Our Top Vegan Ingredient Freezer Hacks ❄️
Our meals are meant to be kept in the freezer, so you can have them when they suit you. Why should your veg be any different?
Freezing your fruit & veg is not just simple to do, it also maintains the freshness, crunch, and flavour of many of your favourite items. More importantly, it can be great way to reduce food waste and make your ingredients last longer, so you don't have to go shopping as often!
Craving a stew or soup? Throw in some chopped onions and greens from your freezer. Fancy a sweet treat or a morning smoothie? Pre-chopped packs of your favourite fruit can last for months whilst frozen.
Tips on freezing vegetables:
For the majority of vegetables, they will need to boiled quickly for a few minutes before cooling them down straight away in ice-cold water to stop the cooking process. This helps neutralise the bacteria present, which in turn delays the spoiling process.
It’s a good idea to chop up all your veg beforehand, freeze them flat on a tray so that they don’t clump together in a chunk of ice. Put them in bags after they've frozen.
How do I freeze my veg?
Onions 🧅 :Dice/slice your onions before freezing the pieces on a tray (no need to blanch).
These are great in stews, soups, risottos, sauces etc. Anything where the onion doesn’t have to retain its shape too much (e.g. in a salad) is ideal.
Lasts up to 3 months.
Leafy greens 🥬 :This can include vegetables such as spinach, kale, chard.
Blanching your vegetables will allow them to be stored up to 3 months, whereas freezing them fresh will mean they deteriorate quicker. Note that with leafy greens, you won’t have to boil them for very long in the blanching process.
If freezing fresh, these leafy greens are great in juices.
If freezing blanched, you can throw them in soups as well as into your favourite stir-fries.
Broccoli & cauliflower 🥦:Cut into bite-sized pieces. Blanch, drain, and freeze in small packs.
These are great for when you’re craving some veg on the side of your meal, as well as boiled up and tossed into pasta, noodle, and rice dishes.
Lasts between 9 - 10 months.
Potatoes & other roots 🥔:Cut, blanch and dry thoroughly. Freeze in small batches.
The mighty potato will be perfect throw into the majority of your usual favourites, as well as easily boiled and turned into mash. Other starches work well in pies and casseroles, as well as roasted until crispy.
You can also bake your potato as normal, freeze then defrost it for 20 mins in a hot oven for a super quick and tasty lunch.
Lasts between 10 - 12 months.
NOTE: We always recommend checking how long they last on average and dating your freezer packs. This way you’ll always know when to best use them, and reduces the risk of wasting it!
Tips on freezing fruit:
Did you know? Frozen berries and fruit are perfect for making smoothies because they double up as both the fruit and the ice- perfect for a quick and easy breakfast!
If your fruit has any bruises or gashes, carve these away as these can cause your fruit to spoil quicker
Cut into small bite-sized pieces for ease unless you have a chainsaw to cut them with once frozen.
Try to pat dry/remove as much moisture from your fruit beforehand
How do I freeze my fruit?
Apples 🍎:It’s best to peel your apples before freezing as apple skins are particularly prone to small bruises and marks which can lead to spoilage.
Core and cut into bite-sized chunks and freeze in packs.
They work great for the applesauce base of your usual pies, crumbles, strudels.
Lasts between 9 - 10 months.
Berries 🫐:Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries are some of our faves.
If you wash your berries before freezing, make sure they are dry before putting them in the freezer to prevent them getting icy.
Delicious added to banana ice cream, whizzed up into smoothies, as well as baked into muffins.
Lasts between 6 - 9 months.
Bananas 🍌:Peel, chop into bite-sized chunks & freeze.
Great for milkshakes, ice cream & banana pie.
Lasts between 2 -3 months.
Grapes 🍇:Remove any grapes that are too soft, wash and dry before freezing.
They’re the perfect healthy sweet treat - affordable and yummy.
Lasts between 6 - 8 months.
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