Freeze food in glass jars and containersGlass jars, such as Ball mason jars or empty pasta sauce jars are exceptionally handy to have on hand. We love to use glass jars to freeze:
- Soup and broth
- Cooked chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils and other legumes (with or without water)
- Excess fruit and vegetables
- Citrus peels
- Vegetable scraps
- Burger patties
- Stews and casseroles
- Vegetarian chilli
- Stir fries
Freeze food in reusable ziplock style pouchesZiplock pouches are handy for all sorts of things, especially in the freezer.
- Single or small servings of biscuits, slices, muffins and cakes
- Tofu (including homemade, find a kit here)
- Pastry dough, bread dough, cookie dough
- Blanched veggies, like beans, carrot, corn, capsicum, broccoli, cauliflower
- Items from the butcher
Freeze food in a fabric bag or tea towelA fabric bag or tea towel is all you need to freeze bread and loaves plastic free! A thicker fabric will work best, so double wrap your bread if you feel whatever you are using is too thin. We recommend double wrapping the bread bag pictured below. Tammy from Gippsland Unwrapped stores her bread in homemade fabric bags in the freezer for up to two weeks without any problems (1). She purchases package free bread from her local bakery in the bags, brings it home and then pops it in the freezer. You could make your own fabric bags (see the link under Further Reading below for how Tammy made hers), use a pillowcase, or pick up a ready made fabric bread bags online at Biome. Make sure the bread is securely wrapped up and protected from freezer burn.
Freeze food in ice cube traysYou can use an ice cube tray to freeze all sorts of things:
- Excess tomato paste
- Ginger and garlic paste
- Herbs in olive oil
- Fresh nut milk
- Lemon juice, orange juice, lime juice
- Purred fruit and veggies
- Leftover brewed coffee or tea
Make it plastic free by choosing a long lasting stainless steel ice cube tray.
We wrote a whole blog post about freezing food in ice cube trays, which you can read here > With these ideas, you'll be on your way to a throwaway plastic free freezer in no time.
Further reading gippslandunwrapped.com/2015/08/29/waste-free-bread/