Double Up Food Bucks makes it easy to stock up on your favorite fruits and vegetables, but sometimes it can be a challenge to use all of your market finds before it’s too late. Freezing food is a great way to save money, make mealtimes more convenient, and get the most potential out of your Double Up Food Bucks. Here are some tips on how to utilize your freezer in a way that will benefit you, your wallet and the whole family!
Choosing the right container
Choosing what to freeze
Summer vegetables can also easily be stored, but many require cooking before freezing for the best results. Squash can be roasted and then divided up and frozen to be used any time you need an easy side dish or meal. Other vegetables require blanching, which means you will need to drop the veggies in boiling water briefly and then cool down with icy water before packaging and freezing. Kale, spinach, corn, and carrots should be blanched for 2-3 minutes before placing in cold water, draining, and packaging into portions for later recipes. Another great way to utilize your veggies is by making your favorite spaghetti sauce recipe with fresh tomatoes, onions, and garlic and freezing it in a glass jar with a plastic lid. You can take this out later for a quick and delicious spaghetti night!
Spice it up!
In Arizona, our farmers markets provide access to so many delicious fruits and vegetables throughout the seasons. Double Up on your favorite produce now and freeze it to stretch your food dollars, save time, and enjoy delicious flavors all year long!