A well-stocked freezer is a mum’s best friend, so here’s our guide to safe storage times for all those frozen foods
Batch cooking meals to store in the freezer is a must for busy mums and also makes economical sense. It’s important to make sure the food is stored correctly and, if you’ve snapped up a two-for-one supermarket offer and want to freeze the extra item, do it before the ‘use by’ date. Don’t forget to label containers with the date and contents, and check the temperature on your freezer thermometer – it should read -18 deg C.
Different categories of food can be stored in the freezer for the following amounts of time:
Beef and lamb 4-6 monthsHam/minced beef 3-4 monthsSliced bacon/sausages 2-3 months
Chicken/turkey/duck 4-6 months
White fish (cod, haddock etc) 6-8 monthsOily fish (salmon, tuna etc) 3-4 monthsShellfish 2-3 months
Vegetable purées 6-8 months
Fruit purees 6-8 months
Soups/sauces 3 monthsCakes 4-6 monthsBread/bread dough 2-3 months
Butter 6-8 monthsHard cheese 4-6 months Soft cheese 3-4 monthsIce cream 3-4 months
This can be stored for up to six months in a freezer, but only for two weeks in the freezer compartment of a fridge.
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