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6 Foods You Had No Idea You Could Freeze

Who knew the coldest area of your fridge could house more than just microwavable pizza?

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Egg whites

The essential ingredient behind all manner of meringue-based eats can last up to 12 months within the coldest of your kitchen’s confines. Egg experts maintain these will work the best if thawed within the fridge the night before baking. Thanks, eggsperts!

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Roux

The fat and flour base for many a saucy sauce can be stored for up to six months within a freezer by first dipping it into ice trays until it solidifies and then tossing in a freezer bag. Caveat: Much like your holiday waistline, roux expands in cold weather.

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Buttermilk

Pancakes‘ delicious DNA lasts slightly longer in a refrigerator than it does in your mouth. Solve that by first freezing buttermilk in ice trays, and then place them in some sort of resealable Tupperware device. The resulting cow cubes will last for up to three months!

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Bread

Carbs do indeed like the cold. Sliced sandwich bread can last over three months within the ice box while a baguette can maintain for a month, and subsequently be returned to its former Gallic glory via dousing it with a wee bit of water before it hits the oven. Vive la France!

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Potato chips and pretzels

Are you both a snack enthusiast and a fan of buying in bulk? Do the latter and have no worry about the expiration date of the former once you pile your delicious goods into your freezing friend. Not only does the chill double their expiration date, but the cold actually adds to their crispy content. Just remember to vacuum your couch cushions when you’re done.

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Avocados

These addictive little guacamole makers aren’t cheap. Freeze your financial addiction to “alligator pears” by freezing them. Cut the fruit in half, peel, then quickly place your hors d’oeuvres ornament within the fridge’s bristly basement for best/future results.

Originally Published on Reader's Digest