We all want to save money and reduce food waste, right? Here are 9 foods that tend to go bad or get thrown out – that you probably didn’t know you can freeze!

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I’m a freak about food waste. Call it savvy homemaking or residual trauma from being broke and hungry. The truth is, when you are on a budget and trying to eat healthy, you need to reduce food waste. Learning how to freeze real food that goes bad quickly will help you save money and eat well.

Here are 9 foods you probably didn’t know you can freeze!

These real foods tend to go bad quickly (avocados, anyone?) or just end up getting tossed because we don’t know any better or we couldn’t eat them in time.

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9 Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Freeze

We all want to save money and reduce food waste, right? Here are 9 foods that tend to go bad quickly or just end up getting tossed because we don't know any better or we couldn't eat them in time.


You know how avocados go overripe in about 30 seconds? Freeze those avocados whole or chop them up and flash freeze them for easy use! You can mash frozen avocados into guacamole or toss them in your smoothies, no problem.


Simply chop it as you would for soup, store it in a freezer bag, and toss it in the soup pot or casserole.

One of my favorite soups is this easy budget-friendly hamburger soup. Frozen onion works great here.

Ginger Root

I never use ginger root fast enough. Instead of wasting this amazing root, you can peel it, chop it, and freeze it in a small freezer bag. Frozen ginger grates just fine, or toss it in your broth to add a delightful kick.

We love ginger in this quick and easy instant pot turmeric chicken.

Milk, Cream, and Half & Half

If your milk, cream, or half and half is about to go bad, simply pop it in the freezer. You can thaw it out and use it for baked goods whenever you need it!

It works great in this pancake recipe and my kids' favorite baked oatmeal.

Juice from cooking beef and chicken

You know when you cook a beef roast or bake a whole chicken (or just pop it in the instantpot) and you're left with a few cups of juice in the bottom of the pan?

THAT'S BROTH. I don't throw it out. Instead, I pour it into a container, let it cool overnight in the fridge, then store it in the freezer (I like using reusable plastic containers, but freezer bags work too). It's loaded with flavor, and I can use it in a soup recipe along with some water instead of normal broth.

Try it in this Turmeric Lentil Soup!

Citrus zest

Citrus zest makes baked goods taste amazing. But instead of specifically buying a lemon or orange whenever I want to make my favorite scones, I prefer to keep some zest in the freezer. That way I can buy my fruit on sale and in season, and I can make scones whenever I want. It's a win-win, really.


You can freeze eggs! Did you know this? So the next time you find them on sale, stock up!

Eggs keep for a really long time in the fridge, so I don't worry too much about them going bad. However, occasionally, I will crack the eggs and pour them into a freezer bag, label the bag with how many whole eggs are in it, and freeze.

Frozen eggs work best for baking. Like in this oatmeal cake or these pancakes.

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Whether you’re on a really tight budget or simply trying to reduce food waste, freezing these foods before they go bad will save you so much money.

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What’s a surprising food you learned you could freeze?

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