How great are freezers? I’d never really thought about it until the kids arrived but the freezer is a superb invention. You can freeze pretty much anything – fruit, veg, meat, risotto, fish, leftovers – you name it, you can pretty much freeze it!
Prior to the children, we lived on microwave meals & takeaway so the freezer was only used for ice cubes & fast chill for my wine on a Friday evening.
Now it’s used for completely different reasons. We do use it for freezing leftovers – always great when you need a quick, nutritious meal but are low on time. I even bought some frozen fruit the other day. I was getting sick of throwing away fruit that was on it’s way out. You can only make so many banana cakes with fast browning bananas before you need a change (& something healthy!)
So, the frozen fruit. As a trial I got raspberries & cherries. The raspberries were beautiful! They were sweet & juicy, jut like raspberries should be. Especially as they’ve been out of season for a while, they’ve been expensive & not that great tasting.
It’s been well documented that frozen is just as good as fresh & I can certainly confirm the taste is as good, if not better! However, there’s no taste like peas straight out of the pod! We grew some in the garden a couple of year ago when Charlie was learning to walk. He certainly managed to pick up the pace when he saw us shelling peas! He resembled the seagulls out of Finding Nemo when he saw them – mine, mine, mine!! Needless to say we didn’t mind him snacking on super fresh veg!
When I discovered meal planning, the freezer became even more valuable. You’d think I may not need the freezer as much now I have the weekly meal planner, but it’s just the opposite. Quite often I try & make double portions of a meal then just freeze half for another time! It makes life so much easier when you can just grab a meal out of the freezer & warm it up. Ready meals but healthy! And it’s just as easy to make 2 dishes as it is 1.
When all said & done, I think the freezer is a fantastic invention that I don’t think I could live without!