Which is smarter, a squirrel or a human? With the exception of many politicians, you’d have to say that humans are smarter. They certainly do a better job of crossing the street in most cases, although they’re not as good at tightrope walking.
But one area where squirrels have most humans beat, claws down, is in storing food for the winter. Squirrels know instinctively that food that’s available when the weather is warm will not necessarily be available when the cold sets in. So, they store a significant amount of food such as nuts in a wide variety of places and collect it when they need it.
As humans, we have pantries and freezers in one location, so our job is a lot easier. But many of us still don’t prepare for the lean times during the good times. What we need to do a whole lot more of is freezing vegetables and meats that we can eat at a later time, such as when an emergency occurs.
This article ,“Cook Now Eat Later: 28 Items You Didn’t Know You Could Freeze.” is a great read because the writer gets right to the point and gives you all sorts of good ideas about stuff we can stick in the freezer that we would probably never think to freeze. They are:
- Homemade Pancakes, Waffles, French Toast
- Flour and Other Grains
- Mashed Potatoes
- Cookie Dough
- Soups and Chili
- Broth and Stock
- Potato Chips, Crackers and Pretzels
- Bread, Baked Goods
- Buttercream Frosting
- Tomato Paste
- Diced vegetables
- Homemade and Store-Bought Dough
- Shredded Chicken
- Lemon/Lime Juice and Zest
- Marinated Meat
Have you ever frozen any of those 28 items? What are some other foods that you’ve frozen that are not listed in the article? Did they all taste as good as you expected after you thawed them, or did you learn that freezing a particular item was not the best idea? Please chime in with your thoughts.