Cold wine in a hurry
So you’ve forgotten to put some wine in the fridge to cool and you’re guests are just about to arrive. Here’s a wine saving hack to get you out of trouble. Dampen a tea towel or kitchen towel and wrap around the bottle. Place in the freezer for 15 mins and hey presto – chilled wine. The wet material of the tea towel or tissue freezes quickly and conducts the coldness of the air in the freezer to the bottle.
Dampen a tea towel or kitchen towel and wrap around the bottle. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Freeze bottles of water or juice to take on long car journeys or trips to the beach or park. They'll defrost on the way and you'll have a refreshing, cool drink later in the day.
Bulk beer chilling
You know the feeling. You’re having a party and the fridge is stacked with food, wine and beer. You get the first 6 bottles of beer nice and cold but then for the rest of the evening everyone drinks warm beer. Yuk. Here’s a tip. Take the box of beer bottles/cans and put them in the freezer for 30 minutes. No more than 30 minutes as they will pop if you forget. Set a timer on your phone to remind you. 30 minutes in the freezer brings down the temperature and gives everyone cold beer all night.
Take the box of beer/cans and put them in the freezer for 30mins.
Leafy herbs freeze really well in zip top bags. Wash, crop and freeze leafy herbs (basil, parsley, sage, coriander) in a thin layer in a zip top bag. Freeze thyme on it's stem, no chopping required. Whizz herbs into a paste and freeze in ice cube trays, perfect for sauces and stocks and blend others with oils and freeze in ice cube trays for cooking with later.
A little OCD
This one’s for all you OCD lovers out there. Get down to your local stationary store and buy some ZIP LOCK envelopes. Yes we said ZIP LOCK envelopes. They are a great way to stack and store all your home cooked frozen veg, soup, stock, pretty much everything. And it looks soooo neat.
Zip lock envelopes make a great way to stack and store all your home cooked frozen veg, soup and stock.
You know when you open a tub of ice cream and go back a few days later (sometimes hours later for me) and it has large ice crystals on top – that’s call freezer burn. It’s not very pleasant. So get a little cling film and stick it onto the surface of the ice cream before you put it away and your mint chocolate double chip will stay silky smooth.
For a growing family
Norfrost loves healthy. We wanted to share this busy mum’s yummy time saving tip with you. I don’t get much time to cook so I spend 1 day a month preparing all my kid’s fruit & veg purées. So much better and cheaper than shop bought. I just pop them in my Norfrost for when I need them.