A Texas Wife Trick of the Trade

While I am on a mission to eat healthier, it is still a work in progress… It is hard to eat my veggies when I hate have a discerning palette. I try to be good and buy fresh, organic produce, but the truth is that it will probably just go bad before I get around to cooking/eating it! So, I have started to either freeze my own or buy pre-frozen produce. Obviously this doesn’t work for everything (don’t freeze jalapeno peppers), but it has really been great for us.

Today at HEB they had strawberries on sale: 4 pounds of strawberries for $5.00! Well that is a deal. So, of course, I bought my 4 pounds (really turned out to be about 3 since, apparently, there was a reason  the strawberries were on sale). Now I have a hearty stock of strawberries for my morning smoothies.

I also freeze bananas for smoothies since they are only perfectly ripe for about 12 seconds… In the future though I will cut them up before I freeze them… lesson learned.

This would also be a great time to break out the vacuum sealer, but since I go through strawberries and bananas pretty quickly, I didn’t bother with it.

What kind of things do you preserve by putting it in the deep freeze?

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  • txpeach
    March 6, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I freeze fresh squeezed lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit juices in ice cube trays shortly before I need to toss them. I pop them out when they are frozen and put them in zip lock baggies. I also freeze homemade stocks and broths in the ice cube trays for when I need small amounts.

    A tip on bananas – if you cut them off the stem when you get home from the store, they will last a LOT longer. Then you can freeze what’s left before they go bad.

  • Ginene Nagel
    March 21, 2014 at 9:22 am

    I only can two things now. Ketchup and applesauce. So much better than from the grocery store and it is a fall ritual. I am just like you; I buy all these fresh things and then they don’t appeal to me and I have to force myself to do something with them. I do freeze tomatoes in the fall and green peppers. I often make a big batch of something and then make individual meals that I can take out of the freezer and pop in the oven when I’m working. Oh, I love making and freezing pies and bread.

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