Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Cubed.




Because A. I hate to waste food and B. I love to freeze things; I am getting pretty great at using my ice cube trays. Ice cubes are just the perfect size for blending and thawing and a perfect measurement for so many things like lemon juice in a recipe or pesto in a sauce. 


Whenever I have a little smoothie left over, it goes in an ice cube tray to use in future smoothies. Slushy smoothies are the best but buying frozen fruit is expensive so using some frozen smoothie or frozen juice is great. I also juiced some apples and froze them with some of the pulp. 


I have a big basil bush that needs to be used so I am going to make several batches of pesto to freeze in cubes for the winter. I usually loose my basil plant around December when we get a freeze so I need to stock up now. Pesto freezes great. Take a few cubes out to thaw and toss in on some pasta for a quick dinner. Even better, toss it with some cubed new potatoes and green beans roasted in the oven. Yum!


Lemon season is around the corner and good thing as I just used my last lemon cube. Can't wait. There is always neighbors begging for someone to take their lemons. You can freeze all kinds of citrus for a great smoothie or to throw in a pancake when thawed for flavor. So many ideas. What have you "cubed"?



Another frozen favorite is freezing bananas. Bananas are best for you when they start to get the brown spots. The sugars are being broken down. You have to eat them before they get mushy but they are extra sweet at about this stage, just before the banana bread stage. You can usually buy them for super cheap, like $.20 per pound in a bag when they get speckled like this at the store. Buy them up, peel them, cut them in 2 inch chunks and freeze them in a freezer bag (they don't get brown). You can then throw them in a smoothie or make banana "ice cream" as seen in my post here for a quick and cheap treat. 


If you want to waste a little time, I found a new blog, thanks to April. I am in love. Check out Soule Mama here. Where in the world does she get all that time?

4 comments:

Kate said...

I have a basil bush too and have been wondering what to do with it. Do you use pine nuts in your pesto? They are SO expensive. Have you posted your pesto recipe? I guess I'll check your blog.

Thanks for all these awesome ideas! I hate wasting food too!

Shari Goodman said...

Here is the blog post with my pesto recipe;http://enlightenedhomemaker.blogspot.com/2008/07/garden-bounty.html

I do use pine nuts but not too much.

Kate said...

thanks!

Shea said...

The only thing I've ever "cubed" was homemade babyfood. I never thought of freezing leftover smoothie in icecube trays. What a good idea! I do freeze bananas, but I did not know that bananas are better for you when they get spots. Thanks for the info!