Freezing Storing
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The Freezer Aisle Is the Secret to Even Easier Weeknight Stir-Fries
By nature, stir-fries are quick-cooking meals that can be a breeze to pull together on weeknights. Fire up your wok, and watch dinner come together fast (like, under the 10-minute mark fast). But that doesn’t account for the vegetable prep — the washing, peeling, slicing, and dicing (and cleanup that goes along with it) before you can start cooking. There’s a way to make this weeknight wonder easier still, and it starts with a trip down the freezer aisle.
May 1, 2019
7 Freezer Essentials If You’re Cooking for One
A smartly stocked freezer is a true asset for a solo cook. It ensures easy, fast meals for one are always within arm’s reach, no matter the day or occasion. And, of course, it’s a great place to stash leftovers. Here are seven ways to stock your freezer if you’re cooking for one. Keep a few bags of frozen fruits and vegetables in your freezer and you’ll always have something wholesome to reach for.
May 1, 2019
This Pro Trick Keeps Apples from Browning (Nope Not Lemons!)
One of the biggest challenges of packing my kids’ school lunches is seeing — and cleaning up — the food that comes back home. Not only is it a major bummer to see the food go to waste, but it also leaves me wondering if my kids spent the afternoon hungry. Sliced apples — beloved by my kids at home — used to always come back in their lunch boxes uneaten.
May 1, 2019
3 Ways to Freeze Pumpkin Purée
This is the most wonderful time of year for pumpkin-lovers because just after Halloween and before Thanksgiving, canned pumpkin is everywhere — and is incredibly cheap. Now is also the best time to stock your freezer with homemade pumpkin purée, and we’ve got a few tips that will give you more bang for your pumpkin buck. And don’t worry — these tips will help you if you just find yourself with a bit of canned pumpkin that you don’t want to waste.
May 1, 2019
Always Keep Butternut Squash in Your Freezer (Here’s Why)
I really love butternut squash — it’s sweet and absolutely packed with flavor and fiber. You can roast it, purée it into soups or smoothies, and add it to any kind of casserole under the sun. Recently I started stocking cubed and frozen butternut squash on hand at all times — just like I do peas and corn. Not just because butternut is a vegetable my kids will eat readily (or because I can use the bag for boo-boos), but because it’s just incredibly versatile.
May 1, 2019
A Chemist Explains the Science Behind That Viral Freezing Grape Video
Several days ago, a strange video emerged on Reddit involving a grape and a glass of cold water. A user who goes by the name u/Rollertreatment shared footage of the phenomenon, in which a person (who goes unidentified) dips a grape, which appears to be frozen, in a glass of water. Ice crystals spontaneously begin to grow around the grape, forming a gorgeous snowflake-like sphere.
Apr 30, 2019
This Shopping Tip Will Help You Save Money in the Freezer Aisle
I love having frozen veggies on hand. It’s an easy way to go an extra day or two before I need to hit the grocery store or turn my leftover lunch into a more substantive meal. Recently, though, I was perusing the frozen veggie aisle at my Harris Teeter, and I noticed something: They have eight kinds of frozen broccoli, and some cost more than twice as much as others. What gives? At first glance, there’s not a huge price range — all the bags of broccoli cost between $1.
Jul 14, 2018
Skip Meal Prep with These Freezer Staples
I love meal planning. It is one of my favorite ways to feel prepared for each week and reduce my daily stress. But meal prep? The final step in meal planning where you chop veggies, make dressings, maybe even cook some meals? I’m really bad at it. Finding time — even just a few hours — over the weekend to cook is probably as hard for you as it is for me. Lately, I’ve been relying on the freezer aisle to help me prep parts of our meal plans to save me time during the week.
Jul 10, 2018
An Ingenious Tip for Fresh-Tasting Herbs Year-Round
While I don’t yet have the space in my life for a full-fledged garden, I have happily maintained a small herb garden on my balcony for years. By this time in the summer, it’s overflowing with so much green that I can hardly manage it all, despite constantly clipping sprigs of basil, rosemary, or parsley for whatever I am cooking. So I am always on the hunt for ways to trim down my plants and preserve their goodness for the colder months ahead, when things are much less abundant.
