What Staples Do You Keep In Your Freezer?

A well-stocked freezer is invaluable for making dinners in a flash, whipping up desserts, and enjoying fruits and vegetables out of season. The freezer is also an ideal place to store many pantry ingredients for longer periods of time, preventing spoilage and pests. What staples do you keep frozen?

Here's what I almost always have in my freezer:

nuts, including almonds (whole and blanched), pine nuts, and pistachios

cooked beans – at least two kinds, usually black and white

homemade stock, frozen in small portions for quick soup making

• flavor builders like ginger, roasted garlic, and caramelized onions

• vegetables like winter greens, peas, and edamame

fruit and berries for smoothies, compotes, and desserts

flour and cornmeal

homemade breadcrumbs

puff pastry and phyllo dough for appetizers, entrées, and desserts

What are your freezer must-haves?

Related: What Are Essential Pantry Items for the Freezer?

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Emily Han (formerly Emily Ho) is a writer, recipe developer and educator on topics such as food preservation, wild food and herbalism. She is author of Wild Drinks and Cocktails (Fall 2015), co-founder of Food Swap Network and creator of Miss Chiffonade