Preserving Food Flavoring Elements For Use Year Round

With grocery store closings a probable future reality, the ability to go grab an onion, or lemon may not be possible. As we prepare our homes for winter, it is important to give attention to the items that compliment and enhance the foods we make. The following tips and information will help us store routinely used items, in the event we are unable to purchase them from local or online sources.

Preserving Herbs Lasts up to 6 months

So many of us use fresh herbs in our cooking. Herbs are not only delicious, but may also have healing properties. Freezing and drying herbs is an excellent way to make sure you have these critical flavorings on-hand for times ahead. Stock up on your next grocery run and freeze half of what you pick-up and dry the other. The variety in preservation method will give you more options for use in the future. Here is an article I found online that outlines how to do this.

Citrus – Lasts up to 6 months

Citrus is a known finisher for delectable dishes, and would be sorely missed if you neglected to stock up. Here are a few simple steps to preserve citrus:

  1. Quarter lemons/lime/oranges and place in single layer on baking tray. Place in freezer until frozen.
  2. Remove and add to ziplock bag. You will be able to remove as needed for use.

You can also squeeze the fresh juice of all citrus into ice cube trays. Once frozen, remove the cubes into a ziplock bag and use as needed.

Lastly, don’t forget the zest!! Always zest your citrus into a single layer on parchment paper and freeze. Once frozen, fold the paper and seal in a ziplock bag and store in the freezer.

Peppers and Onions – Lasts up to 6 months

Peppers and onions are used is so many dishes, and can literally make or break a recipe in terms of flavor. Preserving these are easy and simple, with the freezing method included below (this includes sweet and hot peppers):

  1. Cut onions and peppers in size you plan to use them, place on baking sheet, and freeze.
  2. Once frozen, add to a ziplock bag and store.
  3. These are good for cooking and not eating raw.
  4. Note: I plan to cut my veggies in various sizes to easily lend to whatever various dishes I may make.

Garlic – Lasts up to 6 months

Garlic is super essential in many kitchens. Learn how to preserve it using this easy to follow article.

These are just a few staple suggestions to get you in prep mode. Share what you have frozen or plan to freeze for the times ahead in the comments below.

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