Did you buy too much lunch meat and you’re not getting through it fast enough? You might not have known that you can freeze it! It’s tough to find the courage to open the trash can lid and throw away a whole pack of meat or a whole loaf of bread because you didn’t eat it fast enough. Close the trash can lid, and place it in the freezer for later. 

  1. Buttermilk - Do you like buttermilk pancakes? Then freeze your buttermilk to save it before it spoils. Take it out of the freezer when you’re ready to use it and whip up your buttermilk pancakes. You can freeze it in ice cube trays, then transfer it to a freezer bag. The cubes will last for 3 months. 

  2. Egg Whites - You can freeze eggs whites for up to 12 months. Why would you freeze egg whites you ask? To make all of your favorite desserts! With egg whites, you can make homemade pudding, ice cream,  coconut macaroon, angel food cake and even marshmallows. 

  3. Lunch meat - If you count on your lunch meat each day to make turkey, ham and salami sandwiches for work or school, then I’ve got good news for you. You can freeze lunch meat for up to 2 months. So next time you make a trip to the grocery store, you can stock up on your favorite lunch meats.

  4. Bread - Freezing a loaf of bread might have been something you’ve done before, but you might not have known that you can eat it before it’s thawed. If you want to revive your bread quicker, then pop it in the toaster. Freezing bread is better storage than the refrigerator, which can dry your bread out. 

  5. Nuts - You might have noticed that after two weeks, the oils in the nuts in your pantry started to go bad. Freezing them can slow this decline. Make sure to place the nuts you’re planning to eat immediately in the fridge. This is because repeatedly opening and closing the bag in the freezer will cause moisture and the potential for contamination. 

  6. Milk - Have you ever bought milk before going out of town? Don’t worry, you can freeze milk for up to three months.

  7. Whole-Wheat Flour - Just like the nuts in your pantry, whole-wheat flour contains oil that can go bad at room temperature. You can freeze it for up to two years. 

  8. Grains - Grains like quinoa, farro and bulgur can last up to three months at room temperature. If you have some extra packages, you can stock them in the freezer for up to six months. 

  9. Smoked Salmon - Vacuum-sealed salmon (or trout or mackerel) will stay good for months in the freezer. Bonus hint: bagels also stay good for up to two months in the freezer. Place some salmon on top of your bagel, and voila you’ve got brunch!

  10. Tofu - You can place tofu in the freezer for up to five months. It will become much denser, but you can save it for smoothies or braises. 

  11. Half-and-Half - Did you buy too much for your coffee? Place it in the freezer and your half-and-half will stay good for up to four months. This doesn’t work well for heavy cream because it doesn’t hold up well in freezing temperatures. 

  12. Tortillas - Want to save those extra tortillas for a Mexican dinner one night? Place them in the freezer, and take them out when you’re ready to eat them. Make sure to fully thaw them, not microwave them before using.