7 Ingredients You Should Always Have in Your Freezer
3. Fruits and Vegetables
There are many advantages to having bags of frozen fruit and vegetables on hand. For starters, many of them come already chopped, so that cuts down on prep time. And depending on the season, they can actually be better for you. Frozen fruits and vegetables are picked at their prime, meaning more flavor and more nutrients than their out-of-season counterparts. And most don’t have added sodium like canned vegetables do. If you thaw frozen fruit and vegetables, drain off any water that has collected in the bag or thaw them in a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl. Depending on the recipe, you may not have to thaw them at all. You can find almost any vegetable and fruit frozen, but I especially like to keep peas, spinach and a vegetable medley or two on hand. For fruit, I like blueberries and strawberries.