I’m not only a fan of fresh food, I’m a fan of fast, easy and smart food prep. For busy households, large households and those just wanting to make fresh meals faster and easier, freezing quality fresh ingredients can speed up meal preparation on hectic days while guaranteeing that you and your family are enjoying healthy ingredients and not be tempted to make a trip through a fast food drive through.
Keep reading to discover which foods you might not know you can freeze, yet will make your time management in the kitchen all the more efficient.
Cooked Grains – Rice, quinoa, bulger, barley and pretty much everything in-between can be frozen once cooked. Just let the cooked grain cool to room temperature and separate into desired serving portion sizes. Spoon into a freezer bag, making sure to squeeze out all excess air, and that’s it. Cooked grains thaw quickly in the fridge and you can quickly saute some fresh chopped veggies and add in the thawed, cooked grains for a quick and easy stir fry for dinner. Of course, you can also use your thawed cooked grains to make a soup, casserole, or other dish as well.
Cooked Plain Pasta – While sauce covered pasta can also be frozen, plain cooked pasta is a very convenient way for larger sized households to always have their favorite noodles ready for meal prep. Just cool to room temperature before freezing and doesn’t need to be fully thawed before using. You can toss it into a pot of marinara or Alfredo sauce for a quick and easy meal the whole family will enjoy. *This works best for pasta that has been initially cooked to al dente’.
Eggs – No, you can’t freeze eggs in their shells BUT you can crack them and beat them thoroughly and then freeze them. Be sure to only use organic eggs though, and never use battery farm eggs. Beaten eggs will remain fresh for up to 1 year in the freezer.
Avocados – Like eggs, avocados don’t freeze well whole or even sliced. However, if you scoop out the avocado flesh, mash it well with a fork and drizzle in just a bit of fresh lemon juice, you’ll have a nice avocado puree that will be ready for dips, sauces, smoothies and other healthy recipes in a flash. * Be sure to keep your avocado mash in a very airtight container.
Fresh Garlic – With literally no special prep necessary, you can toss an entire garlic bulb into a small freezer bag and freeze. Just pull off the number of cloves you might need at any given time. Of course, if you wish to, you can always slice or mince your fresh garlic first before freezing too.
Fresh Ginger – As with fresh garlic, fresh ginger needs no special prep before freezing. Just place in a freezer bag, squeeze out all excess air and freeze. And, frozen fresh ginger is actually incredibly easy to grate or mince when you’re ready to use it in a recipe.
Bon Veggie Appetit!
Gina “The Veggie Goddess” Matthews