If you are looking to be well-prepared for an emergency situation, or you just want food on hand in the event that you forget to go shopping, having a full freezer will come in handy.
When it comes to your emergency food supply, canned goods, and freeze-dried foods are fine, but they may not taste that great, plus you will be quite limited in terms of variety.
However, freezing food for an emergency situation allows you to store foods that you otherwise couldn’t keep on hand. That said, not all foods freeze well, so you do have to choose carefully. Today, we are here to talk about 18 foods that you can freeze for an emergency situation.
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Foods You Can Freeze
First off we have the meats. Meat is an important part of a diet because it is packed full of protein and minerals. If you are planning to freeze meat, there are a few tips that you need to keep in mind.
- Meat should be frozen as soon after the purchase as possible
- Make sure that the meat you buy has an expiry date that is quite far away. Simply put, you don’t want it to be on the verge of being rancid when you freeze it
- Meat should be frozen in airtight bags, with as little air and moisture on the inside as possible
- Always freeze meat in meal-size portions. When you thaw the meat out, you only want to thaw as much as you can eat right away
- Chicken Breast
Chicken is tasty, it’s low in fat and cholesterol, and it has tons of protein in it. Wrap individual chicken breasts in airtight bags and freeze them immediately after purchase. Frozen chicken can stay good in the freezer for up to 12 to 14 months.
Burgers are tasty, they are convenient, and they let you put that fire to good use too. Form your burger patties, wrap them in cling foil, put as many in a single airtight bag as you will need for a single meal, and freeze them. Burgers will stay good in the freezer for up to 4 months.
- Fresh Beef and Lamb
You can easily freeze beef steaks, stewing beef, lamb chops, and other such things. Freeze steaks and chops individually, put them in an airtight bag, and make sure there is as little air in the bag as possible. These will stay good for 6 to 12 months in the freezer.
Pork is always a good choice to freeze, because when properly wrapped in an airtight bag, it will stay good for up to a full year. Pork loin, pork chops, ribs, and all of that other fun stuff will work just fine.
- Sausage, Bacon, and Lunch Meats
Yes, there are all really tasty things that can come in handy in a survival scenario. You need to ensure that these are properly wrapped, because even in the freezer, these will really only stay good for about 2 months, maybe 3 at most.
Of course, you do want to have some veggies on hand, because this is how you are going to get your essential vitamins. Here are some tips for freezing veggies so they stay good for as long as can be.
- Always blanch and shock your veggies first. This means that you want to throw them in some boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes, and then rapidly cool them with freezing cold water
- The best way to freeze veggies is inside of a vacuum-sealed bag, so you may want to get a vacuum sealer, although Ziploc bags will do fine as well
You can blanch the spinach or not, as it does not make a huge difference in this case. Fresh spinach should stay good for up to 3 months in the freezer.
Kale is super healthy, it is tasty, and if you have baby kale, you don’t even need to blanch it first. However, mature kale should be blanched (stems for 2 minutes, leaves for 1 minute). Just like spinach, it should stay good for up to 3 months.
Broccoli is also extremely healthy and when properly blanched and stored in an airtight bag, it will stay good in the freezer for 4 to 6 months.
Not everyone likes asparagus, but if you do, it’s another super healthy veggie that is perfect for freezing. It won’t retain that crispy crunch after blanching and freezing it, but the taste will still be there, and for up to 12 months nonetheless.
- Brussel Sprouts
Before blanching your sprouts (2 minutes for small ones, 3 minutes for large ones), remove the outer leaves. Put them in a vacuum-sealed bag and freeze. These will stay good in the freezer for upwards of 12 months.
Next, for more vitamins, plus some healthy sugars, let’s take a look at some fruits that are great to freeze. Here are a few tips first.
- Before freezing fruit, ensure that it is very fresh, and if possible not quite ripe yet
- Bust out that handy vacuum sealer, because you will want to use it here
You can freeze all sorts of berries no problem. They will stay good for up to 1 year.
When freezing apples, try to go for a drier apple as opposed to a really juicy one, as having less moisture in the bag is best. These will stay good for 8 to 12 months.
Frozen bananas should stay good for up to 6 months in the freezer.
Citrus fruits are great, but due to their high moisture content, be aware that they will only stay good for 4 to 6 months in the freezer.
Kiwi is a great fruit to freeze. Not only does it taste good, but it will stay fresh in the freezer for up to a whole year.
Mangos are great for freezing as well. They will stay good in the freezer for up to a full year.
Getting some grains in your diet is important too, mainly because of fiber and important minerals.
Frozen corn kernels can stay edible when frozen for up to a whole year.
If you want to make some fresh bread and freeze it, this is definitely an option, and best is if you use whole grains. Frozen bread will stay edible for up to 4 months.
There you have it — a list of foods that are ideal for freezing to help you prepare for any situation that may occur.