Cooking and baking for multiple food allergies and a type 1 diabetic is so time consuming. I have come across a few time savers, and quick tips that I have found invaluable these last two years. This isn't rocket science and you have probably seen or have done most of these ideas before. This will either be a reminder or give you another technique to try.
FREEZE VEGETABLE AND FRUIT PUREE
I cooked a few butternut squash and pureed them in the blender then poured the puree into some icecube trays. I did this with some raw pureed beets and carrots too! These are great additions to a fruit smoothie, pasta sauce, muffin mixes, and applesauce.
FREEZE APPLE PIE FILLING
CLICK HERE to see that. I am going to try and make the whole pie up and freeze it before I bake it. That would be AMAZING, pull it out of the freezer, thaw, and bake.....ahhhh what would I do with my time?
MAKE BAGS OF SMOOTHIE INGREDIENTS
FREEZE LEMON JUICE
This is such an easy one. Buy lots and lots of lemons when they are cheep. Juice all of them and freeze them in icecube trays. Anytime you want some fresh squeezed lemon juice simply defrost a cube or two. Check out my lemon soda recipe CLICK HERE and my lemon ice recipe, it is carb free.....CLICK HERE
Frozen Black BeansMake up a crock-pot of black beans. Then freeze the beans in individual bags or containers. Whenever you need some beans for a side-dish or to make black bean brownies simply defrost and use. I froze my beans in an ice-cube tray to make defrosting them easier. I did a post earlier about making dry black beans in your crock pot CLICK HERE to see that. The frozen beans are so easy to heat up in a microwave or in a pot with a little bit of water. It is like the convenience of a can of beans without all the worries of the BPA can lining.
Quick Frozen Waffles
You can also apply this technique to muffins. Simply make a double recipe and freeze half. It is nice to pop one or two muffins out of the freezer for a little snack or last minute breakfast.