Meat & Fish
Make sure you freeze the food before it goes past its use by date; the freezer keeps food in suspended animation but it’s not a time machine.
Wrap up meat and fish properly otherwise it’ll get freezer burn. This can make foods tough and inedible. What is properly? Well, if you’re freezing it straight from the shops, then the packaging you bought it in should be fine; the black plastic tub, the fish bag.
If you’re packaging it yourself then any plastic tub will do: again, think ice-cream tub, takeaway tub.
You can freeze meat for a long time and it will still be safe to eat, but the quality will deteriorate so it’s best to eat it within three to six months. Plus what are the chances that you actually *want* to eat that slightly burned stew? Not going to be increased by sitting in the freezer for 6 months. So get it defrosted, shove some mash on top and put plenty of ketchup on the side.