Thanks for your helpful list of freezable and non-freezable foods! A few things that could be added to the freezable foods list are fresh herbs, tomato paste, leftover canned chipotle peppers. In the past I had extra cilantro and I froze it in a small amount of water and was able to use it at a later date. Also extra tomato paste so often goes to waste so i portion it into tablespoon sized portions and freeze it in a bag and lie it flat til frozen.
Recipes often call for only 1 or 2 canned chipotles; the rest can be frozen. Another freezable item is also sofrito, which is used in latin cooking.
Important: Remember to label and date foods before placing in the freezer with these handy Do not use cardboard cartons or reuse plastic containers from cottage cheese, ice cream, whipped topping, margarine, etc., since these containers were not designed to safely freeze foods.
Freezing is a great way to preserve food for a long period of time, and that's all thanks to some simple science. As the temperature of the food drops below freezing point, the water in its cells turns into ice crystals. The optimum temperature for freezing most foods is between -15°C and -18°C, because this is the temperature at which food-poisoning bacteria stops growing. In other words, freezing doesn't kill bacteria but stops it from growing rapidly and prevents food poisoning.
You can turn your freezer into a mini pantry by freezing raw foods, such as meats, vegies, and cakes and muffins. Freezing homemade meals is also a great way of making sure you have delicious, nutritious food on hand whenever you need it.