7 things you didn’t know you could freeze
Are you making the most of your freezer? While lots of us are used to freezing meat, dairy and bread, there are actually hundreds of food items out there that are safe to freeze and doing so could save you valuable time and money!
With this in mind, kitchen appliance manufacturer, Gorenje, has put together a list of easy-to-follow tips and tricks that will help make life that little bit simpler.
1. Lemon and lime slices
Those that have tried to freeze whole lemons or limes know that defrosting usually results in a soft, mushy version of the former fresh fruit. Cutting the fruit into slices or wedges before freezing helps avoid this problem.
Not only does this mean freshness lasts longer, it also provides an extra refreshing lemon or lime wedge for cold drinks. For those looking for a stronger citrus flavour for drinks, freeze the fruit’s juice in freezing trays to replace standard ice cubes.
2. Leftover wine
Wine is a popular ingredient in many of the nation’s favourite dishes, but when the recipe calls for such a small amount, what are we supposed to do with the rest of the bottle? Freezing the remaining wine, whether it be white or red, in ice cube trays is the perfect way to reduce waste, keeping your favourite cooking wine fresh and ready to use as and when you need it.
3. Chopped veg
Freezing chopped vegetables is another great way to preserve leftover ingredients. While many people know that this is an option, it’s something that most of us forget and results in a lot of food wastage!
4. Breast milk and pads
When breastfeeding, it can sometimes help to express and store breast milk, often because you’re returning to work and want to make sure there’s a healthy supply. Freezing milk, either in sterilized bottles or bags, is a great way to do this. In a home freezer (at minus 18C or lower), breast milk can last up to six months.
Freezing breast pads is also a great way to provide some relief for the aches and pains that can occasionally accompany breastfeeding too.
5. Grapes and berries
Once frozen, grapes and blueberries get a popsicle like texture, great for making tempting treats and keeping children away from high-sugar snacks.
6. Yoghurt and crushed fruit
The combination of frozen fruit and yoghurt is also great for tricking kids into healthier treats, creating a dessert that can (almost) pass for ice cream!
7. Cream-less cakes
For when the faux healthy snacks just won’t cut it, cakes without cream - such as sponge, can be frozen to be kept fresh and tasty. Before freezing, allow the sponge to cool completely so that no steam can create excess moisture when frozen, which can result in soggy cake.
It’s a great technique for when preparation time is limited, but just make sure you allow a few hours for the sponge to fully defrost before adding any icing or frosting.
Guardians of vitamins: Refrigerators IonGeneration
Although not used for cooking, Gorenje refrigerators are the hub of every kitchen. They are tasked with a simple mission – make sure your favourite food is always available. But Gorenje refrigerators can do much more. They feature smart technologies to mimic the conditions similar to those found in nature, which keeps the food fresh, tasty, and full of vital nutrients for longer.
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