9 Weird things you can freeze ~ Food Storage Friday!

Thanks to Shasta for forwarding me this great article written by Jeff Yeager!
I love to hear what other people are doing. 



It’s official: I’ve become my grandmother. I realized it the other morning when I opened the door to our freezer.

That icy vault was packed to the brim. But — in the finest tradition of my Grandma Yeager — it wasn’t filled so much with leftovers, like you’d find in most household freezers. You see, my Grams had a few deep-frozen secrets. She knew about weird stuff; weird stuff you can deep-six in the freezer and maybe save some money in the process.
* Candles: Keep your wax candles in the freezer and they’ll burn longer. It’s especially good for slim table tapers that normally burn very fast.
* Batteries: A number of studies have shown that storing batteries in the freezer helps them retain their charge longer. This is less true for alkaline batteries (freezing extends their shelf life by only about 5%) than it is for NiMH and Nicad batteries often used in electronics. Keeping NiMH batteries in the freezer can boost battery life by 90%.
* Plant Seeds: Many (but not all) types of plant seeds will keep longer and germinate more successfully when stored in the freezer. Consult a copy of Seed Storage of Horticultural Crops, by S.D. Doijode, for more than you’d ever want to know about this fascinating topic. Many of the planet’s most important seeds are being stored in the chilly “doomsday” seed vault in Norway.

* Plastic Soda Bottles Filled with Water: Grandma knew that keeping her freezer chockfull helped to insulate it and perform better, and kept things cold longer if the electricity failed. I like to fill empty plastic soda bottles nearly full with water, and put them in the freezer to take up any vacant space. Plus they make convenient “drip-less ice cubes” to use instead of real ice cubes in my ice chest.

* Wine cubes: When you have a little leftover wine from dinner, pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze it. “Wine cubes” are perfect to use in making stock and other cooking.

* Wooden Voodoo Mask: A carved wooden mask I picked up at Mardi Gras last year is showing the telltale pinholes of a woodworm infestation. As they know in the furniture refinishing business, placing a wooden item in the deep freezer for a couple of weeks will kill woodworms and their eggs.

* Pantyhose: Like Grandma Yeager, I don’t wear them, but my wife sure does. She swears that if she keeps her pantyhose in the freezer, they’re less likely to run and they last longer. (I just can’t imagine how she gets up enough courage to slide into an icy pair every morning.)
* Some Actual Food: Sure, we do keep some food in our freezer, but even that’s a bit unusual. We store our spices and coffee in the freezer to keep them fresher, and by freezing our popcorn and popping it while it’s still frozen, it pops lighter and with fewer un-popped kernels.
* Laundry: Grams always had a plastic bag filled with damp laundry in her freezer; she claimed that freezing clothing after she washed it made it easier to iron. We don’t do that, primarily because we haven’t ironed clothes at our house since the Johnson administration. Nor, for that matter, do we keep spare cash hidden in the freezer, like Grandma did. I remember once when I was a kid, Grams went to pay me for mowing her lawn. She peeled a stiff $5 bill off of her frozen girdle in the icebox and handed it over to me.
And you wonder why I have issues?
– By Jeff Yeager
** This is Tiffany, I have also heard of people freezing kids stuffed toys to kill germs…. I am just saying….

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  1. Robyn says

    didn't know about a couple of these! we do keep batteries in there and the bottom of our deep freezer is full of gallons of water for the same reason…learned that growing up!

  2. Cara says

    That is funny. We do the frozen 2-liters but only to use them when boiling crawfish, they put them in at some point of the process and it make them easier to peel.LOL. Pantyhose, really?

  3. says

    I wonder if it would kill lice.Not that I would know anything about lice because I don't.{shiver down my spine}But if I did, I'd remember it very well and be screaming ALL IN CAPS!Funny. I freeze my Mardi Gras mask, too. Wormwood is big here in Utah. Along with shootin' critters before a hurricane.

  4. Melissa says

    Other “weird” things I freeze are Gallons of Milk and Bread! I never thought it was unusual but, my company does. Lol!

  5. says

    Wine cubes… not sure I understand the concept of “leftover” wine…
    though I will admit , I have herbs, particularly cilantro and celery(which isnt an “Herb” but wilts too fast)
    right now , wheat bread is on sale at HEB , so i have about 10 loaves of frozen bread in mine, and precooked rice is in there too, a REAL saver when you need to cook dinner in a hurry

  6. says

    My mom left her bucket of rice without a lid, and it got mothy. We hand-sorted out anything we could see, then sealed meal-size servings into sealer bags and they’re spending a nice cold week or so in the freezer, to kill anything that might be left.
    If you get any food items on clearance or at a “scratch and dent”, bag and freeze it for a week before using it.

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