To give perishable ingredients a longer lifespan, you can prep and freeze big-batch meals - and keep that freezer full. After all, freezing food doesn’t mean sacrificing quality.
Making meals ahead of time and freezing them for later will ensure you’ve got non-perishable meals on hand - which right now will help ease the stress of the current climate we're facing.
You can give just about any dish the freezer treatment just as long as you take the right food safety precautions. Some general rules of thumb include:
- Rewrap frozen foods if packaging is torn or opened.
- Cut away freezer-burned areas before eating. (Freezer burn doesn’t make food unsafe; it’ll just make it dry).
- Thaw frozen foods in the fridge, where it can slowly defrost; in cold water; or using your microwave’s defrost setting.
Ready to get cooking (and cooling?). Check out these SmartPoints®-friendly recipes that freeze particularly well.