Berries of all types are so good and healthy. They make for wonderful desserts and special treats.
Wash your berries and then lay them out on a rimmed cookie sheet (so they don't fall off). I like to put a piece of parchment paper or wax paper on the bottom first. Place a layer of berries on the sheet and freeze. Then add them to freezer bags or food saver bags.
A good way to freeze is in 2 cup increments. You can munch on the berries frozen, add to smoothies or milkshakes, or thaw and use for pies, cobblers, crisps, etc.
Did you know you can freeze for later? Yes you can. You may find a great deal on avocado - but can't possibly eat them fast enough. Remove the seed and peel. Smash up (can use a potato masher) or cube or dice and mix with some lime juice (to prevent browning). You can use bottled or fresh lime juice.
Add to bags and remove as much air as possible - this is essential! You can also freeze in ice cube trays and then place in airtight bags as soon as possible.
Great for making quacamole, or spreading on toast or making any kind of spread.
Nothing better than frozen grapes! They are so refreshing and an absolute treat on a hot day.
I wash my grapes and de-stem. Dry and freeze on cookie sheets and then add to freezer bags. Freezing grapes seems to enrich the flavor of them. Just a tip - these are good to add to a glass of wine for a pretty effect!
We all know that you can freeze bananas that are getting too ripe to use later in sweet bread and for smoothies. They can be used to make a quick ice cream like dessert as well.
You can also dip bananas in chocolate and lay on a cookie sheet and freeze. I like to cut the banana into 2 pieces and then add an old popsicle stick first. Makes eating this frozen treat easier.The kids will love it!
NOT Freezing - but pasta salad is a great summer treat!
Pasta salads are cool and refreshing on a hot summer day. You can actually make it into an entire meal. Add any types of veggies you want (chopped into bite size pieces). You can add meat as well. Bite size pieces of chicken, ham, tuna, bacon, etc..
Use your favorite dressings. I have used ranch, Italian, a combo of the two, thousand island, etc. You can some blue cheese or whatever you like and have.
There is absolutely no right or wrong way to make pasta salad. Add anything and everything and have fun with it. It is some good eating.
Fix a big bowl and you have a cool side or dinner for a few days!
So this summer as your fruit starts ripening or you find a great deal at the store - don't feel you can only get enough for the week. Stock up and you will be able to enjoy the sweet and lovely taste of summer all year!