Freezing produce is an easy way to make your groceries (and budget) go further and here we will share 5 tips to make produce last longer. So, when you see a great sale on berries or broccoli you should buy because buying and freezing can give you delicious produce no matter what time of year without having to follow Mother Nature’s schedule.
You always want to eat a rainbow of colors from the produce section so take advantage of the sales when you can!
Freezing should happen at the peak of freshness in order to guarantee the highest quality and best flavor after thawing.
Remove as much oxygen from the container as possible when storing your frozen goods.
Label your frozen foods. Don’t forget to include the date, type of food, number of servings and any additional identifying information.
When freezing delicate, high-moisture fruits, try completely freezing them in a single layer before moving them to an airtight container.
Before heading to the freezer, blanch veggies quickly in boiling water, followed by a dip in an ice bath.
Here are a couple of ways to use your frozen fruit:
Strawberry Banana Popsicles
- 1 large banana, frozen
- 12 strawberries, fresh or frozen
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and put in the freezer until frozen, about 8 hours.
- If your popsicle molds do not have a slot for sticks, add popsicle sticks in the middle after they have been in the freezer for 2 hours.
Immune Boosting Smoothie
- ½ orange, peeled
- ½ cup frozen pineapple
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 frozen banana, peeled
- 1 frozen kiwi, peeled
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- ¼ inch piece orange peel
- 1 pinch ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch ground turmeric
- 4 ice cubes
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend about 1 – 2 minutes, until smooth. Pour in a glass and enjoy!
Smoothies are very versatile. Try this smoothie with any frozen fruit or vegetable you might like. Try adding spinach or kale to get in some greens. Carrots will add some sweetness to your drink. Add any berries or frozen peaches you have on hand. Mix it up and make a different smoothie every day.
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