Handy Storage Tips from Abel and Cole

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Abel & Cole give us the low down on fridges and freezers and what goes where.

To blanch

  • Not a letter to a Tennessee Williams character, but the most useful method for freezing veg. Plunge your veg into boiling water for a minute or two, then douse with cold water if freezing.

Brassicas

  • Brassicas should go in the fridge.
  • If you don’t have space, cabbage is ok at cool room temp. You may just need to peel off the outer leaves before cooking.
  • The best way to preserve green and white cabbage is to sauerkraut or pickle.
  • Red cabbage freezes very well after braising.
  • Blanch broccoli and cauli for a few secs before freezing. Defost fully before cooking.

Potatoes and roots

  • Potatoes need a cold dark place. So do roots (the fridge, in most cases).
  • Cooked spuds and roots freeze very well, especially if mashed or roasted first.

Lettuces and leaves

  • Keep these guys in the fridge, and out of plastic.
  • They really don’t like freezers (unless they’ve been cooked into a quiche or something similar).
  • Spinach is the only exception. Wilt it down, squeeze out excess water and freeze an an ice cube tray. When defrosted, it’s perfect for pizza toppings or quiche.

Tomatoes

  • Keep tomatoes in the fridge, especially in warm weather. But warm to room temperature before eating them. They’ll taste much better – especially if they sit on a sunny windowsill for a bit.
  • Tomatoes are great to freeze. Just pop them in a lidded tub. Ex-frozen tomatoes are especially good in stews and sauces.

Aubergine, courgettes and red peppers

  • Keep all of these in the fridge.
  • To freeze aubergines turn them into a dip like baba ganoush first.
  • Raw courgettes freeze well if grated first.
  • Peppers freeze best when roasted whole till tender and blackened. Tear them into ribbons, scrape out the seeds and remove the loose skin. Freeze and use on pizza or in a pasta sauce.

Asparagus and Summer beans

  • Keep asparagus and beans in the fridge.
  • Roast, steam or blanch asparagus before freezing.
  • Blanch beans for a few mins before freezing.

Apples and pears

  • These kids are happy in a fruit bowl and in the fridge. To freeze, dice or slice and toss with lemon juice or compote first.

Stone fruit

  • Wait till they (peach, plums, nectarines, apricots, cherries) ripen, then refrigerate.
  • To freeze, cut into segments and toss in lemon juice (to stop them discolouring).
  • Once defrosted, use in crumbles, pies or compote.
  • Frozen mango tastes like sorbet. Cut into strips, freeze and eat on a hot day.

Berries, currants and rhubarb too

  • Keep these in the fridge. They freeze beautifully. Put raw whole fruits (chop rhubarb) on a tray with space between them. Freeze. Then tip into a container or freezer bag and put them back in the freezer. Perfect for baking, jamming or compoting on a rainy day.

Bananas

  • Keep these guys away from the fridge. However, if they’re ripe, they’re perfect for freezing. Peel and freeze whole, or cut into pieces.

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