My lovely husband hauled home our new chest freezer late last month. It makes a wonderful addition to our downstairs bathroom, which had an awkward blank spot that is exactly freezer-shaped.
Having a freezer means I don’t have to worry so much about what will fit in the freezing compartment. It means I can buy fresh, local/in-season produce and save it up for when it’s no longer in-season.
I’m new to freezing, mostly, and my vegetable repertoire still isn’t fantastic, so what I’ve been up to probably doesn’t hold a candle to many people’s stocks. Freezing is kind of taking a back seat to making baby food, too, though it also goes hand-in-hand at times.
So far, in the freezer:
- A few peaches
- Corn off the cob
- Green beans
- Carrots and sweet potatoes are next
The freezer fruit will probably end up mostly as smoothies. Maybe it’s not saving me all that much money in the end, but it makes me feel really accomplished to have it done.
I haven’t tried my hand at any canning. The only thing I think I might use is tomatoes.
What do you freeze or can?
I don’t eat my vegetables.
We did eat some when I was growing up. Most suppers included one of The Big Three: corn, peas, or green beans. I’m not much of a bean fan and my husband doesn’t care for peas, so that makes our Big Three now The Big One — and corn is arguably a starch rather than a vegetable. (And the same veggie every day makes us tired of corn, understandably.)
Which leaves with The Big Zero.
Sometimes we’ll have spinach salads. Sometimes I buy a bag of baby carrots — but both get boring fast. Other caveat: Husband doesn’t like peppers, and I don’t consider them a loss from our cuisine.
But within the next four to five months, we’ll have another solid food consumer in our home. We’ll start her on veggies — and then not eat them ourselves.
I don’t want my daughter to grow up like her mother. I want her to know what kale is. I don’t want her to regard stir-fry veggies as filler to round out the meat bits. For me, I want to be healthier and have a more diverse cuisine.
But I don’t believe I like vegetables. A lot of it might be lack of experience.
I’ve done a little reading about veggie-eating tips, but nothing sounds super-promising to me. Maybe if some of you would like to share your favorite veggie recipes, that would inspire me.