Freezers frequently contain ice cubes, mixed veggies, frozen pizza, and ice cream. Since working from home now, I have been in the kitchen more, thus using my freezer more than ever.
Whether you are the only cook in the house or sharing the responsibility, everyone needs a break. A freezer can be a lifesaver, great for having fresh food on hand to encourage less take-out, enjoy cooking more, and eat healthier. Place a magnetic grocery pad on the fridge easy to see and update. Take advantage of seasonal and weekly sales for fruit, meat, chicken, and seafood.
Preparing to freeze a food item.
- Purchase one or more containers of fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and huckleberries).
- Place berries into a colander.
- Rinsed quickly with cold water.
- Shake the colander gently until the water has drained out.
- Pour berries into a gallon or smaller zip lock freezer bags, dated and labeled.
- Shake the bag slightly to arrange the berries evenly.
- Set bag of berries flat in the freezer until completely frozen.
- Once frozen, the bag can be stored casually.
Foods that freeze well.
- Raw chicken breasts, fish, and beef steaks. (Three oz to four oz portion sizes.)
- Raw cookie dough rolled into balls or long rolls.
- Loaves of bread or baguettes. (Cut into thin slices.)
- Roasted and peeled chili peppers.
- Roasts-keep whole or cut in half.
- Canned tomatoes, beans including refried.
- Brown, wild, and white rice. (Cooked and cooled.)
- Tomato or meat spaghetti sauce. (Cook noodles at the meal for fresh tasting.)
- Meat or vegetarian chili with beans.
- Broth-based soups or stews (Chicken noodle soup, stews, beef soup, and bean soups.)
- Prepared cakes. (Once cooled, best cut into serving sizes before freezing.)
Foods that do not freeze well.
- Fresh tomatoes.
- Mashed and baked potatoes.
- All types of plain pasta. Defrosting tends to make soggy.
- All types of lettuce and other green leafy vegetables.
- Cream soups.
- Melons, apples, oranges, and bananas.
- Use all frozen food items within three months.
- When planning to use a portion of a frozen item, drop the bag gently on a hard surface to allow frozen items to loosen from each other.
- Thaw in the refrigerator or microwave. (Do not thaw food at room temperature.)
Start loading up the freezer now!