Which Raw Foods Can I Freeze?
Posted on January 21 2013 | (4) Comments
Category:Fan Questions, Answered!
Fan Question: Which raw foods can I freeze? Marinara Sauce? Soups? It would make it so much easier for a busy life like mine!
This is a great question! From a nutritional standpoint, fresh is usually better as fresh foods have more vitamins and enzymes, as well as better texture and flavor. But I’m the first person to agree that convenience has to be put first sometimes! And freezing results in a pretty minimal loss of nutrients, much less than cooking does. I’d much rather freeze some foods and have them on hand daily, then be a purist about fresh only and fall off the wagon because I don’t have time to make food and there’s nothing on hand! Here’s a summary of the raw foods that freeze best.
Raw Nuts and Seeds
Raw nuts and seeds, such as walnuts and flax seeds, are actually best preserved by freezing. If you’re not going to use them within a month, freeze them in glass jars. They will keep for up to 6 months frozen.
The easiest fruit to freeze are bananas. Make sure you peel them first, then put them on a cookie sheet, and freeze for 2 hours, until partially frozen. Then put them in resealable plastic bags—they’ll keep for 1 month. You can also freeze your own berries the same way when they’re in season.
Patés are dips made from soaked nuts and seeds and other seasonings. My all-time favorite is Not Tuna Paté. They freeze perfectly because they are low water content (mostly nuts/seeds and not much fresh produce). You can freeze patés for 2 weeks.
Sauces and Dressings
Sauces and Dressings that contain fat, such as Mock Sour Cream and Chive Dip, and Mock Peanut Sauce, freeze very well for 2 weeks. Sauces with more vegetable content, such as Marinara Sauce change texture and flavor a little more when frozen. But it will still work! Give it a try.
Raw Desserts made with mostly nuts and seeds or avocados and sweeteners also freeze perfectly. My Flourless Chocolate Cake keeps frozen for 3 months. Same goes for Chocolate Candy Cups. On the other hand, desserts that contain fresh fruit don’t freeze so well. And of course raw ice creams such as Brazil Nut Vanilla Ice Cream freezes great—for up to 2 weeks.
Green Juices, Smoothies, and Soups
Believe it or not, these can all be frozen! Yes, they aren’t quite as nutritious or tasty as when fresh, but they’re still pretty good.
Green juices freeze well. I often make a large batch of green juice and freeze it individual glass jars. Make sure you leave 2 inches of space at the tops of the jars, since liquids expand when frozen.
Green Smoothies can also be frozen the same way! Any green smoothie can be frozen, but I prefer freezing smoothies that don’t have a lot of bananas or blueberries in them (a little is OK), since these fruits tend to gel as they sit. But you could totally freeze a smoothie made from apples, frozen mangoes, and greens, for example.
Green Soups can also be frozen—just again, make sure you leave 2 inches of space at the tops of the jars.
Let me know other questions you have about freezing raw foods, as well as sharing with us which dishes you’ve tried freezing and how it worked out. Happy freezing!