Surprising freezer-friendly foods

Your freezer is actually good for more than storing pizza, ice cream and vodka. In fact, with just a little effort, you can freeze some surprising foods and always have them on hand when you need them, which can save you loads of time and lots of cold, hard cash

 

Freezing food is a great way to save dough but the method of storage is the key to its quality.

According to the FDA, most foods can be frozen INDEFINITELY…meaning you could theoretically eat something after ten years in the freezer and not worry about the SAFETY of it…The QUALITY on the other hand is a different story. Quality is best maintained when the internal freezer temperature is below 0 degrees farenheit or -18 degrees celcius – That’s cold enough to keep your ice cream rock solid

HERBS

I never make it through a bunch of fresh herbs before they go bad so a great solution is to chop them up, put them in an ice cube tray and add water. Next time you need herbs in a pasta sauce or soup, just toss in a cube. The water will evaporate during cooking.

GINGER

Those huge chunks you buy at the store rarely get used completely. Why not peel your ginger and store it in cubes? Then just grab it and grate it according to your recipe.

BANANAS

These potassium powerhouses can be stored in their peels. The peel will go black but take it off and you have a frosty treat that will cool your smoothie without watering it down

TOMATOES

Most people think of canning tomatoes when they’re perfectly ripe and in season. I don’t have the patience for canning so I freeze them instead. Their texture will become mushy once they’re thawed so they are ideal in soups, stews and sauces. One bonus…The skins peel off effortlessly.

CITRUS

Citrus zest can be preserved for your next culinary quest by zesting it directly onto plastic wrap, rolling it and putting it a freezer bag. You can freeze lemon, orange and grapefruit juice in ice cube trays and then use them for cooking or cocktails…Two lemon juice cubes in vodka…MMMMM…

Hopefully these tips will help you save lots of time, money and flavor! Do you have a food tip you can’t live without? Share it in the comment section below.

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