Saturday, April 17, 2010

Don't Let Food Go to Waste: Freeze it!

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Did you buy more than you needed? You Could not resist buying everything on sale! Now you have more than you and your family can eat.

Don't let it go to waste. Here are instructions for freezing some foods you may have never thought of freezing:

Eggs

Mix the yolks and egg whites together, and pour into an ice cube tray. Two cubes are the equivalent of one large egg.


Milk

Store in its original container, but pour out enough milk to allow for expansion – approximately a cup per gallon of milk. Thaw in the refrigerator, and shake well before using.
Butter

Store in its original container. Thaw in the refrigerator to use.
Bananas

Freeze in peel. Then, simply thaw and peel to use in smoothies and breads. Note: the peel will turn black, but that won't effect the quality of the banana at all.
Celery

Wash and chop to desired size. Then, flash freeze on a tray, and transfer to a freezer bag or another air-tight container. To use: add the frozen celery directly to soups or other heated dishes.
Tomatoes

Wash thoroughly. Then, freeze whole and unpeeled on a tray. Transfer to freezer bags once fully frozen.


Fresh Herbs

Chop finely. Then, place in an ice cube tray along with a small amount of water. To use: simply drop frozen cubes directly into heated dishes.

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Nuts

Freeze (either in shell or shelled) in a freezer bag or another air-tight container.
Zucchini and Other Squash

Wash and chop to desired size. Then, blanch for three minutes; allow to cool; and freeze in an air-tight container.
Apples

Freeze whole or chopped, peeled or unpeeled
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