This simple food preservation trick will save you time and money and make you feel like the organized kitchen diva you are! We've all been there...you make a dish whose ingredients call for 1 tablespoon tomato paste or include 1 chipotle chili and 1 tablespoon adobo sauce...but what do you do with the leftover can of chipotle chilis and sauce? Place it in an airtight container in the fridge and try to figure out how to make eight other dishes that include 1 chipotle chili in the next 7-10 days before it goes bad? I don't think so...we've got a better solution for you!
It's pretty simple. Just pull out a clean, empty ice cube tray and place 1 chipotle chili and 1 tablespoons adobo sauce in each ice cube slot, filling it almost all the way full. You add a splash of water or olive oil as well to give yourself more sauce to freeze if needed. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and freeze overnight. Then remove the frozen cubes from the tray and place in a freezer safe container or zip lock bag for future use.
The next time you need 1 chipotle chili and 1 tablespoon adobo sauce for a recipe, grab a cube or two and place them in a bowl to defrost in the fridge the morning of your meal or a couple hours prior. This trick works great for any small amount of sauce like tomato paste, tomato sauce, or pesto.
You can also do this trick with fresh garden herbs - either the abundant amount coming out of your garden right now or the leftovers from store bought herbs. Each little package of store bought herbs can run you from $1.99 to $5.99 and you may only use 1/4 to 1/2 of what is contained in that packet, so this little trick will save you LOTS of money!
Just fill each ice cube slot 2/3 full of chopped or whole herb sprigs, then pour olive oil, grapeseed oil, melted coconut oil, or melted, organic grass-fed butter or organic ghee over the herbs, filling the cubes almost to the top. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight. Then pop them out the next morning and store in a freezer safe container or plastic bag. This works great for any herb that may use in a stir fry, sauce, soup, stew, or casserole in the future. You can just drop the frozen cube into the pot or pan when you are ready to cook your meal. Lastly, don't forget to label your cubes ingredients - they all kinda look similar once frozen:)
Check out our blog, Preserving Your Herbs, for a couple more tips and tricks for drying herbs. Happy preserving!
~Billie & Jen
Billie Shellist, FDN-P
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