Freezing Your Foods: Tips for Storing Your Leftovers!

Freezing Your Foods: Tips for Storing Your Leftovers!

When you make your NutriBlast, nothing goes to waste! Not only do you retain all the essential fiber of fruits and vegetables, but you can even include certain seeds and skins. This, however, leads to another problem: what happens when you realize your eyes are bigger than your stomach and you’re just not Blasting fast enough to go through all of the nutritious greens and fruit you just bought?

Don’t toss it into the wastebasket just yet! According to the USDA, Americans trash up to 40% of their food - that's almost half of all your groceries! Luckily, fruits and veggies are easily freezable, making for a frosty (and much more convenient!) Blast mix.

Freezing leftover produce (or almost any food for that matter) is simple. The hardest part is remembering you have the food in there and using it before freezer frost bite takes over or it becomes overshadowed by tubs of ice cream, frozen TV dinners, and Hot Pockets. Oh, don’t be silly! We know you’d never have that stuff in your freezer!

Top Freezer-Friendly Foods

1. Bananas

Banana “ice cream” anyone?

One of my all-time favorite desserts is adding a frozen banana to a NutriBullet short cup with a tablespoon of cacao powder, some unsweetened coconut flakes and 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk and Blasting it to soft serve perfection. What a healthy “guilty” pleasure! To freeze bananas, simply peel them and cut them in half or into chunks and then freeze them in a tightly sealed freezer bag.

2. Berries

It must be strawberry season because the ones I’ve had lately are absolutely delicious! I just might stock up and freeze some to enjoy later when they aren’t so perfect. For berries, wash and dry well. Freeze in a single layer on a parchment-lined tray. Once completely frozen, transfer into a freezer bag. Adding frozen fruit to a Blast lends a thicker, more shake-like consistency. Yum!

3. Leafy Greens

While some have been successful at freezing leafy greens raw, I find it best to trim, chop and blanch them first. Be sure to dry them well, and then follow the same steps as you would with berries.

4. Beans

Let’s be honest: how many of us actually cook beans from scratch? It’s a pain, but so worth the fresh flavor!

For the times you do, try cooking a large batch and then freeze some for later use. Simply cool the beans after cooking and freeze in a Mason jar with some of the cooking liquid covering the top. Make sure to leave some small head space between the liquid and top of the jar so it has room to expand as it freezes. When you’re ready to use the beans, defrost in the fridge, drain and toss into soups, salads or Blasts. I do not recommend this for canned beans, which already come in small containers and have a super long shelf life!

5. Grains

It seems like there’s a new “It” grain every few months, from quinoa to barley to buckwheat to freekeh! I often find myself buying new ones to try. Luckily, sturdier grains like brown rice, barley, quinoa, and farro can be frozen in small portions for later use. After cooking, cool and freeze in a single layer on a parchment-lined tray. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag. You can add frozen grains to your smoothies or thaw them in the fridge for a nice stir-fry or side dish.

6. Fresh Herbs

Mint for digestive woes, cilantro to help detoxify the body, basil to lift your spirits and parsley to reduce that awful bloating! These are just a few of the many healing powers we're starting to recognize through the use of herbs. Using fresh herbs makes a world of difference when cooking, yet these tiny superstars often go limp shortly after buying. Next time, chop them up and spoon into an ice cube tray. Top with a nice extra-virgin olive oil, avocado oil, or cold-pressed coconut oil and wrap with plastic wrap. Freeze the tray until cubes are solid. Transfer herb/oil cubes to a freezer bag. Reheat cubes in a pan when making soups or pasta or toss as is in your Blast for an added boost of flavor and nutrition.

7. Nuts

Due to their high fat content, nuts are susceptible to rancidity. I usually store mine in the fridge since I go through them so quickly, however, freezing nuts is another option. Toss them in a freezer bag or airtight container to prolong their shelf life.

