I Love My Freezer.

by Sarah on January 23, 2014 · 8 comments

I’ve actually been stocking up photos for a post of this nature for awhile–I do love my themes–but it wasn’t until Meghan gave me the perfect hashtag that I knew it was time to officially begin* the  freezer celebration.

*Let’s be real. There will be a part two. And maybe a part three.

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Let me just remind y’all that I will freeze pretty much anything. (Even salted, roasted edamame. It tastes better cold. And sprinkled on this giant mess.)IMG_1337 (1024x683)

Cooking for one for so many years teaches you that the freezer is a single lady’s best friend.IMG_9239 (1024x683)

It can’t put a ring on it, but it can give you some pretty nice ice (cubes).IMG_1614 (1024x683)

Or, you know, since I don’t actually like ice in my water, (roasted) beet cubes.IMG_1505 (1024x681)

Considering the joy of putting beets in smoothies, this just makes concentrating the flavor all that much easier.IMG_1575 (1024x683)

And as soup always tastes better a few days later…clearly a few WEEKS (or months) later won’t hurt it any.IMG_20140113_202133

Although sometimes bread might get a wee bit freezer burned if you forget it about it, dipping it into soup is a good alternative.IMG_1635 (1024x681)

As is turning into sweet (or savory–as in my Mushroom Bolognese) bread pudding.IMG_1770 (1024x683)

Of course, we all know the wisdom of saving some of the fresh, local, in season produce while you can get it.IMG_1652 (1024x682) (2)

This previously frozen local cauliflower tasted just as good as fresh.IMG_1650 (1024x683)

But I’m also a fan of frozen vegetables I didn’t stick into Ziploc bags myself. IMG_2237 (1024x682)

Yes, I DO roast previously frozen Brussels sprouts. They might not be as crispy as you get with fresh ones, but they are cost efficient and still pretty darn tasty.IMG_9707 (1024x683)

Whole Foods’ frozen curly blue kale is delicious when cooked in a pan with some fresh onion and seasonings…IMG_1367 (1024x683)

..and mixed up with spaghetti squash, tomato sauce, and eggs.IMG_1381 (1024x683)

Or with the rest of that very large squash with the previously mentioned  frozen veggie burger and edamame chaos that was this dish:IMG_1350 (1024x683)

I also buy fish previously frozen. Usually I thaw it before pan-searing or baking it, but not always.IMG_9818 (1024x683)

It still cooks evenly and tastes amazing.* [Plus, it's cheap. And most "fresh" seafood is frozen at some point anyway.]

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*So do roasted parsnips and multicolored carrots. But we can talk about that later.IMG_1996 (1024x683)

So, freezing snackable, salty edamame may be a bit weird–I’ll give you that–but is it odd to prefer dried fruit from the freezer door?IMG_20140116_082357_050 (1024x576)

(Where it–like my Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Oat cookies crumblies–stays super cold, but also chewy…)IMG_1899 (1024x683)

Certainly freezing Vega  savi seeds and Seed & Bean ginger dark chocolate is normal? IMG_20140114_084503_754 (1024x576)

Not like I care what’s normal. I DO however care that frozen wild blueberries may be super delicious, but they quickly make all pretty platings (bowlings?) super PINK, leading to a very time sensitive photography situation.IMG_2122 (1024x686)

But I guess that’s a personal problem.

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 23, 2014 at 9:45 am

I’m definitely ALL for my freezer! But try having TWO single girls sharing a freezer…it becomes a tight fit!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 23, 2014 at 12:41 pm

I freeze EVERYTHING. Seriously. It’s a jungle of fruits, veggies, fish, nuts, muffins, cookies, coffee, avocados… you name it, I’ll freeze it.

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Tricia @ Saving room for dessert January 23, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Those are some great looking meals. I’m bad about forgetting things in the freezer and just buying new. But eventually we get around to thawing it out. All these meals look great and sound even better. Have a lovely weekend!

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! January 24, 2014 at 8:14 am

Definitely with you on the #freezerlove! I freeze EVERYTHING. So convenient for pulling off quick meals and preserving baked goods! Also, I love roasting frozen veggies! You’re right, they don’t get as crispy….but still delish!

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Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets January 25, 2014 at 12:55 pm

I, for one, can absolutely appreciate your ice cube and muffin tin shaped creations since I have a few of those stashed in my own freezer. I actually did a post with a run down of all the goodies inside mine: http://cleaneatsfastfeets.com/2013/12/16/week-in-review-the-freezer-edition/ It was a good time and it made me realize I need to jump in there and get eating. Last week, I pulled spicy three bean and sweet potato veggie burgers out of there. I made sliders and topped them with defrosted creamy pesto veggie dip. So good.

Oh and I don’t want to talk about the roasted parsnips and carrots later. I want to know now since my curiosity is peeked and I’m an instant gratification kind of girl. I can’t wait to see what delicious comes from part 2.

One more thing, since you asked: my food philosophy: http://cleaneatsfastfeets.com/2013/06/05/wiaw-the-verbal-purge-edition/

Happy Saturday. I hope it includes some farmers marketing. :)

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Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli February 8, 2014 at 9:11 am

“Cooking for one for so many years teaches you that the freezer is a single lady’s best friend.” <- AMEN! I've been eating from my freezer for the last two weeks…it's amazing what {forgotten} treasures you can find in there! And yeah, I've got my fair share of freezer-burnt bread…I'm STILL working on my stash of P28! Ha!

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