Waste less with these tips
It happens to all of us: you go overboard at the grocery store or end up treating yourself to a night out instead of making dinner. You end up having to throw out expired food that you forgot to use. But why throw out those foods when you can freeze them instead?
We’ve mentioned before how food waste is a huge problem in the United States and how one of our missions is to cut back on food waste. Feeding America estimates that 218 billion dollars worth of food is thrown away every year.
Here are some of the surprising foods you could freeze instead of throwing them away:
- Eggs: Although you can’t freeze whole eggs, you can crack and freeze them to use them later! Crack them in a bowl, add a pinch of salt and beat them. Then store in a freezer bag for up to 5 weeks.
- Garlic: You can freeze garlic whole or chop it up! Preserve it in olive oil and it’ll stay good for a few months.
- Fresh corn: Who knew you could freeze corn? You can store it right in the husk from the farmer’s market. If you get it from the grocery store, husk and blanch it. It will stay good in the freezer for almost a full year!
- Pasta: If you overdo it on pasta night, package and store cooked pasta in individual portions for 6-8 months. When you’re ready to eat it, just sprinkle it with water and heat it in the microwave!
- Chips: Surprisingly, chips will stay good in the freezer for up to 6 months. Simply store them in freezer bags and allow them a few hours to thaw before eating.
- Avocados: Avocados may change consistency a bit when frozen, but they’re still perfect for guacamole or other dips. Halve and peel them, then freeze in halves or pureed with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice. They’ll keep fresh for up to 8 months.
- Flour: Freezing flour actually keeps it stay fresher for longer. Bonus: cold flour makes pie crusts flakier!
On the other hand, some foods that should never be frozen include: salad greens, milk, yogurt, potatoes and cheese. Keep this list in mind the next time you do your grocery shopping! 😉