Jun 25, 2018
10 Things to Prep in the Slow Cooker and Freeze for Easy Meals
Here's how I make my slow cooker the hero of meal prep.
Apr 22, 2018
The Smart and Surprising Way to Never Waste Cheese Again
As someone who could eat her weight (and then some) in cheese, wasting even the tiniest bit sounds like a criminal offense. Yet, even I’ve been there. I sometimes grab too many wedges of this and that and am left with a fridge drawer so full that no matter how many grilled cheese sandwiches I make, I can’t get through all the cheese. Then, before I know it, things start to get moldy. Luckily, there is a super-smart and simple solution to this problem: Freeze your cheese.
Apr 19, 2018
A Guide to Freezing Leftover Brisket
If I could implore you to do one thing whenever you cook brisket, it would be this: Make extra brisket and freeze it. Beef brisket is better the day after it is cooked, but it can be momentarily life-changing when you remember you have some ready and waiting in the freezer. This simple tip for freezing those leftovers will ensure that you can take the leftovers and turn them into breakfast, lunch, or dinner anytime.
Mar 31, 2018
The Smart Cook’s Hack for Always Having Chili on Hand for Dinner
If you’ve ever come home at the end of the day tired and hungry with a serious hankering for a warm, hearty bowl of chili, this smart trick is going to make you feel like a total genius the next time it happens. After making a lot of chili this winter, I learned a really smart trick that ensures I always have homemade chili on hand. The first step is to cook an extra-big batch of chili, by doubling (or even tripling) a recipe.
Mar 22, 2018
Yes, It Is Possible to Freeze Your Sourdough Starter
One of the most important discoveries we made while developing and refining the recipes in Modernist Bread is that yeast is among the most resilient life-forms we’ve ever encountered (and we encounter many in our lab, which we share with a bunch of biologists). As it turns out, freezing temperatures do not kill all the yeast and lactic acid bacteria in a preferment or starter. Some die, but most remain dormant while frozen.
Nov 14, 2017
5 Freezer Marinades for Chicken or Pork
While marinades are brilliant at turning cuts of meat that can often dry out when cooked into flavorful, moist meals, it’s easy to forget to plan ahead and get that meat into a marinade well before you’re ready to cook it. Enter: the freezer marinade, when you bring that meat home from the grocery store toss it in a marinade first and freeze it right in it. It will absorb the marinade whenever you decide to thaw it, and then all you have to do is bake, sauté, or grill it.
Oct 3, 2017
10 Ways Your Freezer Can Be Your BFF
Your freezer wants to be your best friend. Let it. Who else will make your food taste better than before? Check out this list of items better when consumed frozen as well as those that are better for having been frozen. You’ll find new life for many of your favorites just by giving them a chance to chill out. Some things are pretty tasty with a chill still on them. They tend to lean toward the sweeter side, which means a cool dessert is always close at hand.
Aug 30, 2017
10 Foods to Stash in the Freezer for a Quick Weeknight Soup
Soup night is one of my favorites. About once a week in cooler months, I rummage through my freezer for little nuggets of gold that I can quickly turn into soup. Soup is so forgiving and can be made with the smallest bits of different things. Paired with a loaded bread basket, soup night is a winner. Here are 10 foods to stash in your freezer for quick and easy soup suppers. A good stock or broth is key to a great soup.
Aug 22, 2017
5 Things to Know About Freezer Burn
Have you ever opened up your freezer to find that your once red beef is looking a little brown? Or taken a pint of ice cream out only to discover the top is covered in ice crystals? Freezer burn happens to the best of us. Here’s what you should know. When you see that your red meat has taken on a dull brown shade, or your chicken has gone a bit pale, it’s easy to worry it’s gone bad — but it’s totally safe to eat!
