Freeze Food for Later

Using your freezer is a great way to reduce food waste. It's also a great time saver since you'll have food already prepped for when you're in a hurry.

Tips to keep in mind when freezing food:

  • Keep your freezer temperature at 0°F or lower.
  • Freeze food in meal-sized portions.
  • Prevent freezer burn by keeping air away from food.
  • Label the packaging with the date and contents.
  • Thaw only as much food as you plan to use at one time.

Visit the USDA web site for information on freezing and food safety.

Download our Freezer storage guide (pdf) to learn how to freeze fruits, vegetables, herbs, meat, poultry, fish, bread, and leftovers.