1. Fresh fruits and vegetables are so expensive $$$
2. They go bad so fast that I can never use what I buy before it spoils.So for those of you that are shaking their heads in agreement while reading the two points above..... No more excuses! I have a solution and it will not only help you save money.... but time.... and you will be able to eat more nutritiously.
The answer is all in YOUR FREEZER!
Example.... Yesterday, my local grocery store had strawberries on sale for $1.25 a carton. I love Strawberries but don't get them as often as I would like because winter prices can be up near $4.00 a carton. I took advantage of the sale and purchased 4 cartons. When I got home I rinsed the berries, patted them dry with a paper towel, cut off their green tops, and transferred them into a freezer bag. (if you don't want the strawberries to freeze together, form a single layer of strawberries on a pan and place them into the freezer. Allow them to sit uncovered for three to four hours, or until thoroughly frozen. Then remove from pan and place in freezer bags.) I now have fresh strawberries in the freezer so I can quickly grab them to add into smoothies or have with yogurt or top my cereal/oatmeal.
Other Fruits/Veggies that freeze really well--- I have each of these items in my freezer right now.
1. Shredded Zucchini- Just wash, grate, and put in freezer bags. It's perfect to make zucchini breads, muffins, cakes, or to throw into spaghetti sauces, lasagnas, or other pastas.
2. Sliced Peaches- These are my fave.... during the summer we have tons and tons of peaches thanks to many peach trees, so I make sure to freeze lots of these so I can have summer peaches all winter long. Just peel, slice, arrange on a pan, freeze, and then put into freezer bags.
here for information from The National Center for Home Food Preservation on how to Freeze most any fruit or vegetable. They have step-by-step instructions for most anything.
What do you like to FREEZE??