Christmas time is the season to take advantage of all the citrus that’s on sale (lemons, limes, and oranges especially). Grate the rinds several of each fruit, spread in thin layers on pie plates. Freeze 30 min. or so, then bag each variety separately and store in freezer. They’ll stay fresh for several months, and with this approach, you’ll always have plenty of zest for your sauces and muffin recipes.
Buy cheese in bulk, especially when it’s on sale, and grate it. Lay out on a cookie sheet, freeze for 30 min. or so, then store in zippered plastic bags in the freezer. This is MUCH less expensive than the pre-grated packages.
Peel and boil until ALMOST cooked through, a 5 lb bag of potatoes (Russerts are perfect for this). Drain and let cool. Then grate them up, spread them on cookie sheets and freeze for 30 min. or so. Store in zippered plastic bags in the freezer. Now you have your own HEALTHY hashbrowns, minus the chemicals and cost!
Grate or finely chop several onions at once. Spread on a cookie sheet and freeze for 30 min. or so. Store in zippered plastic bag in the freezer. What’s nicer than having your onions already prepared for a recipe? (Alternative idea: Place two or three quartered onions in a blender with water, pulse until chopped. Drain water, saving it for soup. THEN place onions on cookie sheet and proceed as above.)
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