As customers look for more ways to keep their kitchens well stocked, M&S’s director of food technology, Paul Willgoss, and resident chef, Steve Fitzgerald, share their top tips on how to make the most of your fridge and freezer space
There are lots of foods that you can put straight in the freezer instead of the fridge. This includes meat and poultry, ready-prepared meals, fresh pasta, bread, and even butter and cheese. Here’s some examples:
All milk can be stored in the freezer and defrosted before use – just make sure it’s still sealed. It should be defrosted fully in the fridge before use.
Firmer cheeses like cheddar, gouda and Swiss freeze very well and maintain their structure. You can freeze in blocks, or grate and freeze in handy portion sizes.
Baked goods such as bread, rolls, pittas, bagels and crumpets can all be easily frozen. Loaves of bread can be bought ready sliced, or whole to be sliced yourself before freezing. Most toasters have a defrost function so you can toast baked goods from frozen.
Fresh pasta is a great option to keep in the freezer. Some pasta won’t have to be defrosted before use either – it will defrost once put in boiling water.
Consider cooking a larger portion at mealtimes to freeze for a later date. Make sure you freeze the leftovers as soon as possible, once they’re fully cooled, mark clearly the date it was cooked and frozen on the container fo reference later, and only defrost or re-heat the meal once.
Around three quarters of our ready prepared meals and more than half our desserts are suitable for freezing – look out for the ‘suitable for freezing’ logo. Simply freeze on the day of purchase and follow the guidance on the packaging for the length of time it can stay frozen.
How to defrost food safely
Thinking about the best way to prep your food for freezing is important. But it’s even more important to defrost your food properly.
The Food Standards Agency website has everything you need to know about freezing and defrosting food safely, including:
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