As supermarket shelves continue to look more sparse than usual around the country, more people than ever are turning to their freezers to keep food fresher for longer and, in turn, help them avoid long checkout queues.
So, now seems the perfect time to get an impromptu lesson on the surprising items you probably didn't know you could freeze (we didn't!).
Luckily then, the experts at NetVoucherCodes.co.uk have advised Brits on eight of the lesser-known food items that can be safely stored in a freezer, to help households save money and cut down on food wastage.
5 foods you never knew you could freeze
You can make all sorts of things from eggs, from cakes and pancakes to a quick, filling breakfast (these scrambled egg muffins can also be frozen).
You should avoid putting the shells in the freezer, but you can pop in everything else, and it’s relatively easy.
Crack the eggs into a muffin tray, then place these into the freezer. Once fully frozen they can be transferred into a plastic container, creating even more space.
What you should avoid though is defrosting and then refreezing.
Our work-from-home staple, cheese can also be put in the freezer and then taken out again when you're in need of a cheese toastie.
You can freeze cheese in a block, or grate it and put it in a zip-lock bag to take some as and when you need.
Anything from mozzarella to parmesan can cope with being put in the freezer, but cottage cheese is the exception.
Bread must be frozen before it goes stale, as it’ll still be stale when it thaws out, but otherwise it's a pretty simple food to freeze.
Best of all, you can pop it straight from the freezer into the toaster without needing to defrost it first. Win, win.
Rice and pasta
Freezing rice and pasta doesn’t just help out if you always make too much – it also can save you masses of time when it comes to dinner.
Place it onto a flat baking tray and then pop into the freezer. Once fully frozen you can then transfer into a different container. Simply pour hot water over the rice or pasta to defrost before cooking.
Though perhaps the least surprising of the bunch (hello, frozen yoghurt lovers), we wanted to remind you that yoghurt tastes pretty good when it's frozen — and you don't even need to bother defrosting.
It is worth noting, though, some yoghurts can be affected by the freezing process, so we recommend trying to freeze a small amount before to ensure the taste isn’t affected dramatically.
The information in this story is accurate as of the publication date. While we are attempting to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic continues to develop rapidly, so it's possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since publishing. For any concerns and latest advice, visit the World Health Organisation. If you're in the UK, the National Health Service can also provide useful information and support, while US users can contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
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