9/26/13

Ten Foods You Can Freeze to Preserve

 
 
Freezing is a fantastic way to preserve food. Frozen food does not last as long as canned, but if you can remember that it is there (key point here) it is very convenient. When you have a small batch that is too little to preserve by canning and too much to get eaten before it goes bad, freezing is an excellent choice.

I have seen lists of things you can freeze on Pinterest. I have even tried some. There are some, like whole limes that work great. Others, like avocados, not so much. Can you can freeze whole avocados? Yes, you can. Should you? NO! They may look lovely when they come out all frozen. But believe me it is just a trick. Once they defrost and you slice them or mush them, the results are not pleasant. The taste reminds me of a cross between a rotten banana and a penny. Not a good combo. Whew. I tested that one out for you, so don't waste your pennies on that idea!

 

What can you freeze with little to no change? Here are ten foods that I thought were a raging success.


1.Whole Chilies
2. Jalapenos
3. Peppers
Defrost, and use in any recipe that calls for fresh.
 

4. Peaches
Wash and put in the freezer whole. Store them in Ziploc bags and pull them out as needed. Run them under hot water and the skins peel right off. Then allow to defrost and enjoy. For smoothies, I cut them up and store them in small containers.
 

5. Lemons/limes
Let them defrost just a bit and grate the zest into recipes. They defrost with juices flowing!
 

 6. Milk cubes
 All ready to go for smoothies or for making goat's milk lotion or soap in the winter.
 

 7. Grapes.
Now I wouldn't let them defrost and expect miracles. But they make a really good frozen treat.
 

 8. Mushrooms
Only one 'shroom eater in our home, so if I get a whole carton, there is no way to get them used up. Clean them sliced them, freeze them and throw them in his serving only.


9. Tomatoes
You can cut them up first and throw in freezer to defrost for sauce or chili. Alternately, clean them and put them in whole. Run the frozen tomato under hot water and the skins come right off.


10. Smoothies make great Popsicles. You can also put them in cups or mason jars and freeze. Add to kids lunches. By the time lunch rolls around, it is smoothie style again!

Bonus: Whipped cream
The time for hot chocolate is near. Resist the spray can and go for the real stuff. Whip up the cream, put it in baggie and cut one end off. Swirl onto a cookie sheet and freeze.

 
Once frozen, transfer to a storage container and keep in the freezer. Pull them out and top off your hot chocolate. Or, if you are in need of ice cream and are out, these are good in a pinch. Also good sandwiched between two warm chocolate chip cookies.  
Just for fun, add a drop of peppermint or orange essential oil when you are whipping for fun flavored cocoa. Bring on the fall and the cocoa!


Hey, there are way more than 10 great things to freeze, here are a few more:
  • Whole PBJ's. Make up ten at once and in the morning, your kids can throw the sandwich in their lunch bag.
  • Onions. If you need a good cry, dice the a bag of onions at one time. Store them in the freezer. Be sure to double bag them if you don't want onion flavored ice cream.
  • Chicken Broth
  • Fresh Herbs: dice them up first and stored covered in the freezer.
  • Chips and cookies
  • Pure Maple Syrup
  • Bread and Tortillas
What are some other tried and true foods you can freeze and enjoy later?

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30 comments:

  1. I never thought about freezing milk cubes for use in smoothies -- cool!

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    1. I like milk cubes rather than ice cubes. Makes for a much richer smoothie.

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  2. Great ideas! I love freezing things.

    I am visiting from Fidling Fridays!

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  3. Great tips! As to AVOCADO'S! Avocados can be frozen if peeled, pitted and mashed down to get out the air pockets. Seal in the flavor by laying waxed paper on it's surface.

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    1. I have tried them this way too, but maybe the waxed paper was the missing ingredient. Curiosity may have me trying again!

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  4. I would not have thought the tomatoes would freeze well. Yea! It seems like I never have them when I need them. Also- yuck on the avocado

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    1. Yes, tomatoes freeze well, for cooking with, not to slice and put on a sandwich or anything. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Great list - thanks. I don't can but really love to freeze summer produce. Always looking for new ideas. Found you on From the Farm Blog Hop.
    Lea @ www.adropofthis.com

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  6. I agree with you about the avocados but I have successfully frozen homemade guacamole. It changes the texture so it's like the packets you can buy (like at Trader Joe's) but the flavor is okay. Not like fresh but nice in a pinch. I've also frozen applesauce (comes out almost as good as fresh) and baba ganoosh (texture change but still good). Frozen blackberries are awesome in drinks.

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    1. I will have to try applesauce. We never go through a whole jar and it goes bad. What is baba ganoosh?

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  7. Great ideas - especially the whipped cream! We shared at homesteadlady.com FB page.

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  8. Great ideas. And thank you for testing out that avocado one. I was really hoping it worked but oh well at least I didn't waste any trying it.

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    1. Well, taste is relative. I thought it was disgusting, but I am kinda picky. But yea, it is too good to be true.

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  9. I tried freezing nectarines this year, figuring they would be similar to peaches. We shall see. :)
    P.S. That whipped cream looks delicious!!

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    1. I would imagine they would behave the same. I think I am going to try pears too and see.

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  10. You can freeze guacamole, so there's always that option for freezing avocados. I love the milk cube idea for smoothies! Now to find some ice cube trays...

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    1. Trickier is getting the milk out of the trays once you do find them. Stubborn suckers.

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  11. Thanks for letting me know that I can freeze tomatoes. I am at my limit with canning and still have a box left!

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    1. The key is remembering that they are there. I am finding last year's tomatoes in corners of the freezer.

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  12. Love the tip about the milk cubes! Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Greens!

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  13. Great list!

    I've tried the frozen grapes and my boys won't eat them. We put them in smoothies, so it's not a complete loss. I'll have to try some of your other suggestions.

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    1. Never tried grapes in smoothies! Next time for sure.

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  14. Fun! I've tried several of these, and will have to give the others a try. I also freeze peeled bananas for smoothies, and mashed banana for banana bread. Thank you for sharing this on the HomeAcre Hop. I can't wait to see what you will link up this week.

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