5 Unexpected Foods You Can (and Should) Freeze for Later

  1. Pre-made breakfast sandwiches
    Cook and assemble a batch of English muffin, bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches, wrap them in foil, then in plastic wrap, and freeze. When you want an instant breakfast, unwrap the plastic, and pop the sandwiches directly into an oven in their foil jackets.
  2. Avocados
    When you see avocados on sale, grab a bunch: You can freeze avocado puree in ziptop bags. (Amazingly, it does not discolor.) Once defrosted, use it right away.
  3. Ginger
    Just store your ginger in the freezer. You don't even have to wrap it in plastic because the root's sturdy peel protects it. Whenever you need a bit of ginger, just pull it out, grate or chop it, and throw the rest back in the freezer.
  4. Yogurt-covered berries
    Dip berries in yogurt and freeze them on a baking sheet. Once they're frozen, transfer them to a ziptop bag and store them in the freezer—then you can pull them out, a handful at a time.
  5. Herbs
    Woody, sturdy herbs like rosemary, thyme and sage freeze well just as they are: Simply pick off the leaves and seal them in a jar. Tender, delicate herbs like basil, tarragon and parsley can be minced, mixed with water or oil to protect them, and then frozen in ice cube trays.