Jul 28, 2017
Here’s How Long Ground Beef Will Last in the Freezer (and How to Store It)
With a package of ground beef in the freezer, you’re only minutes away from a spontaneous grilling session, Taco Tuesday, or a hearty meatloaf. This home cook’s staple is a breeze to freeze and can stash safely for months. Here’s what you need to know about it. Time is of the essence from the moment you purchase refrigerated ground beef, said Laura Hagen, senior director of the Culinary Center at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
Jul 20, 2017
Here’s How Long Fruits and Vegetables Will Last in the Freezer (and the Best Way to Make Them Last)
The sunshine’s nice and all, but if we had to pick one thing to bottle up and save each summer, it’d be the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables that pop up at farmers markets all season long. For food writer Jamie DeMent, it’s a total must-do. Her grandmother had a special kitchen dedicated just to canning!
Jul 14, 2017
The Best Way to Store Cobblers and Crumbles So They Stay Crisp
Some might argue that the very best part of summertime cobblers, crisps, and crumbles is the sweet and jammy fruit filling, but I firmly believe it’s the crispy topping that makes it complete. The crunchy bite of oat-loaded crumbles and the delicate crackle of a cobbler’s biscuits are a huge part of the appeal.
Jul 5, 2017
An Obvious but Helpful Primer on Prepping Strawberries
It’s early June, which means one thing: Strawberry season is here! This time of year, I can’t get enough of these deeply flavored, rich berries. I love them so much, I can barely wait until I get home from the farmers market to gobble them up — but I know that to truly get the most out of my berry haul, they need a little bit of prep work. You’ve probably done this before, but a quick refresher never hurt.
Jun 1, 2017
How Long Does Jello Last?
There’s not a time when jello or unflavored powdered gelatin hasn’t taken up a small space in the corner of my pantry. And it’s not because I make jello on a regular basis. Jello simply falls into that category of ingredients I know will come in handy at some point, and because it won’t go bad anytime soon. As you might have guessed, dry powdered jello has a pretty lengthy shelf life. We’re talking years. Most boxes are stamped with a use-by date.
May 4, 2017
Why a Cooler Is What You Really Need for Thanksgiving
Coolers can feel like the workhorse of summer, destined for holding our food for camping trips or keeping drinks cold at the beach. But coolers can save your sanity during the holidays, too. A cooler (or two) can do more than just hold Thanksgiving wine and cider — it can also do double duty as either extra fridge space or as a warming drawer for sides and pies while you wait for the turkey to roast. Here are two easy ways to put a cooler to work for a holiday.
Nov 14, 2016
Are You the Kind of Cook Who Keeps a Bag of Bones in the Freezer?
As we head into soup season (otherwise known as fall and winter), I believe we are divided into two camps of home cooks: those who keep a bag of bones in the freezer and those who don’t (yet!). Which camp do you fall in? Are you the kind of cook who keeps a bag of bones in the freezer for soup-making? We’ve preached about the value of stashing vegetable scraps and Parmesan rinds in the freezer to boost the flavor of stocks, soups, and sauces. Well, bones are no different!
Oct 15, 2016
7 Things to Keep in the Freezer to Turn a Box of Broth into Soup
While you can’t beat homemade broth, we also love how easily you can make something delicious and nourishing from a box or two of the store-bought stuff when needed. However, there’s a secret to making extra-flavorful soup from it: your freezer. Keep a well-stocked freezer full of ingredients that add flavor and substance and that boxed broth will fool you. Here are seven essentials to have on hand. Keep a few bags of frozen veggies in the freezer to toss into a soup on a whim.
Oct 13, 2016
10 Frozen Foods You Can Pack for Lunches Without Thawing
There are a few frozen food hacks that can improve your lunch. Freezing a water bottle to serve as both an ice pack and cool refreshment is one, and freezing soups, yogurts, and even smoothies so they don’t slosh around is another — but what about foods you can pack completely frozen that will thaw to eat by lunchtime? Here are 10 frozen foods you can pack for lunches without thawing.
