What’s in Your Freezer?
10 freezer-friendly items to keep on hand
In Freezus Placus is the faux Latin motto in our house. It means that any food that can go in the freezer for future use does. If you’ve got a well-stocked freezer, meals and snacks can be ready in no time. In honor of frozen foods month (did you know there was such a thing?), here’s a glimpse at what’s in mine.
1. Peas in a bag. The peas do double duty; brightening up risotto and pasta dishes, and the bag’s malleable shape comes in handy for sore shins after a workout or for post-op cosmetic surgery swelling. It’ll be your secret.
2. Diced prosciutto and pancetta. A couple of tablespoons sautéed with garlic and onions is the base for sauces, risotto, and stews.
3. Butter. When the baking bug bites, butter is the first ingredient to come out.
4. Skinless, boneless chicken breasts. I have my butcher Cryovac them two to a package. Put the package in a bowl of cool water for quick defrosting.
5. Bananas. Don’t toss those overripe bananas. Remove the peels; place the fruit in a plastic bag and freeze. Use the bananas in smoothies, for banana bread or eat like popsicles on hot days.
6. Shrimp. Peeled and deveined shrimp defrost in minutes and can be grilled, sautéed or baked.
7. Fruits and nuts. Cranberries in the fall, blueberries in the summer and other seasonal foods. Who knows? You might have a craving for fresh blueberry waffles in February or cranberry-walnut bread in April.
8. Vodka. Your freezer best imitates the frigid winters of Poland and Russia where vodka was first made, so let your bottle feel at home. It’s best enjoyed cold, thick and syrupy.
9. Candles. That’s right. Place candles in the freezer for 15 to 30 minutes. No more drips.
10. Pint of ice cream. Do you really need a reason?