7 Foods You Can Cook Straight Out of the Freezer
1. Bacon- The reason that you can cook bacon right out of the freezer is because there’s so much fat in bacon that it can thaw and start cooking in a pan in just a few minutes. Make sure you freeze the bacon in individual slices first so that it’s not frozen into one big bacon block.
2. Fruit- We all know that frozen fruit is a great way to add texture and keep smoothies cold, but if you bake with frozen fruit, there’s no need to defrost it — just mix it straight into batter or dough.
3. Vegetables- Because frozen vegetables are usually frozen at the peak of freshness, they’re a great, healthy choice always have a stash. Small vegetables like peas and corn can quickly cook and cool down in soup.
4. Dumplings- Since Asian dumplings can be a bit time-consuming to make, make a big batch and then freeze them for a quick and satisfying snack or weeknight meal. Dumplings cook best straight from the freezer since thawing them will make the wrappers sticky and cook up soggy.
5. Pasta- Similar to Asian dumplings, fresh uncooked pastas and filled pastas like ravioli and agnolotti freeze extremely well. Don’t thaw them or the pasta will start to stick together. Frozen pasta only takes a minute or two longer to cook than fresh before it’s ready to be tossed in your favorite sauce.
6. Cooked Rice- Did you know that day-old rice makes the best fried rice? It’s a great way to use up leftover steamed rice, but if you’re not ready to fry up the rice just yet, stash it in the freezer. If frozen properly, the rice freezes into individual grains that you can just toss right into the wok or frying pan when the fried rice craving hits.
7. Fish- Skip the thawing step for frozen fish — all you have to do is rinse the fillets off, pat them dry, and get cooking. It’ll take a few more minutes to cook than a piece of fresh fish. Good reason to keep fish in the freezer and eat more fish.
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