Keto Essentials – Top 8 freezer items
After a hard day’s work, sometimes you don’t want to spend ages shopping for fresh keto-friendly food and instead, you just want to head home. Luckily, you don’t have to, you can grab stuff out of the freezer for those trying times. But what keto-friendly food should you keep in your freezer? This article lists the top 8 keto essentials that you should always have in your freezer.
Related – this article is part of our keto essential series. Check out the others for more keto tips & tricks.
1 – Raw Meat
Most of my main keto meals usually contain some portion of meat as the main protein source. I tend to do a big shop of raw meat every month and freeze the majority of it. Then, I remove what I need the night before and allow it to defrost in the fridge.
My top keto freezer essentials raw meats are (in no order):
- Whole Chicken
- Chicken Breast / Thighs / Wings
- Beef / Turkey Mince
- Beef / Turkey Steak
- Pork Chops
- Pork / Lamb / Beef Ribs
2 – Cooked Meat
I like to meal plan quite a bit and so normally every couple of weeks I will buy some meat like chicken thighs and marinate them overnight. I’ll then cook, separate and freeze them in individual portions. I can then only take out and defrost what I need.
3 – Cauliflower
Cauliflower really does go with almost anything. It’s low in carbs (3g per 100g) and pretty cheap! I tend to pick up a couple of bags of florets once a month. You can then cook them straight from frozen either on the hob or in a microwave.
4 – Cauliflower Rice
I could have put this under number 3 but I think this deserves its very own section. Having bags of ready-made cauliflower rice makes life so much easier. You can even have it ready to serve in only 4 minutes.
Check out our article here on where you can buy it along with other types of keto-safe rice.
5 – Spinach
Spinach is one of the lowest carb vegetables at only 1g per 100g serving. I always have a bag of spinach in my freezer for this very reason. Most UK supermarkets sell it in the frozen aisle in bags that contain little spinach bricks, making portioning incredibly easy.
6 – Broccoli
Broccoli may be slightly higher in carbs than cauliflower (4g vs 3g per 100g), but it’s another staple that should be in everyone’s freezer. All supermarkets stock frozen florets but some also sale Tenderstem varieties as well.
7- Brussels Sprouts
Pan-fried Brussels sprouts and bacon is one of my favourite dishes, so I always keep a bag of sprouts in my freezer. At 4.5g of carbs per 100g, they are one of the higher carb vegetables but are great as part of your main meal every once in a while.
Recommended dishes to try:
- Garlic and Bacon Brussels Sprouts – Ruled Me
- Creamy Garlic Parmesan Brussels Sprouts – Gimme Delicious
- Creamy Garlic Parmesan Brussels Sprouts with Bacon – Cafe Delites
8 – Pre-cooked Meals
If I know I’m going to busy for a couple of days (or more), I like to meal prep in advance. This takes the pain out of having to decide what to eat and cook.
I’ll usually spend a couple of hours preparing and then only keep about three days worth of meals in the fridge and the rest will go in my freezer divided into individual containers.
Check out our article on keto meal prepping to see some great recipe ideas, as well as what containers to use.
What are your keto freezer essentials? Anything you can’t do without? Let me know!