What’s the most money saving appliance in your kitchen?
It could be the freezer! …If you’re using it to freeze all the things you can/should. The fridge is good too…but not everything belongs in it. (Did you know? Putting your tomatoes in the fridge can help them to lose their flavor)
Why & what to freeze?
Are your Bananas getting too spotty? Quick, peel them & wrap each one in plastic wrap. Put them in the freezer & they’re good for weeks! Good for what? Smoothies, sorbets, overnight oats, vegan ‘ice cream’ base…basically anything where the banana goes into the blender.
The freezer saves your produce from going bad in many instances.
Cut Ginger Root into chunks & wrap well. It won’t get mold & you can still grate or chop it later.
Citrus Zest– Going to use an orange or a fresh lemon? Zest it first! Put the zest into a small plastic bag & freeze it to use later. You’ll need more than usual when you use frozen zest, but it’s still very useful.
Frustrated by short Berry shelf life? If your berries or cherries are about to go bad or you fear mold, the freezer will take care of them. They’re still super in frozen pies, smoothies or to turn into no-cook chia jam.
Want a snack? Put Grapes into the freezer until solid. They turn into an icy sweet snack to lift up an afternoon mood.
Smoothie Greens – Save time & money when making green smoothies by freezing your leaves. Spinach, kale, & collard all go easily from freezer to blender.
How about seasonal-only Cranberries? Enjoy them all year in recipes like our cran-pomegranate chia Panini when you freeze a whole bag!
Tomato Puree…sometimes you don’t need the whole container at once. Portion out the rest onto waxed paper, freeze & use when you need it. (Like in our Chia Spicy Bow-Tie Pasta skillet dinner!)
By looking over foods and knowing what to freeze you can save money & waste less by tossing it into the freezer instead of the garbage. Melons of all sorts, mango, kiwi, and pineapple, are all nicely preserved in the freezer. Pineapple is fairly unique though…it keeps its texture well when frozen, unlike other items such as blueberries, strawberries or melons. By using the freezer & blender together you can save money, time, waste less, and enjoy healthier food all year around.
But what shouldn’t go in the fridge or freezer?
Apples, pears, whole tomatoes, citrus fruits, and…several items in this quick & lively video that explains why items need to stay out of the cold. What shouldn’t you refrigerate?