Sep 12, 2016
5 Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches to Stock Your Freezer
Make-ahead breakfast sandwiches are the ultimate morning miracle — the gift that keeps on giving. The magic behind these sandwiches is big-batch cooking. With upfront planning and prep, they reward you with a hot, satisfying breakfast for days to come. Staple ingredients like condiments and spreads have the power to boost the flavor of breakfast sandwiches in a big way.
Sep 11, 2016
A Look at the Enduring Allure of Canning and Preserving
I come from a long line of Missouri farmers. Our roots were literally in the soil for generations. That is, until my Grandma Dot got fed up with wearing feed sack dresses and growing her own food, getting by on what you could and being reluctantly grateful for the Ball jars still left in the root cellar come February. In the mid-century promise of modernity just after WWII, she packed her bag and took a train to St.
Sep 3, 2016
Freezing Is the Easiest, Fastest Way to Preserve Summer Fruits and Vegetables
It’s usually right around this point in the summer, each and every year, that I get the warmest, fuzziest feeling at the farmers market — the abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables has a way of doing that. Saturday after Saturday, piles of tomatoes after piles of peaches, I start to think it may just last forever, that those deep winter days of nothing but cellared potatoes and onions will never arrive. But the sad truth is that they will.
Aug 24, 2016
5 Vegetables to Freeze Right Now
Maybe your local farmers market is filled to the brim or your own garden is overflowing with summer produce and you don’t have the time (or desire — that’s okay too) to pickle, can, dry, or otherwise preserve a bumper crop of corn or tomatoes. Luckily the freezer is a time capsule you can fill with summer vegetables to enjoy even in the depths of winter. Here are five vegetables you can freeze right now, and some tips on how to prepare them for their long chill.
Aug 22, 2016
The Best Way to Store Eggplant
Falling in love with eggplant isn’t just about learning to cook this humble nightshade. No, to really love an eggplant, we must know how to care for it at home. If storing eggplant seems simple to you, the answers of how and where to store your eggplant might surprise you. Store whole fresh eggplant at room temperature. Keep it away from melons, bananas, and other ethylene producers in a bowl or basket on the countertop — out of direct sunlight.
Jul 23, 2016
5 Fruits to Freeze Before Your Road Trip
This summer I have three road trips on the calendar, and one thing I’m definitely not leaving home without is plenty of snacks. While I like to keep things varied, at the top of this summer’s pack list is fruit. Right now we have a bounty of fresh fruit at our fingertips, and when packed just right it’s a refreshing frozen treat that makes road tripping even sweeter. The key to making frozen fruit successful for snacking on the go is all about the prep and packing.
Jul 6, 2016
10 Things to Keep in the Freezer for Emergency Snacks
When it comes to snacking, your first stop is probably the pantry, or maybe the fridge if you’re after something fresh. One spot you may be skipping is the freezer, and it’s time to change that. When it’s stocked with these 10 easy items, your freezer is the go-to destination for emergency snacking. Frozen edamame is a protein-packed snack-time superstar. It’s equally satisfying whether your enjoy it on its own, or dress it up with a few extra flavors.
Jul 6, 2016
3 Reasons Why You Probably Shouldn’t Refreeze Melted Ice Cream
Picture this: You bring out a big tub of ice cream at your backyard barbecue or pool party, and after it’s been scooped and distributed, it gets forgotten about as guests go back to swimming, lounging, and chatting. There the tub sits in the summer heat, and pretty soon it’s a sticky, drippy mess. Better throw it back in the freezer to refreeze for next time, right? Wrong. There are a few foods that you should never refreeze and unfortunately ice cream is one of them.
Jun 17, 2016
Is This Really the Best Way to Revive Stale Bread?
As much as I love bread (and I do really love bread), I can never seem to get through a loaf fast enough. With just a household of two, we rarely make it through a whole loaf before it begins to harden and stale. So when I came across a tip for reviving stale bread on Bon Appétit’s website about a year ago, I was definitely intrigued. The only problem was that I was too skeptical to actually try it, as the tip seemed destined for failure. The reason I felt this way?
