How To Stock your Fridge, Freezer and Pantry
During this World Health Crisis, Quarantine is either here or inevitable for most of us. It’s so important to feed the body with Good Quality Nutrition to maintain and support a Healthy Immune System.
Here are my Tips on How to Stock your Fridge, Freezer & Pantry, so you can make Superfood Immune Boosting Juices and Blends when you are in Quarantine. Watch out for Part 2 of this series (coming in the next few days) where I’ll show you how to use these ingredients to make Immune Boosting Superfood Blends.
There is no easier way to feed and nourish the body than by Juicing and Blending.
Here are some Freezer, Fridge and Pantry Essentials so you can make Immune Boosting Juice and Blend Recipes when you have to stay indoors.
You can easily mix or substitute ingredients to fit within your Budget or Needs.
1. Coconut Water
Coconut Water – the kind in Tetra Packs, can be stored in the Pantry and once opened stored in the fridge for a few days. If you have unused coconut water you can put it into a mason jar and freeze it for later. Coconut Water is a great base for blending. You can also use filtered water.
Spinach is highly perishable. You can buy it frozen but frozen veggies are usually blanched before flash freezing and lose a lot of nutrients. You can easily freeze Fresh Spinach simply by popping the fresh leaves loosely into a freezer bag or jar. Frozen greens work great in blend recipes.
Kale is also highly perishable and lasts only about 5 days in the fridge. Kale freezes really well. Use the same method for freezing as spinach.
Lemons can last for up to 3 weeks in the fridge. You can peel them (leave as much of the white pith on as possible) and chop into segments. Store them in glass containers or freezer bags. Alternatively, you can juice the lemons and pop the juice in ice cube trays. Then you can use a cube as needed in blends or to make lemon water.
Limes last for about 2 weeks in the fridge. Follow the same method as Lemons to store in the freezer.
6. Oranges or Mandarins
Oranges last quite well in the fridge – for up to 4 weeks. Alternatively you can peel the orange (leave as much of the white pith on as possible). Pull apart the segments and lay them flat in freezer bags or glass containers ready to be used in the blender. Or you can juice the oranges and store in ice cube trays.
7. Frozen Fruit
Pineapple, Mango and Berries are my Favourite Superfood Fruits. Frozen Fruit works great in Blends and they add a little sweetness to a green blend.
Bananas are highly perishable. Here’s how you can store them.
1. In a plastic bag on your counter-top.
2. In the fridge – the skins might turn brown but the banana will stay fresh for days.
3. Slice the banana then lay the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze the banana then transfer to a freezer bag or glass container. This makes the banana easier to blend.
Frozen banana adds a delicious creamy taste to blend recipes.
Fresh Mint is highly perishable. Wash the leaves carefully, dry on a paper towel then lay flat in freezer bags or in glass storage containers and pop them in the freezer.
Fresh Parsley is also highly perishable. Prepare the leaves using the same method as mint and store in the freezer.
Avocados the Ultimate Superfood but are also highly perishable. If you buy them fresh, scoop out the flesh, slice and freeze them. You can also buy frozen avocado pieces which work great in the blender.
12. Ginger Root
Fresh Ginger will stay fresh in the fridge for 4-6 weeks. Store in a plastic bag or glass container. Alternatively, you can peel and thinly slice the ginger and store in ice cube trays in the freezer.
Garlic lasts for a few weeks in the fridge. You can freeze the cloves – simply peel each clove and either wrap them in foil or place in a freezer bag or glass container.
Extra Superfood Essentials:
Chia Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds and Hemp Seeds are full of Immune Boosting Nutrients. They add a Powerful Nutritional and Protein Boost to any blend. Make sure to check your dollar store as supermarket prices can be expensive. I regularly buy organic chia and sunflower seeds at my local dollar store.
15. Almond Butter
Or any other Natural Nut Butter e.g. Natural Peanut Butter for an extra boost of Protein and Essential Nutrients.
16. Non Dairy Milk
E.g. Almond, Coconut (Carton not canned), Cashew or Rice Milk. These milks can also be used as a base for your Blends. Try to buy the unsweetened kind. Non Dairy Milk can be bought in Tetra Packs. There is no need for refrigeration until it’s opened and it can be frozen. If you buy the fresh kind then you can also freeze any unused portions.
17. Superfood Powder
E.g. Spirulina, Moringa, Matcha, Wheatgrass Etc. Keep an eye out for these powders – they can be quite inexpensive if you shop around. I’ve found them for as low as $6 at my local discount produce store.
Useful Kitchen Essentials:
*Ice Cube Trays
*Glass Storage Containers
Check for all of these at the Dollar Store.
Watch out for Part 2 of this How to Stock Your Fridge Freezer and Pantry Series which will include how to make a week’s worth of Nutritious Immune Boosting SuperFood Smoothies in half an hour or less with these ingredients.
In the meantime, check out my post on Immune Boosting Wellness Shots where you will find Recipes all made with ingredients like Citrus Fruits, Garlic and Ginger, that have Powerful Health and Medicinal Benefits.
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Wishing you Health and Love,
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