A well-stocked freezer is invaluable for making dinners in a flash, whipping up desserts, and enjoying fruits and vegetables out of season. The freezer is also an ideal place to store many pantry ingredients for longer periods of time, preventing spoilage and pests. What staples do you keep frozen? Here's what I almost always have in my freezer:
• nuts, including almonds (whole and blanched), pine nuts, and pistachios
• cooked beans – at least two kinds, usually black and white
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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