How often do you freeze your food? We usually store meats, ice cream and casseroles in the freezer. However, there are so many products you can freeze, and some of them may surprise you.
Nuts go rancid within two weeks due to the natural oils in their structure. Freeze nuts to stop the process. Wrap them in plastic and place it in a resealable freezer bag.
Learn how to freeze herbs properly. Chop up your favorite herbs, and put them in ice cube trays. Fill the holes with extra virgin olive oil, and leave some room at the top. Wrap the trays in plastic wrap, and put them in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer the cubes in resealable freezer bag, and use them in your stews or soups.
- Overripe bananas
Ripe bananas are sweet. If you like to freeze them, remove the skin, and wrap the bananas in plastic wrap. Use frozen bananas in your smoothies, and if you are making banana bread, make sure you defrost them in your fridge first.
- Raw eggs
Freezing eggs in their shells isn’t a good idea as the shell will crack. You need to crack the eggs in a bowl, and blend in a pinch of salt. Don’t whip too vigorously. Put the eggs in resealable bags. Pack the right number of eggs you need for your recipe, and use them within a year.
- Corn on the cob
We don’t usually eat corn on the cob in winder. But, you can freeze fresh corns with their husk and silk. If you buy corns from a supermarket, clean and blanch them first. Blanch small corns for 7 minutes, medium-sized pieces for 9 and large corns for 11 minutes.
Garlic is super healthy and easy to freeze. Chop it up, and put it in a bag. You can freeze the whole bulb, too. Always use organic garlic without any mold or green shoots. If you decide to chop it, wait for 10 minutes before putting it in your freezer.
Grapes are healthy and sweet. Wash and dry the fruit and scatter them on a baking sheet. Place it in your freezer for 3-4 hours. Place the grapes in plastic bags, and keep them in your freezer. Use frozen grapes to chill your white wine instead of ice.
Freezing lemons, oranges and limes will help you preserve tons of healthy nutrients. Citruses are rich in folate, vitamin C and antioxidants. But, freezing whole lemons isn’t a good idea either. Slice the lemons thinly, and separate the layers with wax paper. Freeze them. Make sure your fruit is well washed and clean.
Freezer-safe canning jars work great too. Fill them with water and fruit, and leave an inch and a half of free space at the top. Use a piece of crumpled wax paper to keep the fruits down. If you decide to juice them, pour the juice in ice cube trays and freeze. Keep the ice cubes in freezer bags. If you decide to freeze citrus zest, grate the rind and freeze it with several squeezes of the juice.
- Cooked rice
According to Japanese, frozen rice tastes the best. Pack fresh-cooked rice in airtight containers or plastic bags. Reheat it when needed.
Onions are super healthy, too. Peel and dice your onions, and freeze them in plastic bags. You can use them right away – there’s no need to thaw them.
Flour has to be stored in the freezer. Most bakers keep it in the freezer, and it makes their pastry crusts flakier. Freezing flour is a nice way to stop the spoiling, and you will protect it from pests too. Freeze your flour in mason jars or zip-top bags.
You can freeze mushrooms too. Clean them with paper towels, and cut off the bottoms. Slice your mushrooms, and lay them on a baking sheet in one layer. Freeze them for 2 hours, and transfer the bits in airtight containers.
Avocados should be cut in half before the freezing process. Remove the seed, and freeze them in airtight containers. You can also mash them with lemon/lime juice and freeze the puree.
Freeze coffee until solid, and transfer the ice cubes in glass jar. Use them in baking or add a few to your iced coffee.