What Can You Freeze?

cold roomWe all know we can freeze water. You’ve done it before as a child, whether to make ice cubes or just because you were left alone with the fridge for a bit. You place water into the ice cube containers, leave it in the freezer for a bit, and lo-and-behold you have frozen water afterwards. You know that other things can be frozen too, like meat or vegetables. But do you know there are other items that can be placed in refrigerated container units? The full extent of them may surprise you.

  1. Fruit

We know we can freeze vegetables -- we can buy them in supermarkets and store them in our refrigerated containers at home all the time, after all, whereupon we thaw them out in boiling water or a microwave. But you can also freeze fruit. Doing so is ideal for making smoothies or anything else that requires the result to be reduced to mush, but it’s not recommended for freezing fruit using a blast freezer store as fruit is intended to be eaten as they are. Fruit placed into cold stores will liquefy from the freezing process, resulting in a rather mushy and uninviting meal. Jam can also be placed into cold stores.

  1. Diary Products

food cold roomButter and margarine is stored by some in their cold stores with no ill effects, and ice cream is actually best placed into refrigerated containers. While we chill milk, it is in fact possible to freeze it, and cheese and yoghurt as well. Doing so does not effect the flavour, although certain procedures are necessary before doing so. For example cheese will crumble when it’s been defrosted, so it’s generally best to grate it beforehand and store it into bags. Milk will also expand upon freezing, so ensure you remove a cup before placing it into your refrigerated containers.

 

  1. Baked Goods

Nobody likes mouldy bread, certainly I don’t. It makes it taste like dirt. So storing bread for long periods can be a problem for some. Fortunately bread can be frozen as well, and defrosted without any negative side effects. Place your bread into cold stores and pull it out as old loaves are used. Cakes and baked sweets can also be stored in this way, although certain varieties may not defrost as well as others.

  1. Baking Supplies

Flour and sugar doesn’t really need to be placed into cold stores; it lasts long enough on its own so long as it’s kept dry. Most refrigerated containers are often very wet, so storing them in a conventional freezer may ruin both. Its best to store baking supplies in cold storage rooms or cold stores. Chocolate, nuts, fudge and other toppings, however, store exceedingly well in refrigerated containers, so feel free to place them in there. Try a shoe box as a container -- it’s easily stacked, easily labelled and allows for ventilation.

For further information on cold stores, cold rooms and blast freezers, please visit the website of CRS Cold Storage to see their full range of cold storage devices and supplies.

If you work in catering, check out the cold storage products from leading catering equipment provider Advantage Catering.

 

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