It is a time for families and friends to gather around the table and share a great meal. Once feasting is over, what are you going to do with those festive leftovers? Freeze them!

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Not all food is suitable for freezing

Items not suitable for freezing include green leaf salads, fresh fruit or vegetable salads, grapes, fresh whole apples, uncooked plums or pears.

Prepare Food Carefully

Meat: Allow time to cool. Portion as required.

Vegetables: Clean, wash, chop up, blanch, and cool quickly.

Fruit: Wash. Remove leaves, seeds and stalks, or peel as necessary. Freeze with or without fruit juices.

Package Your Leftover Food in the Right Quantities

Fruit and Vegetables: Up to a maximum of 2 lbs per pack

Meat: Up to a maximum of 7 lbs per pack

Ready-made Meals: Up to a maximum 2 lbs 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.

Label Everything

Make sure to label every container. Don’t forget to put down the date on your label.

Do Not Exceed Recommended Storage Periods

The maximum storage times are:

Meat (depending on type): Between 3 and 6 months

Vegetables: Between 6 and 12 months

Fruit: Between 8 and 12 months

Ready-made meals: Up to 3 months

Actual storage times are dependent on many factors, including your type of freezer. Never exceed storage times recommended by the USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service. Never eat food that doesn’t appear to be fit for consumption. 

Check whether your leftover food can be prepared from frozen or has to be defrosted first.
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

Whole Homemade Thanksgiving Turkey

Remove meat from bones. Freeze meat and bones separately.

Storage life in freezer compartment: 3 months

 

Cooked & Smoked Ham

Traditional Sliced Honey Glazed Ham

Slice or cut up ham, wrap in airtight freezer bags

Storage life in freezer compartment: 2 months

 

Casseroles

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

Storage life in freezer compartment: 2-3 months


Roasted Meats

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

Storage life in freezer compartment: 3 months

 

Stews

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

Storage life in freezer compartment: 3 months

 

Rabbit / Hare

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Remove giblets and pack whole, or in portions.

Storage life in freezer compartment: 8 months

 

Cured Pork

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Divide into portions no larger than 7 lbs and pack.

Storage life in freezer compartment: 2-3 months

 

Dumplings

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

Storage life in freezer compartment: 3 months

 

Pork

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Leaner meat is better suited for freezing than more fatty cuts. Pack in pieces up to max. 7 lbs.

Storage life in freezer compartment: 4-7 months

 

Soup

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

Storage life in freezer compartment: 3 months

If you have a Liebherr freezer, activate SuperFrost before preparing the items to be frozen or before you sit down to eat. By reducing the temperature in the freezer compartment to as low as -26° F, you can freeze fresh food quickly and carefully, preserving taste and vitamins in the process.

Don’t have a Liebherr? Give your leftovers a great home! Upgrade to a Liebherr this holiday season: Find out more about our full range here.


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