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Old 05-21-2012, 12:25 AM   #1
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freezing things you wouldn't usually freeze

Here is my dilemma. We will be going to my Dad's house in northern AZ to escape the heat and relax. We will only be there a week, ten days tops, due to various obligations here in Phoenix. In years past it wasn't a problem, Dad was more mobile and stayed there all summer. This year he will be traveling back and forth with us. I will have little to no space in the car to bring food items back. (Three adults, two cats in carrying bags, a walker, and a limited amount of luggage in a car with a smallish trunk)

Things like a partial carton of orange juice, partial bottle of milk, half a dozen eggs, etc. Can I freeze any or all of them? I will have ample freezer space. Or should I just toss them and start again the next time we go up?

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milk and juice can both be frozen no problem. Not sure about eggs, but let me check.

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Do you have a needy friend who wouldnt mind opened things?

Hard boil the eggs and take them with you as snacks. They can stuff into a cooler easily.

Drink the OJ or make little freezie pops.

Plan ahead more since this will happen again so you use up the perishables before you go. Eat food out of the freezer if you run out too fast.
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The eggs will be fine. Just leave in the fridge.

The milk and OJ can be frozen; don't use the cartons they're in, use a fresh container of some sort.
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Also, consider getting a luggage thing on top of your car. Its a big plastic trunk and aerodynamic. Not that you shouldnt pack light
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Be sure to allow for expansion if you're freezing milk or orange juice.

You can freeze eggs if you take them out of the shells. I've heard of people using a large ice cube tray (one cube space for each egg), but I've never done it.
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Be sure to allow for expansion if you're freezing milk or orange juice.

You can freeze eggs if you take them out of the shells. I've heard of people using a large ice cube tray (one cube space for each egg), but I've never done it.
You can also use the egg carton they came in. If it's cardboard, line each cup section with a bit of clingfilm.
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:48 AM   #9
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Do you have a needy friend who wouldnt mind opened things?
That could be a good option, since we have friends close by who spend the whole summer.

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Also, consider getting a luggage thing on top of your car. Its a big plastic trunk and aerodynamic. Not that you shouldnt pack light
My husband would have a melt down. It's a new car. The first *new* new car we have had since 1978.

Thanks for the other info in other responses.

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I'm uphill a bit from you and oy vey, it's a warm spring already! I have no idea how you guys in Phoenix do it. If the 108 isn't killing you, that the nights only get down to 82...ack! Anyway, my sympathy on that. I'm so lucky to be able to live a two-altitude life.

I freeze milk but then only use it to cook thereafter. Freezing tends to separate it, so shake the defrosted stuff before you use it.

Talk about freezing things you wouldn't normally freeze, probably "underwear" would be a good freeze before putting it on and going out into the Phoenix heat.
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I like to have frozen eggs on hand. Not so great for frying, but excellent for use in cooking and baking. Break them into ice cube trays, freeze, then break them into zip locks or use a vacuum sealer.

I worked at a restaurant where the mgr routinely froze gallons of milk. He'd pour a little out to compensate for expansion, and when thawed, used it just like fresh. Just shake it up a bit first.

In your situation, it might be a good idea to invest in a vacuum sealer. Stuff like cheeses can be frozen, but will keep much longer in the fridge when vacuum sealed.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:55 PM   #12
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I'll report my success or failure when we make the second trip and I see how things turned out.

Thanks for all the help.

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I accidentally froze some eggs - it was a spare fridge that was too cold. The eggs were still in their shells and were perfectly fine to use, although it was a bit odd trying to pick the shell off a frozen egg. :P No problems at all. I've also frozen milk before - no issues there, either. Orange juice I wouldn't even think twice about - just freeze it already.
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I always freeze egg whites or yolks when I have to separate them for recipes but only use part of them; like it the recipe calls for three yolks, I freeze the three whites in separate baggies, one each, so next time I have a recipe that needs yolks I just thaw them (they thaw quickly).

Like Chazevelt said, I wouldn't use them for frying/scrambling/whatever, but for baking? Absolutely.
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