Apr 22, 2016
3 Smart Ways to Use Leftover Ginger Peels
Spoon, peeler, or Microplane — no matter how you decide to peel your ginger, most of the time the peels end up in the wastebasket. Yes, they’re tough and fibrous, but they’re also absolutely packed with flavor. It’s time to go whole ginger and hold onto those peels. Depending on how you use ginger peels, anywhere from a few scraps to a whopping 1/2 cup can be used in recipes.
Feb 5, 2016
10 Ways Your Freezer Can Make Everyday Cooking Easier
Your freezer isn’t just for ice cream and that half-empty bottle of vodka — it can actually be a tool to help you streamline your everyday cooking routine and make life easier on yourself. Follow these 10 tips for stocking your freezer, and you’ll stress less about meal time. Organize your freezer: First you need to make sure your freezer is organized to get the most out of it — or rather into it.
Dec 31, 2015
How Long Can I Refrigerate an Unbaked Pie?
Q: How long can I refrigerate an unbaked peach pie before the crust will get soggy? Sent by Jan Editor: The short answer — not terribly long at all. Fruit tends to water out pretty quickly after it’s been mixed with any sort of sugar, and as a result, your crust will grow gummy in a matter of minutes. The first thing you should do is blind bake the crust. Once par-baked (or even baked all the way), it’s less likely to grow mushy.
Dec 3, 2015
What’s the Best Way to Freeze and Defrost Cake Layers?
Q: I have to make the cakes for a party three days in advance of the event because of an already-scheduled weekend trip. I have a couple questions about how to do this. I know I can freeze them, but what is the best way to wrap them before freezing? I’m planning on decorating the cakes the morning of the event — when should I take the cakes out of the freezer, so that they will be defrosted in time for the event? The night before? Thanks so much!
Aug 27, 2015
5 Smart Tips for Preserving Fresh Herbs
Sure, you can buy fresh herbs year-round, but right now is when they’re at their freshest. Whether you’re growing them in your garden or buying them by the bundle at the farmers market, fresh herbs flourish in the summer months. But that doesn’t mean you can’t extend their life all year along! Here are five tips for preserving your herb bounty. Since basil is typically used to finish a dish, the most efficient and flavorful way to freeze it is as a paste.
Aug 16, 2015
Do I Need to Refrigerate My Glazed Cake?
Q: I read that a glazed cake can be kept at room temperature, but also read that a perishable ingredient should be refrigerated. If the cake glaze is made with heavy cream, should the cake be refrigerated? I live in Puerto Rico, where the weather is around 80°F. Sent by Mayra Editor: If you want to make the cake ahead of time, I suggest making just the cake, then making and adding the glaze about an hour before serving. In that case, it’s fine at room temperature.
Aug 10, 2015
14 Smart Tips for Freezing Summer Produce
You know how much you’re loving sweet corn, garden-fresh basil, and perfect summer berries right now? I’m going to wager that you might love them even more come winter. You know, when fresh produce hits a low point and there’s snow piled outside your front door. From fruits to vegetables to fresh herbs, now’s the time to stash these summer staples in the freezer so you can enjoy them all year long.
Aug 10, 2015
Hold the Phone! Is It Actually OK to Refrigerate Tomatoes?
Conventional wisdom admonishes you should never put fresh tomatoes in the refrigerator because they’ll get a mealy and unpleasant texture, but is this actually true? We’ve heard rumors to the contrary, and since this is serious business in food-lover land, we had to investigate. Serious Eats has done extensive taste comparisons to analyze the effect of refrigeration on a variety of tomatoes, from cherry to unripe supermarket to juicy farmers market tomatoes. Their conclusion?
Aug 6, 2015
The Best Way to Store Leftover Ice Cream
The concept of leftover ice cream is probably foreign to many. It’s just too delicious leave some behind, right? But if you’ve exercised some restraint, here’s the best way to keep the freezer burn away from your beloved ice cream, especially if it’s homemade! Air is the enemy of ice cream, as the surface of ice cream develops ice crystals if left unexposed. The easy solution? Make a barrier between the air and the ice cream.
