Being a family of avid (well, enthusiastic, at least) gardeners, we’re no strangers to the problem of sometimes having way more fresh, ripe produce than we can use. Last year we had seven rather abundant tomato plants, for goodness sake. As a result, we have had to learn to preserve what we grow. That has definitely meant a lot of canning, and pickle-making, but for some foods my experience has led me to prefer one method over the rest: freezing.
Before “Frozen” meant “Academy Award Winning Disney Musical,” it referred to food preservation has been around for thousands of years in one form or another. It really rose to prominence after the invention of refrigeration and the process called flash freezing, which allowed for foods to be quickly frozen at their peak of freshness and then preserved them for a long time with little loss of nutrients. Also, more ice cream for everyone! Today, the freezer section at your local grocery store can carry thousands of different items that range from fruits and vegetables, to ready-to-bake breads, to desserts, to portioned meals of every ethnic variety, prepared by actual chefs. And ice cream. Lots and lots of ice cream.
My good friends at Life of Dad are teaming up with Easy Home Meals, declaring March Frozen Food Month, and calling for a #FrozenChefMadness challenge. They want everyone to to see how creative they can be at using products from the freezer section to make a delicious snack this March.
Then they asked me if I thought either I or my readers had the chops to win it. How could I say no?
So, here’s my entry, inspired by a local shop that specializes in Bánh mì (Vietnamese sandwich) and Boba (also known as “bubble tea”).
Recipe coming soon! We had them for dinner tonight and they were a big hit. Rosina meatballs, spicy mayo, home pickled carrots and radish, cucumber, and fresh cilantro, on Alexia sweet potato rolls. The smoothie is made out of Dole dark sweet frozen cherries, with fresh squeezed lime juice, honey, and Greek yogurt.
Oh, you think you can do better?
Get your apron on and let’s see.
Please go to the Life of Dad / Easy Home Meals #FrozenChefMadness page for more information and the official rules, but here’s what do to do in a nutshell:
My, my, you are full of questions!
Easy Home Meals will choose the winners based on the following criteria:
What are you waiting for? Get to the freezer!