Freeze berries: Use a baking sheet
Prevent a mushy mess by freezing berries on a baking sheet in a single layer first. The exposure to the cold freezes them quickly. This prevents the formation of large ice crystals, which destroys cell walls and makes berries lose their structure and become soft when they thaw. Once frozen, transfer to a plastic freezer bag.
Freeze milk: Save it before vacation
Accidentally bought a gallon of milk before leaving town? Freeze it at 0ºF for up to three months. Milk expands when frozen, so pour out a bit first if the container is full. Thaw in the refrigerator for two to three days.