The Very Best Ways to Store Fresh Bread

Let’s start off with the bad news: If there’s a loaf of lean bread on your counter—meaning a loaf without added fat or sugar, such as a sourdough boule, ciabatta, or a baguette—it’s only at its best for a few days after baking. After 48 hou…

Let's start off with the bad news: If there's a loaf of lean bread on your counter—meaning a loaf without added fat or sugar, such as a sourdough boule, ciabatta, or a baguette—it's only at its best for a few days after baking. After 48 hours or so, the bread loses flavor and becomes harder and dryer.

This puts you in a predicament. Either you eat an entire loaf of bread in two days (not easy for even the hungriest of single people), or you watch something beautiful die. Or mold. Or stale. 

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Can You Freeze Cheese?

Can you freeze cheese for a longer shelf-life? Sure you can! But, will it taste good? Well, it depends.

Freezing can irreversibly alter some cheeses’ fat membranes and protein networks. When water in cheese freezes into crystals, those crystals (ice t…

Can you freeze cheese for a longer shelf-life? Sure you can! But, will it taste good? Well, it depends.

Freezing can irreversibly alter some cheeses’ fat membranes and protein networks. When water in cheese freezes into crystals, those crystals (ice takes up more space than water does) cause the fat membranes to collapse. Which means, when thawed, originally creamy cheeses can taste grainy, crumbly, or worst of all off.

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What to Do With Ingredients That Are About to Go Bad

In the past week alone, grocery shopping has become enormously complicated. Maybe you aren’t able to leave home right now, or the nearest supermarket is all but stripped clean, or your go-to online delivery service has no available slots. In any case, …

In the past week alone, grocery shopping has become enormously complicated. Maybe you aren’t able to leave home right now, or the nearest supermarket is all but stripped clean, or your go-to online delivery service has no available slots. In any case, the food that’s already in your fridge is precious. Today, we’ll break down how to make the most of it.


First Things First

The good news is, “almost everything freezes well,” according to Marion Cunningham in The Fannie Farmer Cookbook. This goes for raw foods and prepared meals. That said, there are some foods that don’t hold up well. Here’s Cunningham’s don’t-freeze list:

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20 Make-Ahead Dinners to Freeze Now for Whenever You Need Them

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make th…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.


I remember when my parents decided to buy a stand-alone freezer. They rolled the enormous ice box into our garage, and my sister and I promptly began listing all of the ice cream flavors we wanted to stuff inside. My parents had other ideas. The new freezer was to be a savory-food-only zone—a place to stash my mom’s big batches of crawfish étouffée and gumbo, my dad’s steaks and stews. No more cramming containers into our fridge’s little drawer. It marked a new era, an Ice Age of freezer-friendly meals to pull out and thaw on busy weeknights.

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Yes, You Can Freeze Asparagus—Here’s How

Sure, the warming temperatures and extra hours of sunlight are sweet and all, but one of the best parts about the onset of spring are those first glimpses of asparagus. From the end of February (when the season begins) to about June (when it ends), you…

Sure, the warming temperatures and extra hours of sunlight are sweet and all, but one of the best parts about the onset of spring are those first glimpses of asparagus. From the end of February (when the season begins) to about June (when it ends), you'll find these crisp, bright-green stalks in everything from mint-flecked salads to lemony risottos.

But what about those times when asparagus isn't in season? Or when your favorite fresh bundles are in low supply at the market? The solution: freeze it.

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17 Costco Frozen Foods You Should Be Stocking Your Freezer With

I feel a huge sense of satisfaction when my freezer is full. In fact, I feel the same way about a well-stocked freezer as I do about a well-stocked pantry: peace of mind, building blocks for dinners at the ready, and fewer trips to the store.
Yes, som…

I feel a huge sense of satisfaction when my freezer is full. In fact, I feel the same way about a well-stocked freezer as I do about a well-stocked pantry: peace of mind, building blocks for dinners at the ready, and fewer trips to the store.

Yes, some of the things in my freezer are things I’ve made and tucked away for another day (mini banana bread loaves and bolognese sauce and whatnot). But a lot of my freezer real estate is devoted to raw ingredients and some prepared foods, as well. Stocking up on quality ingredients at terrific prices essentially means that when I am meal planning for the week and don’t have time to go to the store, then I can just “grocery shop” in my own freezer!

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