10 Common Foods You Never Knew You Could Freeze With Ease
If a good sale, a bounty of seasonal fruit or vegetables at the farmers market, or your own personal harvest leaves you with more food than you can use right away, there's no need to let it go to waste. Here's how to freeze some foods you might never have realized you could preserve.
Mix the yolks and egg whites together and pour them into an ice cube tray. Two cubes are the equivalent of one large egg. When you're ready to use them, just toss your egg cubes into a pan with the other ingredients that your recipe calls for and allow them to thaw as they cook.
Store milk in its original container but pour out enough milk to allow for expansion--about a cup per gallon of milk will do the trick. Thaw frozen milk in the refrigerator and shake it well before using.
Freeze butter in the box it came in to prevent freezer burn. Thaw the whole box or individual sticks in the refrigerator overnight. If you need butter right away, you can thaw it in the microwave by heating it in 10-second intervals until it softens. Just be careful not to heat it for too long because butter melts quickly.
Peel your bananas, place them in a freezer bag, and pop them in the freezer. You can thaw the bananas to use them in bread and baked goods or use them frozen in smoothies to lend thickness to your drink. But don't freeze bananas thinking you can eat them fresh later; the only way to eat them fresh is when they are fresh.
Wash and chop celery to your preferred size. Then flash freeze it on a tray and transfer it to a freezer bag or another air-tight container. Add the frozen celery directly to soups or other heated dishes. Frozen celery loses its crispness, so it's really only suited to use in cooked foods.
Wash your tomatoes thoroughly and pat them dry. Then freeze them whole and unpeeled on a tray. Transfer the tomatoes to freezer bags once they are fully frozen. Add them to soups frozen--they'll thaw as they cook--or use them to make sauce once you have a bunch.
Chop your herbs finely and place them in an ice cube tray along with a small amount of water. Simply drop the frozen cubes directly into heated dishes for a zesty taste of summer.
Freezing nuts either in or out of the shell is super easy. Just place them in a freezer bag or another air-tight container and store them until you need them.
Zucchini and Other Squash
Wash and chop the squash to your desired size. Then blanch the pieces for three minutes, allow them to cool, and freeze them in an air-tight container.
Freeze apples whole or chopped, peeled or unpeeled, whatever works best for you. You can use frozen apples just as you would fresh in apple butter, applesauce, pies, and crisps, and for baked apples.