More often than not, food is left unfinished after a meal gathering. It will be a shame to simply throw them away so here are some tips on how to freeze leftovers!

But first know that not all food is suitable for freezing as that will adversely alter the texture. This includes green leafed salads, fresh fruit or vegetable salads, grapes, fresh whole apples, and uncooked plums or pears.

how to freeze leftovers

Package Your Leftover Food in the Right Quantities

Fruit and Vegetables: Up to 1 kg per pack

Meat: Up to 3 kgs per pack

Ready-made Meals: Up to 1 kg per pack

Use Appropriate Packaging

Solid foods (such as meat, vegetables, bread or baked goods) that are intended for defrosting and microwave cooking should only be packed in packaging specified for this purpose.

Pack liquid and soft foods (such as juices, soups, and soft fruit fillings) in suitably strong, airtight food bags or in microwave safe containers.

Be sure to label your packaging – and don’t forget the date!

Do Not Exceed Recommended Storage Periods

Vegetables: 6 to 12 months

Fruit: 8 to 12 months

Meat: 3 to 6 months (depending on type)

Ready-made meals: Up to 3 months

Actual storage times are dependent on many factors, including your type of freezer. Never eat food that doesn’t look fit for consumption.

Avoid exceeding storage times recommended by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA).

Does your leftover food require defrosting?

Do check! Most food items can be prepared from frozen or when lightly thawed. As a general rule, larger pieces of meat, poultry and fish must be fully defrosted or well thawed before cooking.

Tips for Freezing

Turkey:

Remove meat from bones. Freeze meat and bones separately.

Storage life in freezer compartment: 3 months

how to freeze leftovers

Cooked & Smoked Ham:

Slice or cut up ham, wrap in airtight freezer bags.

Storage life in freezer compartment: 2 months

how to freeze leftovers

Casseroles:

Freeze in the baking dish, once frozen, move to foil or plastic container.

Storage life in freezer compartment: 2-3 months

how to freeze leftovers

Roasted Meats:

Freeze whole or in slices, with foil between the slices.

Storage life in freezer compartment: 3 months

how to freeze leftovers

Stew:

Cook and divide into portions. Pack in solid containers or cook-in freezer bags.

Storage life in freezer compartment: 3 months

how to freeze leftovers

Cured Pork:

Divide into portions no larger than 3 kgs and pack.

Storage life in freezer compartment: 2-3 months

how to freeze leftovers

Dumplings:

Store cooked, ready-to-serve dumplings in a solid container or cook-in freezer bag.

Storage life in freezer compartment: 3 months

Pork:

Leaner meat is better suited for freezing than more fatty cuts. Pack in pieces up to 3 kgs.

Storage life in freezer compartment: 4-7 months

how to freeze leftovers

Soup:

Some soups freeze better than others. Remove items that won’t freeze well, such as pasta, before freezing. It would be better (and more appetising) to add such items back once you have reheated the soup. Freeze in small containers or freezer-ready food bags.

Storage life in freezer compartment: 3 months

how to freeze leftovers

If you have a Liebherr freezer, activate SuperFrost before preparing the items to be frozen. By reducing the temperature in the freezer compartment to as low as -32° C, you can freeze fresh food quickly and carefully, preserving taste and vitamins in the process.

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