What are mix-ups? Well, to make a mix-up, all you do slice or chop fruits and/or vegetables for freezing. These will likely be different each time you freeze, depending on the available produce and the amounts. They are easy to throw together and place in the freezer for later use.
This is a good way to use up produce that may be a little less than fresh, and to use those odd pieces not used in recipes or eaten with meals.
Here is how I make a vegetable mix-up:
- Take out a large mixing bowl, and a cooking spoon for mixing.
- Get out your cutting board and a sharp knife.
- Take the vegetables you are worrying about going to waste out of your refrigerator. Produce that may not be the freshest, but could be used in a stew or something else.
- Look at the counter produce to see if any of it needs to be used.
- Rinse everything and wipe dry with a towel.
- Chop all the vegetables and throw them into the bowl.
- Throw out the trash (or compost it!), and then mix up what is in the bowl.
- Judge how many freezer containers you will need, get them ready, and label them veggie mix-up and put a use-by date on the label. (Six months would work)
- Spoon the vegetables into the container(s), cover, and freeze.
Use these mix-ups for:
To make fruit mix-ups, take the same steps above and use the fruit mix-ups for smoothies or homemade ice cream.
These are great ways to help you save money. It is frugal to also use leftovers in the same manner, adding even as little as a teaspoon of corn or pees to a freezer mix-up will allow you to save money in the long run.
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