This can sound like an interesting question, it could be applied to a number of things, but what do I mean by To Freeze or Not to Freeze? Well quite simply, to freeze food or not to freeze food – Vegetables and Fruit.
Now you might be thinking, well that’s an easy question, well yes and no. What to freeze, is it as good once it has been frozen? Does it turn to mush or lose all of it’s nutriants? I will be honest and tell you that I don’t have all the answers to the questions, but I will answer what I can. If you want to know about the nutriants of something before and after freezing, you’ll need to find a scientist, as I a far from one.
So do I freeze food?
Hell yes!! I think people who don’t are mad, not as mad as the people who throw away food because of the “use by date”, fresh fruit and vegetables are great frozen.
So how to I decide what to freeze and not freeze, well that’s really simple. Would I use all of that product on this weeks menu or not? If yes, don’t freeze, unless it has a very short shelf life. When I go shopping, I shop in Aldi, it is far cheaper than the main supermarkets, the fruit and vegetables are great and perfect for me and my partner. I’m not one of those people who has to have the perfectly formed mushrooms, I buy the big packets of fresh mushrooms, they ones that are a bit wonky and mishaped, I chop them all up, put them in a sealable freezer back and put them in the freezer, I do the same with onions, leeks, peppers and most vegetables, it makes making stir fries, stews, cottage pies, etc so much easier and quicker, I also don’t have smelly onion fingers. The only vegetables that I never freeze that are fresh are potatoes, they will go grey and horrible, so I keep away from that.
What about fruit?
Now fruit is very much the same, I buy some fresh fruit and if I’m not going to use them all, I will freeze them, I see no point in throwing away good fruit. I only do this with berries – Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries etc. They make ideal toppings for hot desserts, smoothies, overnight oats and more.
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 thm into what you are making and away you go.
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