Freeze Salad Ingredients
Fresh produce and salad ingredients tend to expire quickly. Are you tired of throwing away foods that have spoiled? Ever wondered if it is possible to freeze your salad ingredients? There is! Let’s talk about a few things you can easily freeze and add to your daily salad.
First lets talk about what cannot be frozen. Lettuces and other vegetables that have a higher water content can not be frozen. It is always a bad idea. The higher water content basically turns them into ice. But there are other things you can do to help your leafy greens last a little longer in the refrigerator.
As for freezing salad ingredients, things like meats, nuts, and cheeses are all easily frozen. Freezing cubed ham, bacon, turkey, sunflower seeds and walnuts can help stretch your food budget and preserve these foods. It extends the life of these foods, keeping them from spoiling and they all make great salad toppers right out of the freezer.
For crunchy vegetables on salads, it’s harder to keep the same texture after they have been in the freezer. But vegetables like carrots, peas, corn, tomatoes and squash can all easily be frozen. Cooking them slightly for a warm salad and adding them to a pasta or bean salad, might be good uses for these vegetables. Or add them to soups and stews for more flavor and an extra boost of nutrition. Selectively freezing toppings for your salad make it easy to keep salad ingredients on hand and prevents food waste.