Thursday, April 5, 2012

5 Foods You Could Be Freezing


Did you know you can peel and chop a pineapple, freeze it, and then use the chunks in smoothies just like you would frozen bananas? I learned that from my grandma, and it inspired this post.

Here are 5 foods I've learned to buy in bulk when they're on sale or in season and freeze for later.
  1. Pineapple – Check your ads right now! They often go on sale just in time for Easter here. As above, prepare and cut as you normally would, then store in a freezer bag or container. They can be tossed frozen into smoothies for a tropical treat, or you can thaw and use raw without significant mooshiness of texture.

  2. Bell Peppers – Another one from Grandma! They're usually too expensive for my budget, but sometimes I find them on sale for 33-49 cents each and I load up. Wash and slice into strips, pat dry, and freeze. They don't hold up quite as well thawed, but are great to toss into stir fries, scrambled eggs, casseroles, and whatever else you can think of.

  3. Butter – I only buy butter when it's $2.50 per (2lb) box or less, and then I stock up. Just throw the whole, unopened box in your freezer as-is. I've read it does well up to about 8 months, but I never keep track of how long things have been in my freezer. (Except I know that rhubarb has been around since last spring....hmm....)

  4. Bananas – This one's from Mom. If your bananas go over the hill, peel them and stick them in a freezer bag. Frozen, they can be put into smoothies, or thawed in the fridge will serve for banana bread.

  5. Berries – Take advantage of summer sales (or picking if you're lucky!) Wash, gently pat dry (You might cut the tops off your strawberries, though I haven't tried this. I usually freeze blueberries...), and freeze in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag. This way, they won't turn into juicy, crystalized clumps! Throw frozen into smoothies or baked goods.

Not going to lie, the idea of freezing pineapple really rocked my world!

Do you freeze anything unusual?