What You Can and Can’t Freeze When Making Freezer Meals

What you can and Can't Freeze

 Your husband, children, and anyone else who might be eating your freezer meals owes me a BIG thank you for this post! This is a list that I have personally put together based on the successes and failures of freezer meals. (For that matter, you owe my dear husband and kids a thank you, too!) So learn from my experience…here is what you do – and don’t – want to try freezing:

Do Freeze:

  • Marinades
  • Cooked rice (long grain freezes better than minute rice)
  • Bread dough
  • Cookie dough
  • Rolls
  • Muffins
  • Burritos
  • Waffles
  • Shredded cheese
  • Broth-based soups
  • Pasta Sauces
  • Cooked ground turkey and beef
  • Fish
  • Grapes
  • Shredded potatoes

Don’t Freeze:

  • Celery
  • Lettuce
  • Cream Cheese
  • Blocks of Cheese
  • Anything with gelatin
  • Mayonnaise
  • Fully cooked noodles (only cook noodles partially. As the noodles thaw, the moisture will continue to soften the noodles, and after reheating the noodles will be just about right.)
  • Anything fried – it goes soggy after being frozen.

Is there anything you’ve discovered that freezes well? Or doesn’t? Please let us know by commenting below. And be sure to check out my cookbook Healthy Eating The Happy Gal Way for more great tips on freezer meals, as well as access to weeks worth of freezer meals (click HERE for more information about the cookbook.) Once a Month Meals is another great resource for freezer meals. Check them out HERE.


  1. Clam chowder did not freeze well. I don’t know if it because it is a cream based soup or what it was, but it thawed in clumps and was watery.

    • Thanks for your comment, Kammie. Cream based soups generally don’t freeze as well as broth soups. If you want to make it work, you usually have to add some milk and play around with the consistency – and it’s still not as good as when it’s fresh. It can work in a pinch, but thanks for the reminder to stick to broth-based soups.

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