The countdown to vacation is on, but what about all the perishables in the fridge? Rather than let it go to waste, try these tricks for prepping and freezing produce, dairy, and even eggs.
Bananas aren't the longest-lasting fruit in the bowl, but that's okay. You can put them in the fridge to help them last about 5 days longer. You can also use them to bake banana bread or muffins, then freeze the baked goods for when you get back. No time for that? Just peel the bananas, freeze them in a freezer bag, and save the baking, smoothies, or snacks for when you get back.
Berries and other ripe fruit might not make it if you'll be gone longer than 3 or 4 days. Not to worry. You can quickly blend the fruit and freeze the puree in an ice cube tray. Once frozen, store the cubes in a freezer bag until you're ready to make smoothies or sauces.
Greens & Herbs
Leafy greens and herbs such as spinach, arugula, and basil will definitely wilt without you around. Rescue them by turning them into a flavor-packed pesto.
If your milk is going to expire while you're gone, make and freeze pudding before you leave—4-ounce mason jars are great for freezing individually-portioned puddings.
Like milk, yogurt can also be used to make delicious and freezable treats. Use whatever flavor or type of yogurt you have to make these creamy frozen pops.
All the Veggies
Vegetables like potatoes, onions, and beets can last for months, but veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, bell peppers, and Brussel sprouts may not last a week. You can roast or grill a big batch of whatever veggies are hanging around in the fridge. Then freeze them for later. Reheated roasted or grilled veggies are great for adding to omelets, egg bakes, or soups.
Did you know you can freeze eggs? Just crack open the eggs into a bowl, whisk to blend, then pour the egg mixture into a freezer bag labeled with the date and amount of eggs in each. We recommend freezing 2 to 3 eggs per bag since most recipes call for this amount. To thaw, place the bag in the refrigerator overnight. Another option is to make egg cups or breakfast sandwiches and freeze those. You'll thank yourself for the meal prep when you get back from vacation.
Everything but the Kitchen Sink Recipes
What to make for dinner before leaving for vacation: Anything that uses up all the vulnerable veggies, cheeses, meats, and dairy that's hanging out in the fridge. Frittatas, soups, stir-fry, and pastas are all perfect for cleaning out the fridge. And remember, you can always freeze your leftovers.