You’ve probably never thought of freezing avos or ripe bananas? There are many quite surprising food items that actually freeze well if you are ready to experiment a little.
The freezer actually makes nuts last longer because it keeps the oils in them from going rancid. That’s good news for all of us who like to buy them in bulk. They thaw quickly on your kitchen counter.
Who doesn’t enjoy garlic bread? A French loaf or rolls with garlic butter, wrapped in tin foil can be frozen. It always completes a weeknight meal. All you have to do is pop a few in the oven while cooking dinner.
Cooking rice isn’t a big chore, but it is so much easier, especially for those days you just don’t feel like standing over a hot stove to take a portion of frozen rice from the freezer. Store it in a freezer-proof container and pop it in the freezer until you need it. When you’re ready to eat it again, add the amount you want to a microwave-safe bowl or saucepan with a few tablespoons of water to warm it back up.
This is the best way to store cheese and is also cost saving. When you see cheese at a good price in the supermarket, buy as much as you can and then grate it and pack it in small freezer bags. Next time you’re in the mood for lasagne, enchiladas, or anything cheesy, just thaw and use. No more mouldy blocks of cheese in the fridge.
Shoppers know how butter prices fluctuate. Here is another food item that can easily be frozen. Best way to do this is to cut the butter into four or five pieces, pack them in small freezer bags and then into the freezer.
Regular banana bread makers know this trick well. Freezing ripe bananas is a game-changer for all your last minute banana baked good needs. They’re also terrific for adding to smoothies since it makes them creamier and you can use less ice.
Here in Durban, we are used to year round avos. But it is still a nice thought that you can actually freeze them, they are very healthy after all.
There are two ways you can do it, either halved or pureed. Here’s how it’s done:
- Wash the avocado, skin still on.
- Cut the fruit in half, and peel.
- If you are opting to keep them as halves, put them in a Ziploc bag and freeze.
If you’re pureeing, either mash the avocados with a fork or in a food processor with a little bit of lime or lemon.
Store in a reseal able bag and freeze. It’s a good idea to put indentations in the bag to make for easy portion sizes later.
Wash and pat your herbs dry. Chop into desired portions and spread them on a cookie sheet covered with plastic wrap in the freezer. Once frozen solid, take them off the sheet and put them in a freezer bag. Another option is to chop the herbs finely and place them in an ice cube tray covered with water. Then, pop an herb cube directly into your pan to liven up sauces or stews.
At Household Plastic we stock freezer bags, small plastic bags, tin foil and a wide variety of freezer proof containers.