As a general rule, foods can be stored in the freezer for three to six months, however, we’ve included some timelines for items that will keep well past that guideline. Remember to write the date on your freezer foods and leave space at the top of any container because foods and liquids expand when frozen.

Freeze This:

  • Cheese
  • Cracked-open eggs and egg whites (up to a year)
  • Bread, bagels and tortillas
  • Nuts (anywhere from six months to a year)
  • Milk
  • Whole-wheat flour (up to two years)
  • Tofu
  • Bananas and low-water fruits (You can freeze other fruits if you plan to make smoothies, sauces or spreads, because watery fruits tend to get mushy after being frozen.)
  • Applesauce
  • Tomato paste
  • Broths and stocks
  • Juice and citrus zest

Not That:
These Veggies:
celery, cucumbers, lettuce, uncooked potatoes, and salad greens
These Fruits: apples, grapefruits, lemons, limes, oranges, and watermelon
These Dairy Items: cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, and salad dressing


“31 Things You Can Freeze to Save Time & Money,”, Jan. 20, 2017.

“12 Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Freeze,” Food Network Kitchen,, accessed on May 5, 2017.

“The Do-Not-Freeze-These-Foods List,” Stephanie Barlow,, March 21, 2012.