Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AMERICAN: From Cook Smart Kitchen: Frozen ice cubes: herbs, chicken broth, etc. All to make your food prep faster and tastier.

Don't ditch those last dabs 

and dribbles! They're culinary gold after a spell in the deep freeze!

Chopped onions
Save the day when dinner needs to get on the table fast. Simply freeze chopped  onions in water before cooking. Thaw, drain and stir into just about  anything.

Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce 
Thaw, then puree or chop and toss a cube
or two into chili,salsa and marinades for a hint of smoky heat.

3-4 frozen cubes into juice to make dynamite smoothies.
Or  insert a toothpick into each cube when it's partially
frozen,and you'll have mini frozen pops in no time.


Lemon and lime juice
Freeze  leftover fresh juice so it's ready 
when you need a touch of tart.



Ice cubes made from water always dilute
pitchers of iced tea as they melt.Use frozen tea cubes instead.Or try them in lemonade and juices for a new layer of flavor.


Tomato paste
Pop leftovers in the freezer
so you'll  always have that ounce or  two you need for a savory sauce.


Speed up prep time of pasta crostini
and other delights.Simply thaw the cubes in the refrigerator first.



Pureed butternut squash
Stir it into soups, stews and sauces simmering
on the stove to enhance nutrition,flavor and texture.


Chopped herbs
Savor their fresh flavors all year long.
Freeze herbs in water (to make them       easy to remove), then thaw and drain before using all year long.Freeze herbs in water 
(to make them easy to remove),then thaw and drain before using.


Chicken broth
Avoid last-minute dashes to the store by keeping this kitchen essential on hand in the freezer.


Add a few to smoothies,or thaw and sprinkle on yogurt for a quick,healthful breakfast.


Brew up a full-flavored iced coffee drink,or add a kick to desserts, gravy and more.

Punch up a meal by putting a cube or two in any number of sauces.

Tomato juice (or V-8 or Bloody Mary Mix)
Keep these on hand for chili,stew and so much more  - including Bloody Marys.

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