Monday, December 26, 2011

Freezer Veggies

I am no genius, but I learned a long time ago that I hate that smell of onions that lingers on my hands for days after I cut up even just one.  Yes, I could wear gloves, but I don't.   We use a lot of onion around here, sometimes chopped, sometimes in strips, but whatever, we use a lot of it.  Since I mostly use it for cooking, I cut them all up at one time and stick them in the freezer.  
When I need a cup of chopped onions for a recipe I'm cooking with, I just bang the bag on the counter and dump out what I need.  The same goes for peppers.  I don't eat them raw...ever, but I love them cooked.  I cut them into strips and freeze them too.  I have several freezer bags full in my fridge and I probably go through a few gallons of onions and peppers every other month.  At least that is when I go get more and start chopping.  I do always leave one red onion and one yellow out so if I need them cut up for a salad, I have them.
When I find a great deal on something at the produce market, I like to stock up.  Lots of that stuff doesn't stay good for very long so I'm picky about how much I get and whether or not it will freeze well.  I grabbed some squash and zucchini out of the fridge that was not looking so good, so I'm taking a chance that when I cook them up, they will be just fine...another veggie I don't eat raw. 
I found this terrific post about crock pot freezer meals that I'm dying to try.  I think I do most of it already, but this is all combined into one bag you throw right into the crock pot.
Do you have any favorite freezer tips or menu ideas you use in your home?  Share with me.  I love tips that save me time and money.

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