Can you freeze milk? All the foods you can freeze safely during the coronavirus lockdown – The Sun

THE outbreak of the coronavirus has resulted in panic buying across the country, with essentials such as toilet paper and washing up liquid flying off supermarket shelves at an alarming rate.

And the Prime Minister has announced a lockdown across the UK, meaning people will be keen to ensure their food and drink lasts as long as required.

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Can you freeze milk?

Yes, you can.

Milk can be frozen ahead of its expiry date for later consumption – there are a few guidelines to follow.

Before freezing, make sure the container is tightly sealed.

When milk is frozen, it expands so you need to make sure there is enough room in the container so it does not burst.

Before using your milk, make sure you fully defrost it in the refrigerator.

How long can you keep frozen milk for?

It is recommended to only freeze milk for three to six months.

After that, the milk is likely to absorb other smells from the freezer which will cause it to have a different taste when defrosted.

The frozen milk will also begin to change colour over time, turning yellow, which might make the milk less appealing.

Can I freeze other food?

There are a number of food items which can be frozen to give it that extra long life.

These includes favourites such as mashed potato, cheese, rice and bacon.

Mashed potato

Potatoes are not very ideal to be frozen – however, mashed potato can be.

The fat around the mashed potato is the key to it being able to freeze well.

You will need to coat your mashed potato with plenty of butter and cream in order to achieve best results.

After cooking, line a parchment on a baking sheet and scoop the mashed potentates onto it.

You can also freeze your mashed potato in a zip lock freezer bag.

Cheese

Cheese can be successfully frozen for later consumption.

You can either freeze it as a bloc or grated.

As with a lot of dairy products, freezing may cause cheese to change texture.

While all cheese can be frozen, cottage cheese may not do very well in the freezer.

It is recommended to freeze cheese no more than six months.

Rice

The key to freezing rice is to do it immediately after cooking.

If it is left to cool for too long, it can develop bacteria which would be dangerous to consume.

After cooking, pop it in a ziplock freezer bag – it should be good to go for two months.

The rice will be frozen into a block, which can be broken up once ready to consume.

Put it into a bowl, cover it with a microwave lid and heat it, making sure you serve right away after heating.

Bacon

Fresh bacon can be easily frozen and lasts up to six months.

When freezing, cut the bacon into slices in a bag.

If you freeze the bacon together with its package, you will have to defrost everything in the package – freezing in bags means you can use what you need.

 

 

Eggs

Everything except the shell of an egg can be frozen.

Simply crack the eggs into a muffin tray, or equivalent, and then put them in the freezer.

Once your eggs are fully frozen, you can transfer them to a plastic container.

When you want to defrost, put the container in hot water for eight minutes.

Chocolate

You can freeze chocolate without the flavour changing by placing it in the fridge for a few hours before moving it to the freezer.

As it does not contain much water, it will not change as much as other items while frozen.

What's the best way to defrost things that have been in the freezer?

The best way to defrost food is to keep them in the refrigerator where it is at a constant temperature.

Experts warn that food must never be defrosted on kitchen counters or in hot water.

These methods are unsafe and make room for food borne illnesses.

Other methods which can defrost food include using the microwave, cold water, and cooking without defrosting.

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