Time- Saving Tips
Do you use your freezer to save time? I have learned that I can prep artichokes or brussels sprouts when I have the time over the weekend and pop them in the freezer for a later date. Time-saving tips are always welcome, especially those that make sure I will be able to enjoy my favorite vegetables!
Freezing your artichokes ahead saves time when you just want to eat an artichoke or bring something delicious to the next neighborhood get together. To freeze artichokes to use later, cook them first using the boiling cooking method. Then add to an ice bath to stop the cooking process. Pat dry and store in a sealed zipper bag in the freezer. I cut mine in half and remove the fuzzy center before freezing. You can keep your artichokes in the freezer for 6-8 months. When you are ready to eat, defrost slightly then rub with olive oil and place on grill, or roast or sauté. I don't suggest eating them raw at this point, but cooking the frozen fresh artichokes using one of the suggested methods, removes any residual moisture and saves a lot of time when time is short!
Oven-baked and air-fried Brussels sprouts are easily a favorite in my house. Prepping them ahead of time is a huge time-saver, especially on a busy week. I find that boiling my Brussels sprouts before freezing them gives me a crispy outer layer with a soft inside once I roast or air fry them. Similar to artichokes, you boil first and then submerge into ice water. Once done, pat dry and store in a sealed zipper bag in your freezer for up to a year. Once you are ready to eat, simply preheat your oven or air fryer and roast them up!
What is your favorite time-saving hack for the week ahead?