8. Vegetable scraps

After cooking a lovely meal, I often find my garbage can filled with discarded carrot tops, onion peels, celery tips, pepper tops, beet greens and other vegetable scraps. What a waste! Little did I know, if I toss these into a freezer bag, I can use them later to make a low-sodium vegetable broth for soups and grains. I’d skip on the cruciferous veggies, though, as these lend a bitter flavor to broth, but be sure to use these leftovers in your Blast!

A Few Tips to Part With…

• Be portion savvy – When freezing think of how much you will actually use each time you need that particular ingredient and portion it out appropriately. No gallon sized tubs of brown rice allowed!

• Seal it snug – Freezer burn is the worst! Remove as much air from your bag as possible (use a straw if you don't have a vacuum sealer.)

• Stay organized – Label all your packages! Most frozen foods will stay good for about 3-6 months.

• Use it or lose it – Plan ahead and remember to allow time for the ingredients that need to be thawed prior to use.

Never let food go to waste again - Blast it or freeze it!

Need more tips on freezing various foods? Search through other common fruits and vegetables here.

Check your freezer right now and let us know your freezer finds!

Registered Dietitian


Comments
Comment by JP4y2K
March 26, 2015
I found the food saver and food saver bags is the way to go.
Comment by Krista Haynes.
December 09, 2014
In my experience these just don't freeze very well- you end up with a strange texture (they contain a lot of water). I also just peeled and sliced them and tossed them in a freezer-safe bag. According to Sunkist, they say the whole citrus meat should not be frozen - the peel however can be. http://www.sunkist.com/products/buying_storing_handling.aspx Here's a more time-consuming freezing method that you may wish to try: http://www.livestrong.com/article/557132-how-to-freeze-oranges-and-lemons/ I'd do the one w/ o the added sugar to keep it healthy :)
Comment by kschippits
December 09, 2014
What about freezing citrus? Like oranges and grapefruit ?
Comment by Kat1957
November 13, 2014
too funny.i just saw this article posted on one of my other facebook nutribullet sites.i have been freezing beans for years(as i cook 2 to 3 pounds at a time).i also freeze all my veggie scrapes to boil and make stock with.so 2 years ago when i started using my nutribullet i started freezing my organic fruits&veggies as i found them on sale so that i could have seasonal fruits&veggies all year long.now i grow alot of my own so i freeze them in season too.i always try and tell people who say it cost to much to eat organic that if they learn to buy products on sale and store/cook or freeze them they will save money and be healthier.i can't say enough good things about my life style changes since not being able to sleep one nite 2 yrs ago and watching the infomercial for the NutriBullet its the best thing i have ever bought myself.that is why i spend hours almost daily talking to people at work/at my cancer support center/in grocery stores and on facebook pages there are so many people that with just a lil push and the support of someone willing to spend a lil time helping them that will make the healthy choice life style change but for those without the drive or support they just give up.so i love this site and all its info and help and try to share it and any other sites that give much needed support to anyone looking to change their lifes for the better..Thank You for always being here for us to get and share the info we need..
Reply by Kat1957
November 13, 2014
i went out and bought a 5 shelf stand up freezer just for all my healthy ingredients...lol saves me tons of money as i can buy on sale or grow excess with no worry of any going to waste
Can you store your blast in frig til lunch? Will it keep its nutritional value? Or freeze it?
Reply by sjmstubz
June 04, 2014
Thanks for the great info. I am going camping this weekend, so I am going freeze my shakes. I get great energy from the bullet nutrition. I am 54,but now I can keep up with my 27 and 26 year old kids! Thanks
Comment by beni
May 22, 2014
I put ice cubes all the time...Someone said ice sharpen the blade, where does the pieces of sharpen blade goes?
Can you put ice cubes in the Nutri Bullet?
I didn't know your blasts would contain cooked items. Doany of you used recipes with cooked items?
Any of them can! Any recipe with sweet potato uses it only cooked (search sweet potato in the recipes section) and you can also add cooked beans, carrots, or squash to any recipe. Be creative!
Is it okay to put frozen vegetables and fruit in the nutri bullet?
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