7 Things 🍓 You Always Find In My Freezer ❄️
My life! Literally. I am a big fan of the freezer, and you should be too! I have two freezers, a small and a big one! Just imagine how much food waste you will be avoiding if you start freezing! And most importantly, how much time you will save when all ingredients for your next meal are already in your freezer. I made a checklist of all the things you will find in my freezer every time you open it! We never run out of all the below and I’ll tell you exactly how you do them, where to use them and I’ve got you covered with some recipes! Will be linking everything !
1.Homemade Tomato Sauce
Tomato sauce is actually cooked tomato juice. It’s the whole tomato AS IS, washed pureed into a sauce, this is how I make sure I get all the benefits, plus I use it in almost all my dishes. It replaces the tomato paste or could be used with it, it could turn into a pasta or pizza sauce in 1 min. It’s perfect for this daoud bacha too!
Bone broth has a lot of benefits for the whole family! Read about them here. If you have an instant/pressure cooker, use this recipe to make it. Don’t jump directly to the recipe read the info and the heads up first. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you need to know that doing bone broth will take you a minimum of 8 cooking hours! So you better borrow your mom’s pressure cooker. I do both chicken and beef/lamb (depends on the dish) and keep them in my fridge. Where can you use it? EVERYWHERE. Anything that requires water, split the quantity between water and broth 70-30 or 50-50 but you need to keep in mind that bone broth from lamb or beef is much thicker than chicken. Just keep in mind that beef/lamb broth has a stronger taste than chicken, and the best one is:
Vegetable stock is the easiest to do and fastest. We literally use it everywhere! There’s no need to tell you how beneficial it is, especially for picky eaters who don’t accept all kind of vegetables. You can literally add any vegetable you want! I add broccoli! When you feel your vegetable started to ripe in your fridge, transfer it to your freezer and use it later on for your vegetable stock.
How to stock your meat or vegetable stocks: Freeze them in batches in ice cube molds (try to find larger molds) overnight. When the cubes are frozen, put them in freezer bags and freeze the other batch until you get tham all in one bag. This way you will be saving space in your freezer and you will be able to take the exact amount of stock you need.
That being said, What you also find in my freezer are frozen vegetables that will be either used in a dish like spinach and kale for my yummy spinach and kale stew. or for vegetable stock. I also freeze peas, carrots, broccoli, celery, leeks etc… I wash them, dry them and freeze them in small portions (depends on how much you use) in freezer bags. Another thing I do with my frozen vegetables is add them to my soups! We always have lentil soup at least once a week for lunch or dinner. What I do is that I add frozen vegetables to it while the lentils cook and at the end, puree everything into a lentil vegetables soup. And most importantly, I freeze previously chopped coriander since most of my dishes require coriander and garlic. (I don’t freeze garlic)
I also freeze herbs. Rosemary and thyme mainly and use them for marinations (steak…) Freeze them in olive oil in ice trays too then transfer them to freezer bags. Take them out and marinate your steak or chicken with frozen rosemary (olive oil already included), some lemon, black pepper, salt and fresh garlic.
6.Beans and Grains
Yup, you can also freeze those. Get your chickpeas, soak the whole bag, cook it and freeze it. You’ll have them ready whenever you need them for your homemade hummus or just take them out, toss them with salt some cumin powder and olive oil! My kids favorites! Fresh white beans (fasoulia), Peas for your favorite bazella stew
I mainly freeze berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries) and bananas. Super easy, you wash dry and freeze. I use the frozen bananas to name my son’s favorite healthy chocolate ice cream . And the berries I use them to make: Chia jam, ice cream, and with oat porridge as breakfast. You should really try my mixed berries ice cream: you just take the berries out (I mix them together), wait for 5 minutes and then puree them. You will never buy ice cream again!
So yes, start freezing! It will make your life easier!