Friday, December 15, 2006

freezing infrequently used items

Some great tips for freezing things. Certain things freeze really well, and are convenient to use in small amounts:
  • Pesto
  • Pureed chipotle en adobo
  • Chicken stock
  • Tomato paste
For things that are really runny (like chicken stock), I pour the liquid into ice cube trays, freeze them, then pop it out into a freezer bag, from which I can get a few cubes as needed. Even better: if you measure out how much liquid goes into each ice cube, you'll know exactly how much to add to your dish!

For things that are really thick (like tomato paste), I cover a small plate or cookie sheet with parchment, spoon out some ice-cube sized globs and let them freeze, then bag 'em up as well.

Certain other fresh or prepared foods freeze really well:
  • meatballs
  • won tons or other dumplings
  • certain fresh berries
  • fresh peppers (red, green, even jalapenos!)

No comments: