More To Chew On: What's In Michael's Freezer?

  • By The Chew Crew
Whether they’ll admit to it or not Americans love frozen foods, and why not?  The freezer can be an invaluable tool in the kitchen. Everything from vegetable scraps to leftover broth can be stored and used in another delicious way later. Michael shared some of his favorite frozen food tips.  Check them out.
 
Vegetable Scraps
 
Don’t throw out the scraps from your veggies when you’re cooking. Freeze the scraps and skins and use later to make a delicious vegetable stock.
 
Pan Drippings
 
Pan drippings from your roasts and meats dishes can be saved in the freezer to add flavor to your next dish.  Simply save the drippings from the pan in a freezer safe container and use when needed.
 
Citrus Peels
 
When you peel an orange or squeeze fresh lemon juice don’t throw out the rinds.  Store them in the freezer and the next time you need zest you’ll already be covered.
 
Bread and Cracker Crumbs
 
If you’ve got boxes and cracker crumbs and a kid who doesn’t like crusts, don’t throw them away.  Save the heels of bread, crust and crumbs in the freezer.
When you’ve got a good amount you can pulse in a food processor and make breadcrumbs.
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