Jul 22, 2015
12 Ways to Preserve Vegetables in Ice Cube Trays
Think only water belongs in ice cube trays? Think again. We’ve sipped drinks decorated with raspberry-studded ice cubes, we’ve saved leftover lemon juice in trays, and we’ve provided an extra caffeinated punch in our iced coffees with frozen coffee cubes. But what about herbs or vegetables? Here are a few of my favorite ways to preserve veggies, herbs, and sauces in convenient, practical, portion-controlled cubes.
Jul 16, 2015
Does This Surprising Technique Keep Strawberries Fresher for Longer?
We’ve talked about the best ways to store strawberries, and tips for making them last as long as possible, but what if there was an even better way? I came across a surprising tip from food scientist Harold McGee, with a technique I never would have guessed, and I had to put it to the test. Here are the results. The original tip, from Harold McGee, explains that a hot water bath, or thermotherapy, will slow spoilage and extend the shelf life of strawberries.
Jul 15, 2015
The Best Ways to Preserve Basil
Ask most people what their favorite herb is, and their response will often be basil. For many of us, this tender annual seems to epitomize the season. Basil tastes its absolute best when it’s enjoyed fresh, but thankfully you have a few creative options to preserve the vibrant flavor of this herb that’s so strongly associated with summertime.
Jul 12, 2015
The Best Ways to Store Leftover Pizza
Whenever we get pizza delivered for dinner, we always order a larger one than we’ll be able to eat in one sitting. Why? Simply because we want leftovers. Once we discovered how easy it is to reheat a slice of pizza on the stove, having a few extra slices around means an easy lunch or snack. But what’s the best way to store leftover pizza? Can you just shove the pizza box into the refrigerator?
Jul 6, 2015
4 Interesting Ways to Preserve Fresh Thyme
Thyme is a culinary herb that tastes just as great dried as it does plucked straight from the garden. It’s also an herb that is incorporated more during the actual cooking process and less as a finishing note or garnish, making thyme a prime candidate for preserving. Over the summer, thyme should always be in constant rotation in your dehydrator or oven. You’ll thank me this winter, when you’re adding it to lentil soup, savory beef stew, or lemon-garlic roasted chicken.
Jul 5, 2015
Did You Know You Can Freeze Leftover Whipped Cream?
Whipped cream is one of life’s little luxuries that makes everything it touches just a wee bit better. Whether you like it to melt into your hot cocoa, crown your hot fudge sundae, or gild your pie or apple crisp, it’s amazing how just taking a whisk to some heavy cream transforms it so beautifully. But what about that leftover whipped cream that didn’t get served? Should you just toss it?
Jul 1, 2015
What Are Good Vegetarian Freezer Meals for Summer?
Q: I’m having a baby at the end of July and starting to stock my freezer. The thing is, so many freezer-friendly meals require baking at the end, and I live in Texas, where it will be too hot to turn on the oven. Does anyone have suggestions for vegetarian summer freezer meals that are not soup? Thanks in advance for any suggestions you can provide! Sent by Anna Editor: First, congratulations, Anna! Stir-fry is probably my all-time favorite freezer meal.
Jun 30, 2015
Why Dehydrating Is My Favorite Way to Preserve Oregano
On any given summer afternoon at my house, you will hear the subtle, constant hum of my food dehydrator running on the back porch. I devote its use entirely to drying herbs. I’m reminded by its faint sound that it is capturing my garden’s peak aromas and flavors and saving them for a later date. And oregano is always in rotation.
Jun 14, 2015
The Only Time You Can Safely Refreeze Meat or Poultry
Thawing something from the freezer to cook for dinner has saved us from many a last-minute grocery store run, but what happens if you forget about what you thawed or your plans change? Can you safely throw that meat or poultry back in the freezer to cook another time? You can, but only in one instance! If you defrosted meat or poultry in the refrigerator, you can refreeze it without cooking it.
Jun 5, 2015
Tip Test: Is This the Best Way to Store Your Ice Cream?
Going out for ice cream is so easy: order your scoop, and someone with strong arm muscles reaches down into the freezer, carves out perfectly round scoops with ease, and hands you your cone. I never seem to be able to recreate these smooth movements at home, though, since my ice cream is always rock-hard straight from the freezer.
Jun 3, 2015
The Best Place to Thaw Frozen Food
There are lots of ways to thaw frozen food: you can put it in the refrigerator, run it under cold water, leave it out on the counter, or even use the defrost setting on your microwave. Which method is the best and safest one to use? The refrigerator is the safest method of thawing food because it keeps the food out of the “Danger Zone” (temperatures between 40°F and 140°F, where bacteria multiplies rapidly) the whole time it is defrosting.
May 15, 2015
Does an Aluminum Surface Thaw Food Faster?
As much as we all probably strive to plan ahead and make getting dinner on the table easy and stress-free, let’s face it: it doesn’t always happen, even with the best of intentions. Even if you’ve got a freezer stocked full of meat, you can’t do much with it until it’s defrosted. And while the best place to thaw is in the refrigerator, what happens when you forgot to do it and dinner has to happen soon?
May 13, 2015
The Best Place to Store Leftover Bread
Among the constant food staples in my kitchen is bread. You’ll rarely find me without a hearty loaf of multigrain (homemade, on really good weeks), and a fresh baguette. But, as much as I love carbs, it’s sometimes tough to eat my way through without facing stale slices or dry heels. Though I’d like to use the stale leftovers for croutons or bread crumbs, there’s never quite enough to make a worthwhile amount, or other times it doesn’t fit into my cooking plans.
Apr 21, 2015
The 5 Frozen Vegetables I Always Have in the Freezer
While I love cooking with fresh vegetables whenever possible, there are times when relying on frozen vegetables just makes more sense. Whether it’s because of availability, budget, seasonality, or just simply convenience, frozen vegetables are a staple I’ve come to rely on throughout the year. While the selection tends to rotate, there are five favorites that I always have on hand.
Apr 9, 2015
The Best Place to Store Eggs in the Refrigerator
It’s common practice in the United States to store eggs in the refrigerator because eggs here are power-washed and lose their natural protective coatings, making them more susceptible to contamination. But should you put your eggs in the cute little egg tray in the door of your refrigerator? The answer is no — the door is the warmest part of the refrigerator and the temperature there can fluctuate, especially when the refrigerator is opened.
Mar 25, 2015
Simple Advice to Make Root Vegetables Last Even Longer
When we buy root vegetables, like radishes, beets, carrots, and turnips, the leafy green tops are sometimes still attached. This has to be one of the best two-for-one deals out there. Not only are the tops edible, they’re also quite delicious. But there’s some simple advice to follow when storing root vegetables and their green tops that will help them both last even longer.
Mar 23, 2015
The Best Place to Store Bay Leaves Is Not in Your Spice Drawer
As I was skimming Cook’s Illustrated’s The Science of Good Cooking, this tip caught my eye: Even though we use bay leaves much in the same way as dried herbs and spices, they shouldn’t be stored in the spice drawer with everything else. Guess where they should be stored instead? Turns out that the freezer is the best place to store bay leaves! If bay leaves are frozen, they retain almost as much flavor and aroma as a freshly opened jar or package of bay leaves.
Mar 4, 2015
How My Freezer Replaces Canned Soups
I grew up on canned soups. That was just how soup was made, right? I clearly remember the first time as a child that I had homemade soup at a restaurant. Cream of chicken, good cream of chicken. I came home begging my mother to get me some cream of chicken soup. Imagine my dismay when I heated up a can. It definitely was not like the soup I’d had at that restaurant Aunt Cass took me to! I had seen the light.
