Freezing items is seriously underrated – It’s the BEST when you are time poor, want to save money or have loads of veggies/ingredients left over that you don’t want to waste! Here’s a list of the items I recommend you stock up on in your freezer to maximize your success in the kitchen.
Some vegetables you can buy already frozen, such as corn and peas. Vegetables such as kale and broccoli, which usually have a long shelf life, can be blanched and then frozen. Slice or chop tomato, zucchini, onion and store in an airtight zip lock bag in the freezer. When you want to use them, simply defrost the veggies in the fridge overnight (or in the microwave) then add them to your dish. Vegetables can often last in the freezer for up to 3 months.
I love my frozen fruits! Frozen fruit is perfect in smoothies, for a quick grab-and-go breakfast. Some of my favourite FRESH fruits include berries or mango! If your favourite fruit is in season and on special, I suggest you buy and freeze these yourself.
I love batch cooking soups and pasta sauces and then freezing them. Perfect for a quick dinner – simply thaw and eat. My favourite pasta sauce to batch cook is my BARE Napoletana sauce!
I’ll typically freeze meat, fish and poultry in 1 serve portions so it’s easy to thaw them as you need. Typically, fish can last up to 3 months and meats can last up to 6 months in the freezer.
Have you ever bought a huge packet of grated cheese and had to throw the stale leftovers away? Don’t let your cheese go to waste! It can be kept for up to 3 months in the freezer.
Worried about fresh herbs wilting too quickly? Fill an ice-cube tray with chopped fresh herbs, pour olive oil into each hole and freeze. This will help save on waste and you can add an ice-cube to the pan when cooking. These can keep for up to 1 month.
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