When I did the Pantry Challenge earlier this year I was quite appalled by our wastefulness. We throw away so much food on a weekly basis it makes me a little sick when I think about it. After giving it some thought I’ve decided rather than throwing the food away every week to find a way to save it either by dehydrating or freezing it. Here are some of the food items I’ve converted over the last couple of weeks.
- Carrots – I had some carrots I bought for lunch that didn’t get eaten so I made glazed carrots
- Potatoes – My big bag of potatoes had a bad potato in the bunch. Once one of them start going bad I get a little nervous so I pulled three of them out for dinner last week and then I made mashed potatoes for the freezer with the rest
- Bananas – Usually I just throw the banana in the freezer with peel still on. However, peeling the frozen banana gets pretty messy as they thaw. I want to start making smoothies so this week I peeled the banana, sliced it and then threw it in the freezer, we’ll see how that works out
- Strawberries – My plan was to core them and use them for smoothies. However the girls sleeping over at our house after Homecoming ended up eating the whole pint of them I don’t have any left They enjoyed them and that’s the important thing.
- Mushrooms – I found a recipe for dehydrating mushrooms on eHow (not much of a recipe, cut and bake in the oven). I tried it and was very pleased with the results. However, eHow said it would take about an hour when instead it took probably about 4 hours. I didn’t mind the time but I don’t thinking running the oven for 4 hours to cook up $1 worth of mushrooms was very frugal. The dehydrating mushrooms worked so well though that I may buy a large batch of mushrooms and dehydrate them so that I always have mushrooms around. Having an oven full of mushrooms to cook won’t seem quite so wasteful.The trick will be keeping my husband out of them for his omelets.
- Applesauce – My MIL has an apple tree with an abundance of apples this year. So far we’ve made three batches of applesauce and prepared enough apples for three pies. We still have well over a grocery bag to process. Ugh! We’ll appreciate all the work this winter when we’re eating our homemade applesauce and pies.
- Tomatoes – I received two big bags from a friend a work. I simply wash, core, dry and then put about five tomatoes in a freezer bag. I throw the bags in the freezer and then use them for future recipes. Because there were so many tomatoes in the bags and I let them sit for a few days I did have to throw out some of the tomatoes that had split and were starting to go bad.
I would have liked to have the time to get some actual meals in the freezer but this was quite an accomplishment and I feel pretty good with my results.
How about you? Have you done any freezer cooking lately?
I’ll be linking this up over at Life as Mom
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