTHS
Take advantage of your mother’s tapers but do not hurry since the stews (of any type) last only 4 months.
7. FISH LASTS LESS THAN MEAT
Fish always breaks down faster than meat, so it will last less in the freezer than meat. Lean white fish can last up to six months. On the other hand, bluefish, being fattier, can last a maximum of three months, six if you freeze it already cooked. In contrast, smoked fish can last up to twelve months.
8. SEAFOOD AND CRUSTACEANS, BETTER RAW
Crustaceans last rawer. The lobster lasts twelve months raw and the spider crab and sea oxen ten months. If they have been cooked, their time is reduced to a maximum of three months. Oysters, like mussels, can last two to three months. Instead, clams can last up to 6 months. Octopuses and cuttlefish and squid, if clean and properly gutted, can last half a year.
9. EGGS ONLY ONE MONTH
Due to the porosity of the shell and the amount of lipid in the yolk, they can only be frozen for one month.
10. VEGETABLES, NOT ALL MUST BE FROZEN
Vegetables can last between 8 and 12, although there are exceptions. Those that have a lot of water, such as lettuce, celery, cucumber, or those that we are going to eat raw afterward, such as tomato or onion in a salad, better not freeze them. Don’t freeze potatoes either.
11. FRUITS, BETWEEN 3 MONTHS AND 1 YEAR
Lemons, oranges, limes can be frozen for up to 3 months. Strawberries, mangoes, blackberries, raspberries, and in general any fruit, will last for a year if you freeze them properly.
12. THE COOKIES YOU MAKE THE MOST
If you have made cookies with the little ones and they have come out more than you imagined, you can freeze them. Up to eight months. But remember the more sugar the less time.
13. ICE CREAMS LAST LITTLE FROZEN
Although it is usually indicated by the manufacturer, more than a month can not be in the freezer and that is due to its high proportion of sugar.
The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) recalls that due to its characteristics and composition, each food has a different half-life in the freezer. Now that you know that your food does not last forever do not forget that to freeze food correctly your freezer must be at a temperature of -18º C.