Cooking, Food

Endless Summer: Freezer 101

Preserve the flavors of summer for a spark of joy all year long! Freeze herbs, melons, and more to use year-round for smoothies, cocktails, desserts and more.

How to freeze herbs:

paul-morris-128424-unsplashMake sure herbs are washed, thoroughly dried and chopped. Place in a zipper bag and freeze or place in ice cube trays, covered in oil, before freezing.

How long? up to two weeks

Use it: soups, sauces, stews, braises

How to freeze melons:

photo-1513435160994-a731e7e5cb52Cut melon in half, and remove the seeds and rind. Slice, cube, or cut into balls and place in freezer bags or airtight containers.

How long? 10-12 months

Use it: smoothies, fat-free fro yo

How to freeze blueberries:

photo-1470072768013-bf9532016c10.jpegWash and dry thoroughly, then place in sealed containers and freeze. Or, freeze in the container they’re in; just make sure to wash before using!

How long? 10 months

Use it: smoothies, oatmeal, baking

How to freeze peaches and plums:

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Plums:

Peel them if you want first. Then halve and pit them. Cut into slices or cubes and place on a baking tray in the freezer. Freeze until they’re frozen through; it should take a few hours or you can leave them overnight. Once frozen, place in airtight containers or sealed zipper bags.

How long? 6-12 months. If the quality degrades, make jam!

Use it: baked goods, smoothies, jam

photo-1532704868953-d85f24176d73.jpegPeaches:

Peel first, then slice and toss with 1 Tbsp lemon juice. Place on baking tray and freeze a few hours or overnight. Transfer to sealed zipper bags.

How to freeze broccoli & cauliflower:

foodism360-397360-unsplash.jpgFrozen vegetables at the store are frozen at their peak quality. You can also DIY when veggies are in season! Choose the freshest option you can find, ideally from the farmers market.

Wash and dry, then chop into small pieces. Blanch in a pot of boiling water for three minutes. Cool it right away in an ice bath for three-five minutes, then blot dry or run it through a salad spinner. Place in zipper bags or airtight containers, and freeze.

How long? 12 months

Use it: Toss into soup, stir-fry or pasta, or steam or boil it for 60-90 seconds to serve as a side dish.

How to freeze corn & peas:

rawpixel-745958-unsplash.jpgCorn:

Similar method as above, but cook the corn according to its size: small ears about 7 minutes; medium ears about 9 minutes; large ears about 11 minutes. Then cool in an ice bath for the same amount of time. Store in plastic zipper bags.

How long? 6-8 months

Use it: Soup, sauce, stir-fry, pasta. Thaw and add to salsas.

Peas:

Remove from shell and blanch for 2 minutes. Then cook for 2 minutes, place in zipper bags and freeze.

How long? 6 months

Use it: Soup, sauce, stir-fry, pasta

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