Flash freezing fruit and veg is one of those kitchen tips that I cannot believe I have not done sooner. I have been freezing bananas in little bags for over a year now (re-using them a number of times each) and using the bags bothered me. The bags broke after a few washes and dries and sometime I didn’t want the whole bag of banana, but the fruit was stuck together so I had to use it all or get a knife and cut it up.
Flash freezing solves these problems for me. I just love it!
My first flash freezing experience was with Kale. Kale has been a new addition to my smoothies, but I was finding it hard to store it so it would keep fresh over the week.
Place it in the freezer for an hour. Kale freezes and defrosts very quickly. Once you are ready to store the kale, work quickly to transfer it to a freezer safe, air tight container and place it back in the freezer.
Now when making my smoothies, I grab a few handfuls out at a time and it works perfectly.
EDIT 2016: After a tip from a reader, I no place the cut up banana onto a cooling rack and freeze them on that!
I purchased a number of punnets of strawberries on sale, so gave them a go to. I washed and dried the strawberries, cutting up any strawberries that were big, so they would be roughly all of a similar size. Placed them on a lined tray and froze them for an hour before transferring them to an airtight freezer container to store.
Our Family Menu Plan For This Week
This week I have recycled a menu plan from a few months ago! This is one of the benefits of menu planning, you can reuse them easily to save yourself time when needed. It is taking me a little while to find my feet with all the changes we have had with the start of the school year this year and Mr Is hectic workload.
Week Commencing 26th October 2013
Chicken Wings, Baked Potatoes and Corn
|Chicken wings, baked potatoes and steamed corn
Left over mince recipe - taco puffs
Oat and seed lunchbox slice
|Mon||Slow cooker balsamic beef with pumpkin salad|
|Wed||Chicken stir fry|
|Thu||Sausage and veg|
|Shopping List||Weekly menu plan shopping list 26th October 2013|
The kid friendly menu planning app allows you to:
- Create weekly menu plans quickly, choosing as many meals per day as you would like to plan for.
- Generate the shopping list for all the meals selected.
- Modify the shopping list to check off items you already have at home.
- Email the shopping list to yourself and/or others.
The most popular recipes from the blog have been included and more will be added on a weekly basis. The app will notify you when new recipes have been added, so you will be able to deliver plenty of variety in your family’s menu plans. Each recipe lists the ingredients required, easy to follow instructions and a photo from the blog.
Would love to hear if you have flash frozen any fruit and veg with success!