How to freeze food: you can put more in the freezer than you think

If you've been stocking up and are now figuring out how to freeze food then we have you covered. Plus, if you have run out of space, we show you where to buy a new freezer

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After all that stocking up you may be figuring out how to freeze food, rather than keeping it all in the fridge. So you'll be pleased to learn that you can in fact store more in the freezer than first thought (we were anyway!). Owning one of the best fridge freezers is essential in any household – especially when you can't make frequent trips to the shops for fresh ingredients.

By taking foods out of the fridge and putting them into the freezer, you can extend their use-by dates for literally months. Take a whole chicken, for example. This can be kept in the fridge for a day or two, yet in a freezer it will maintain its freshness for up to 12 months. And eggs, when cracked in to a container, can be safely stored in a freezer for up to 12 months too – who knew?!

So it really is essential that you have a freezer for, well, those essential food items at this time. Do bare in mind though that the fridge-freezers, chest freezers, upright freezers and American-style freezers (all the freezers!) are selling out super fast, so it's worth checking out with one sooner rather than later.

Keep scrolling to see a guide from Tap Warehouse on how to freeze food for the optimum length of time (you'll be surprised at some of them!)

How to freeze food, and for how long

Once opened, how long can you store meat and fish?

Bacon 7 days1 month
Chicken or turkey (pieces)1 day9 months
Chicken or turkey (whole)1 day12 months
Deli meats3 days1 months
Fish (raw)14 days2 months
Mince1 day3 months
Shrimp1 day3 months

Once opened, how long can you store dairy and eggs?

Butter90 days9 months
Cheese (hard)23 days6 months
Cheese (soft)7 days6 months
Eggs (cracked into containers)2 days12 months
Milk7 days3 months
Yoghurt14 days1 month

Once opened, how long can you store fruit and vegetables?

Apples2 days21 days8 months
Bannas7 days-2 months
Berries-14 days4 months
Carrots-12 days12 months
Leeks14 days-12 months
Mushrooms-3 days12 months
Onions21 days60 days12 months
Peppers-5 days8 months
Potatoes28 days-12 months
Spinach-2 days12 months
Tomatoes-3 days2 months

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Jennifer Oksien

Jennifer (AKA Jenny) joined the Real Homes team in February 2020, and returned to Future Publishing, as our Appliances Editor. Jenny spends her working days bringing you the best appliance deals, and the latest appliance tech so you can kit out your home which is on trend and within budget – when she is not doing that she is renovating and restoring her Victorian terrace with secondhand bargains, baking sponge cakes and taking photographs of postboxes wherever she travels to.