You want me to freeze my potato chips? Seriously?

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:

  1. Cheese
  2. Homemade Pancakes, Waffles, French Toast
  3. Fruit
  4. Rice
  5. Pies
  6. Corn
  7. Pasta
  8. Flour and Other Grains
  9. Pesto
  10. Mashed Potatoes
  11. Cookie Dough
  12. Soups and Chili
  13. Broth and Stock
  14. Potato Chips, Crackers and Pretzels
  15. Milk
  16. Juice
  17. Bread, Baked Goods
  18. Buttercream Frosting
  19. Tomato Paste
  20. Diced vegetables
  21. Homemade and Store-Bought Dough
  22. Eggs
  23. Shredded Chicken
  24. Lemon/Lime Juice and Zest
  25. Herbs
  26. Marinated Meat
  27. Casseroles
  28. Hamburger

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.

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