I am so thankful for my freezer! Because I keep it stocked on a regular basis I can usually put a quick meal together at the last minute if I haven’t had time to prep for dinner that day. We did purchase a second freezer a while back and I am so glad we did. It was an investment we chose to make because I knew healthier eating meant learning to use my freezer. Here are a few things you’ll find in my freezer.
We eat a lot of soup, even in the summer. I love it because of its versatility. Soups are so forgiving. You can add whatever you have on hand to pretty much any soup and it will take on the flavor of the rest of the soup. Many soups are full of healthy vegetables too. One way I get my kids to eat soup is by serving it with crackers or chips for dipping or sprinkling on top. Another reason I love soup is that most recipes make a lot so there are always leftovers. I often double recipes so that I have plenty of extra to freeze. Here’s what’s in my freezer right now: Slow Cooker White Turkey Chili, Tomato Bisque, Kale, Sausage and Bean Soup, Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili and Beef Vegetable Soup. In addition to soup there is homemade beef and chicken stock.
I keep a lot of fruits and veggies in the freezer too. We frequently make smoothies so I keep us stocked up on strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and the antioxidant organic fruit blend from Costco. Right now I also have frozen green beans, frozen broccoli, organic corn, stir fry vegetables and some edamame in my freezer. When I have extra kale or spinach I will blanch it and freeze it for soups. I also cut up left over onion, carrots, peppers, celery etc. and keep them in freezer bags for soup or broth. Don’t let your veggies that are about to go bad go to waste! Chop them up and freeze them for stir-fry, soups, and other recipes!
I always have quite a few miscellaneous freezer bags thrown in there. I have to check through it all every once in a while so I don’t forget what I have! Here is what I found when I looked through the bags on this day: freezer pop (leftover smoothie), some sweet potato freezing in the ice cube tray, taco meat, brown rice, sour cream, homemade granola bars, graham cracker dough, pizza dough, pasta and pizza sauce, chocolate coconut crunch cups, homemade pesto, uncooked quinoa patties, Ezekiel bread, apple juice, beans, and banana bread. We just ate up all of our waffles, pancakes and muffins but I’m usually stocked up on those for quick breakfast options as well.
Quick tip: Use your ice cube trays to freeze sauces and such. When I have extra pizza sauce, pasta sauce, sour cream, etc. I pour them into the ice cube trays and then when frozen I put them in freezer bags to pull out when needed. We had a friend visit a while back and they left their apple juice. We don’t drink much juice but I have seen some recipes with apple juice as a sweetener so I froze that into cubes for later use. During the summer I grow lots of basil. In the fall I made a big batch of pesto with my basil and froze it into cubes and they have lasted us all winter. Those are just a few examples.
When you make brown rice, taco meat, etc. make extras and freeze it for later. When I make quinoa patties and meatballs I often have leftovers to freeze for quick week night dinners. I make huge crockpots full of pinto and black beans and black eyed peas. I freeze them in bags for quick side dishes for busy week nights. Cheese can be frozen as well. When I have leftover mozzarella I’ll save it for homemade pizza. I don’t let anything go to waste! Almost anything can be frozen for later use. Sometimes the consistency changes but most things can still be used in cooking. I am constantly googling how to freeze certain things.
I didn’t take a picture of this but I have a lot of frozen meat too: ground turkey, chicken and lots of beef (we went in with a friend on 1/4 of a cow.) I also keep our favorite Amy’s organic burritos and some Earth’s Best chicken nuggets for the kids when I get in a pinch.
So now I want to know…what’s in your freezer?