We love freezer hacks here at Expert Home Tips, and today we're sharing 14 of our favourites with you.
Discover foods you never knew you could freeze, why you should store batteries in the freezer, how to prevent freezer burn and much, much more.
Freezers are way more useful than you ever imagined! Find out why now...
1. Why you should freeze batteries
Batteries don't come cheap, and it's both frustrating and costly when they run out.
Keep your toys, remotes and other battery-powered items going for longer by storing your batteries...in the freezer.
Most people don't know, but batteries begin to discharge (even when not in use) at room temperature. Storing batteries in the freezer can reduce their loss of power by up to 90%, so it's definitely worth doing.
2. Freeze mozzarella for grating
Mozzarella contains less than 3/4 the calories of other cheeses, such as cheddar and gruyere.
If you're trying to lose weight, or even just try something new, grated mozzarella could be just the thing for you.
Freeze a ball of mozzarella for about 30 minutes, and you'll be able to grate it easily and mess-free. It's perfect for a lighter pizza or sprinkling onto your favourite Italian dishes.
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3. Yoghurt pop
Our last freezer hack is definitely one of our favourites.
If you love ice cream and ice pops, but want to keep things healthy, why not try freezing your yoghurt pots?
All you need to do is place a lollipop stick into the yoghurt pot, then freeze. They make seriously tasty, healthy and nutritious treats - perfect for kids and adults alike.
4. Freezer hack to make crisps super tasty
Crips - who knew potatoes could be so tasty. The only downside of crisps (besides the calories, we mean) is that they can go stale.
Well, your crisp-prayers have been answered. Next time you open and don't finish a share bag of crisps (an unlikely thing in our home), pop them into the freezer. This will keep them crisp until you next fancy some.
5. Freeze wine
Not going to finish that bottle of red you opened at the weekend?
Don't let your wine go to waste. Instead, freeze it!
Pour your wine into an empty ice cube tray, and freeze. The wine ice cubes will come in handy for dishes that require a dash of red or white, and you won't have to buy a whole new bottle.
Wine ice cubes are also good for popping into wine in Summer. If you like Spritzers, white wine ice cubes can be used instead of ice to prevent dilution of your drink - delicious!
Check out our other unusual ways to use wine today for more great ideas.
6. Freeze water bottles in Summer
If you have kids, you may well have discovered this freezer hack already.
A cold drink really is like a dream come true on a hot Summer's day, especially after PE.
A great way to keep drinks cooler for longer if you don't have a fridge is to freeze the bottles. Take them out in the morning and pop them in your bag. They'll defrost slowly during the day, leaving you with an ice-cold beverage to sip on.
7. How to seal freezer bags
Resealable freezer bags are great. Second best are freezer clips. Don't have either?
When we run out, we use binder clips. These are strong enough to keep even the fullest of packaged goods sealed.
TOP TIP: Bought a bag of frozen chicken breasts, battered cod or burgers? The packaging takes up so much unnecessary room in your freezer. Before freezing, take the items out from the packet and rebag them up in the portions required. You'll save so much space.
8. Freezer hack for bakers
Are you a fan of baking?
If, like us, you have a bit of a problem with portion control, freezing your dough for later could help.
When you bake, make a batch of dough, then bake only the cookies you intend to eat that day. Portion the others up, and freeze for later.
These can then be pulled out of the freezer and baked when you fancy a cheeky mid-week treat.
9. Clean your jeans in the freezer
Wow, this is certainly a new one for us!
If you want to make sure your jeans are clean, but don't want to ruin their texture or colour, your freezer could be the answer.
Place your folded jeans inside a clean plastic bag, and pop on a clean shelf in your freezer. The sub-zero temperature will kill germs and make them much fresher.
10. A freezer hack for those leftover herbs
We love cooking delicious, flavoursome meals here at Expert Home Tips, but one thing we don't love, is food waste.
If your recipe calls for lots of fresh herbs you know you might not use in the days to come, you can freeze them for later.
Use an ice cube tray and put some cut herbs into each section. Top with water, and freeze. They're great for throwing into soups, stews and other dishes to add a burst of authentic flavour.
11. This is why you should freeze candles
Freeze candles?! Yes, really!
Giving your candles a blast in the freezer overnight before lighting them will prolong their burn time.
This is particularly useful for long, thin candles, which aren't anywhere near as aesthetic when short.
Try this freezer hack before a party and keep the room lit all night long.
12. Can you freeze rice?
The answer? Yes, yes you can!
This is good news for all your stir-fries, side dishes and even salads.
Rice can take a while to cook, so having some on hang in the freezer will make getting delicious dinners on the table easy during the week.
Next time you're cooking rice, cook more than you need and portion and freeze the rest for a later date.
13. How to get thin, Chinese-style chicken
Have you ever noticed that, when you got to the Chinese or get a takeaway, the chicken is always very thin, very neat, and very...perfect?
Have you also ever tried to replicate this at home only to end up with irregular shapes? We have the answer - a freezer hack!
Use frozen chicken breasts for your stirfries. Take them out of the freezer to thaw, and slice them about 45minutes-hour into thaw time. The frozen texture of the meat will be much easier for your knife to slice through neatly, and won't lose its shape when you apply pressure.
14. Grape ice cubes are great for Summer
There's nothing worse than planning a refreshing glass of wine at the end of a long day, only to get home and find there's no wine on chill.
Grape icecubes are your best friend in such situations.
Next time you buy a bunch of grapes, throw some into a freezer bag and pop them into your freezer.
They'll chill your glass of wine in minutes without diluting it - genius! (They're also pretty tasty).
What freezer hack could you not live without? Tell us your favourite in the comments below!