Timesaving tips: Freezer meals

Save time and money by preparing your week or month’s meals ahead of time – simply cook twice as much and freeze one meal.

Foods that freeze well

  • Pizzas – Also great for lunchboxes. Simply defrost the night before, cut and pop in the microwave in the morning.
  • Bobotie and mince casseroles
  • Pies
  • Chicken casseroles
  • Soup
  • Chakalaka
  • Vegetable stews
  • Rice

Foods that don’t freeze well

  • Hard-boiled eggs will go rubbery.
  • Lettuce, cucumbers, bean sprouts and raw potatoes will turn mushy when thawed.
  • Egg-based sauces like mayonnaise will separate and curdle when thawed.
  • Dairy products such as cream, yoghurt, cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese will sometimes go watery when thawed.
  • Fried foods.

Store it

  • Food can be frozen in aluminium foil pans or your own baking dishes.
  • Don’t freeze food in glass jars or containers. If the contents expand, the glass will break.
  • Always fill up your plastic containers as much as you can. Then there won’t be space for air to get stuck inside – it is this air that can cause freezer burn.

More tips

  • Let the food cool down before putting it in the freezer. Hot or warm food can defrost other items next to it.
  • Label and date the bags.
  • Most freezer meals can be kept in the freezer between one to three months, depending on the ingredients used.


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