Party Staples That Should Be in Every Freezer

Who knew that frozen foods could make entertaining so effortless?
Ashley Koff RD on Better Frozen Foods

Worried that frozen food is not as good for you as what you buy fresh at the store? Celebrity dietician Ashley Koff RD tells you why it's actually some of the healthiest food you'll enjoy.

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Steaks can remain fresh up to a year of freezing.

On your next trip to the market, add a few party staples to your freezer. It’s no fun when last-minute guests come over and you have nothing to feed them. When you’re prepared, though, there’s always a fun night ahead. You may be asking, are frozen foods really a good choice? Will my produce retain its vitamin content? Will my meat suffer from freezer burn? These are all valid questions, but don’t worry we have you covered.

Party Staples That Should Be in Every Freezer

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, freshness and quality at the time of freezing affect the condition of frozen foods. If foods are frozen at peak quality, they’ll taste better than foods frozen near the end of their life. So freeze items sooner rather than later. Store all foods at zero degrees F or lower to retain vitamin content, color, flavor, and texture.

Believe it or not, frozen foods remain safe indefinitely. However, time does affect their quality. Steaks can remain fresh for up to a year in the freezer, poultry is good up to nine months, and casseroles (which are perfect for entertaining) are great for two to three months. These are just a few tips to keep in mind when freezing your food.

Create a shopping list of essential party staples, throw them in the freezer, and serve them at your next dinner party or social gathering with friends. Here are a few freezer must-haves that will keep you party-ready.

Chicken Tenders

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Chicken tenders, like chicken breasts, are a great source of lean protein — and they're much smaller, so they thaw quickly. Chicken tenders remain fresh for up to nine months uncooked and four months cooked if frozen at zero degrees F.




Fish is a great and healthy protein to serve for dinner. Fresh Alaskan salmon makes the perfect quick and easy main course — serve it with easy-to-create mashed potatoes and steamed asparagus.