To Freeze or Not to Freeze – Vegetables and Fruit

The Importance Of Freezing Food

It’s important to know what foods can be frozen, when to freeze and when not to freeze foods can be really important. Freezing foods not only means you can use the food for longer but it reduces food waste. It can also save money in the long run and if you’re a frugal foodie like I am you’ll want to spend as little on food as possible and make some amazing slimming world meals in the meantime! I’m not an expert, I don’t have a degree in freezing foods and frozen meals but I’ll give some advice on what I do with my foods and the freezer!

Do I Freeze Foods?

I freeze quite a bit, I have a chest freezer that holds everything I need. I know that some people throw away food because it’s near the use by date, not me. I’ll pick up loads of meat, ready meals and other bits from the reduced section at Asda or Tesco and they go in the freezer when I get home, frozen ready meals are great when you’re working from home and want something quick to eat and frozen meat stocked up in the freezer means you can make a meal plan and just get the meat out the day before to defrost.

When I first started slimming world I was making healthy frozen meals and I’d have them for lunch, although I don’t have as much time on my hands now I still like to make meals and freeze them. I love freezing foods, I have been known to make a little too much of the slimming world butternut squash soup before so it’s always great to freeze the leftover soup and have it for lunch another day.

Frozen Vegetables & Frozen Fruit

I get a lot of questions about if you can freeze fruit and veg. I buy a lot of fresh vegetables and a lot of it from the reduced section. Which means when I get home I’ll cut a lot of it up and put them into freezable containers or bags. This means the vegetables will last longer and they’re fine to use after being frozen. I also freeze some fruit, mainly the berries Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries etc. I’ll then use them in a slimming world overnight oats recipe.

One of the best parts about freezing vegetables and fruit is that they don’t need thawing out unlike meat, you just grab them, throw them into what you are making and away you go.

The Best Freezable Containers

There are loads of freezable containers out there, some are really expensive whereas others don’t cost a fortune. We either use freezable bags that you can easily put fruit and veg into without taking up too much space. You can also use Chinese takeaway containers. The Chinese containers are totally freezable and you can store pretty much anything in them, we use them mainly for soup but you can use them for all sorts of dishes you’ve made too much of.

How to Freeze Vegetables - what can be frozen and used in your recipes
How to Freeze Vegetables – what can be frozen and used in your recipes

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