Feb 25, 2015
Get Saucy with Your Freezer: The Sauces I Freeze
On our first official date, I cooked a simple meal for the man I would marry: Chicken Parmesan over spaghetti. I used canned sauce, and, like my mother before me, I broke the spaghetti. It was the first test of our relationship. My mom always broke the spaghetti because that’s the way my dad liked it. I didn’t know that. I thought that was how you were supposed to make it. I couldn’t understand why this cute guy’s jaw dropped open as I split the handful of noodles in two.
Feb 23, 2015
The One Thing You Should Always Keep in the Freezer
Who: Charlie Marshall of The Marshal Where: Manhattan, New York See his kitchen: Chef Charlie Marshall’s Tiny, Well-Ordered New York City Kitchen A couple weeks ago, when we peeked into Chef Charlie Marshall’s small New York City kitchen, we couldn’t help but notice what he had stashed in his freezer. In fact, it’s something he believes all cooks should have in their freezers, at all times. Can you guess what it is?
Feb 19, 2015
8 Things That Don’t Belong in Your Freezer
As you know by now, I’m a huge fan of the cook and freeze method. I’ve been doing it for almost half my lifetime which probably makes me officially “old.” I’ve frozen everything from lemon juice to lasagne to buttercream frosting. I know which casseroles my family loves and which ones are better left unmade. Also? I’ve learned that there are indeed a few foods better left unfrozen.
Feb 18, 2015
Did You Know You Can Store Grated Ginger in the Freezer to Make It Last Longer?
I have a little ritual when I bring fresh ginger home from the market: peel and grate, then freeze. Not only is this a great way to keep ginger fresh longer, but it becomes incredibly easy to punch up a sauce, stir fry, or smoothie any time you want some gingery spice. To freeze ginger, first peel and mince, or grate it. Then spread or scoop the ginger onto a parchment-lined tray. I like making teaspoon-sized portions. Freeze until solid and transfer to an airtight container.
Feb 17, 2015
17 Strategies for Stashing Seasonal Produce in Your Freezer
Apples, peaches, pumpkin pie… it may be a song from the 60s. Or it could be a list of just some of the yummy things that you can stash in your freezer. If you see a great deal on fresh produce — or have a flourishing green thumb of your own — you needn’t worry about how to use it up at harvest time. Stash it in the freezer so that you can experience the joy of sun-ripened sweet corn or the deliciousness of a juicy peach pie any time of year.
Feb 16, 2015
Why It’s Important to Defrost Your Freezer
I chose literature as my major over science, two subjects I had loved in high school. The swaying factor? Math. I haven’t escaped science (or math) altogether, though. Cooking is science! Maybe that’s why I liked science in the first place. And you know where science comes into my life regularly? The freezer. Most home cooks and scientists know that freezing food is a great method of food preservation. It stops the growth and movement of microbes that lead to food’s decay.
Feb 9, 2015
Stone Soup: The Answer to Freezer Odds and Ends
You know the folk tale of the three hungry soldiers returning from war? After years of hardship, the villagers in the town they come upon are reticent to share any food with them. The soldiers end up tricking the townspeople into contributing a bounty to their Stone Soup. One man brings a hunk of beef while another brings some carrots. A woman and her child contribute potatoes and onions that they “happen” to find in the cellar. The resulting meal is a feast for all to partake of.
Feb 6, 2015
How I Save Money by Eating Down the Freezer
Twice a year, I unplug my deep freeze for a few weeks. It gets a chance to thaw, the ice melting off the sides. I wipe it down, and I save a few kilowatts in energy rather than running an empty freezer. Why do I have an empty freezer? In January and July, I do what I call the Pantry Challenge. I focus on using up what we have rather than buying more. I work with my most perishable items, those in the fridge and freezer, before moving to my canned goods.
Feb 5, 2015
The 5 Best Types of Soups to Freeze
Soups are one of my favorite things to make and freeze. I love freezing soups because making a big batch to have both for dinner and to stash in the freezer is easy, and soups are healthy and filling. In fact, inspired by The Kitchn’s focus on soups this month, I made three in the last week! Here’s what you need to know about which soups hold up well in the freezer so you can build up your own stash!
Jan 12, 2015