I have had a few conversations recently about frozen food, and how freezing food can change the taste or texture of food, and some people simply don’t like it. While I grew up with the practice and am probably more used to the practice, I know that this can be true with some foods. Here are some ways that you can make frozen meals fresh again.
Research your freezing techniques.
When it comes to freezing, foods were not all created equal, so make sure you do your research before you start. Some foods, like vegetables, need to be blanched before they are frozen, or are perfectly fine if they are cooked into a casserole, sauce or soup. Other foods, like freshly made pasta, need to be frozen uncooked to retain its texture.
Try freezing only your proteins or sauces.
Some of the foods that can be changed by freezing are carbohydrates like cooked rice or pasta. For freezer meals, I will often make the sauce, soup, casserole or main element, and then I will cook fresh pasta, rice wraps or bread on the night that I am planning to eat the meal. This will liven up any frozen foods that you are having trouble with.
Don’t leave things in the freezer for too long.
Often, I am only freezing cooked meals for up to a month. While technically, they are fine for 3 months to a year, depending on the food, I think the shorter time that food is in the freezer, the better the texture.
Do you have any other tips for food freezing? I would love to hear them in the comments below. And I would love for you to subscribe to get updates on my latest blog.