Frozen vegetables and fruit can be stored for up to a year and provide options regardless of season and availability. Not sold on frozen? Consider these pointers:
- Try buying in bulk and looking for sales to help save on cost.
- Steam or stir-fry frozen veggies to keep more of the nutrients compared to boiling.
- Freeze bananas that are overripe. They’re great in smoothes and in homemade muffins.
- Frozen berries make great add-ins to hot cereals. Use in oatmeal: add frozen berries to rolled oats with some water and microwave for about a minute. This is an easy, tasty breakfast without the sugar and additives of pre-packaged flavored oatmeal.
- Throw frozen peas in with rice as it’s cooking.
- Throw frozen berries into a container or freezer bag; they'll be mostly thawed by lunchtime!
- Interested in freezing your own vegetables or fruit? Check out CPMA's Fruit Freezing Guide and Vegetable Freezing Guide to learn more about techniques for freezing your own veggies and fruit.