You can safely freeze raw and cooked meats and even cook defrosted meat into a new meal and freeze for use on another day. Defrost it overnight in the fridge, check it is thoroughly defrosted, use within 24 hours and cook until steaming hot.
Place food in an air-tight container or wrap food well in freezer bags, freezer wrap or cling film before placing in the freezer so that the cold air does not dry it out. Try to expel any air from freezer bags.
It’s safe to freeze almost all food up until the use by date, including meat and meals cooked from previously cooked and frozen meat, such as leftovers. Once defrosted, the pause button is off, so defrost your food as you need it – and eat within 24 hours.
If you are taking advantage of multi-buys or larger pack sizes (e.g. chicken breasts) you can freeze them individually in smaller bags. You can also “batch cook” (cook enough for two or more meals) and eat one and freeze some for later, to avoid waste and minimise the effort of cooking.
Foods can be stored in a freezer for a long time without going off, but the quality will deteriorate over time. Eat your frozen food within 3 to 6 months, and check for any freezing instructions on the packaging.
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Don’t put dirty dishes near the dishwasher, put them straight in it; you don’t need an extra task of loading everyone’s dishes in. Turn it on just before you leave in the morning, or last thing at night, to make sure they’re always clean for when you need them.