We’ve all been there. The recipe asks for a few spinach leaves - but you can only find enormous bags. You need a couple of chicken breasts for your casserole - but you’re not sure what to do with the rest of the pack.
The solution - a frozen swaption!
Buying frozen instead of fresh can otherwise be known as a frozen swaption! It means being able to use as much or as little as you like without the rest of the pack going past its best. It can also help you save money – bulk frozen packs are often cheaper than fresh, without compromising on quality, taste or nutrition!
Here are some of our favourite foods to buy frozen:
Veggies are some of the most versatile ingredients around, however, sometimes we can struggle to get through everything while it’s still fresh. In fact, the main reason why mushrooms, onions, cabbage and other root veggies (not potatoes) are wasted is because they weren’t used in time.
Swapping fresh for frozen is a great alternative and it can even save you time with most frozen veggies coming pre-prepared. So next time you’re shopping for veggies try choosing a frozen bag instead. If you like a lot of variety, you can buy bags of mixed veg for the freezer, so you can grab a handful when you’re ready to cook.
Why not try frozen sliced peppers in your next stir-fry? Bags of frozen spinach normally come in perfect portion sizes so you can pick out a frozen bundle at a time to throw in the pot or pan – a really quick and easy swaption!
Other veggies you can commonly find in the frozen aisle include:
- Broccoli and cauliflower
- Chopped onions
- Sliced peppers
- Sweet potato fries
- Roasted Mediterranean vegetables
- And, of course, … peas!
For those of us who have meat in our diets, this can be the main event in a meal! However, you might be surprised to hear that 300,000 tonnes of meat, poultry and fish are wasted in UK homes every year!
Pork and poultry products feature in the top 10 most wasted foods in UK homes. However, both of these can be bought frozen and can often be cost effective as well. For the best way to defrost, just follow the instructions on the packaging. Sausages? Burger patties? Chicken wings? Mince? All available in the frozen aisle!
Sometimes you just fancy a couple of berries. Need to jazz up a slice of cake? Berries! Want to make your glass of bubbles extra indulgent? Berries! Emergency ice cream topping? Berries!
Whether you want a bag of mixed fruit or a huge pack of your favourite, this is a great way to avoid waste. And if you’ve got absolutely loads to use, you can blend them up into a delicious and nutritious smoothie! There are even ready-made frozen smoothie mixes to save you time and effort.
Desserts and pastries
There’s more to frozen pudding than ice cream.
From cheesecakes to meringues, there are plenty of frozen puds that can be saved ready for an emergency celebration or unexpected guests!
This is also a good option for pastries – we waste £47million of morning goods, including croissants, a year. However, if you buy frozen croissants, buns, and tarts then when you get a craving for a continental breakfast every now and then, you’re not going to risk wasting any you don’t get through!
Next time you’re jotting down your shopping list, have a think about whether you can try a frozen swaption. Delicious, economical, and great for reducing waste – what’s not to love?