The only things in my freezer are ice, frozen berries, puff pastry, and vodka. There was a time when my freezer was full of tupperware, but I never ended up eating anything I froze, so I stopped. Although I make soups and casseroles, I prefer to eat the leftovers rather than freeze them for a later date. How about you?
There has been much buzz about the chemicals in plastic water bottles. I've heard that freezing a disposable water bottle can be bad for you.
If you're worried about chemicals like dioxins seeping out of the plastic and corrupting your water, have NO fear. This is just an urban legend, a bad rumor, and not at all true.
Actually, freezing your water bottle will work against the releasing of chemicals, which do not diffuse very well in cold temperatures, like in your freezer.
Another fact to set your mind at ease: Most plastic water bottles, and microwave containers do NOT contain the chemicals that form dioxins. Also, in order to form dioxins, those chemicals need to be at extremely high temperatures (above 700 degrees).
Still not convinced? The FDA said "With regard to dioxins, we have seen no evidence that plastic containers or films contain dioxins and know of no reason why they would.”
So freeze and microwave your little heart out. The only thing I'd worry about is using that disposable water bottle over and over again - there's no way to clean it or get rid of bacteria.
As you may know, winter is the season for citrus. Unfortunately, winter is also the season for big chills, winter storms and cold fronts. The severe weather that we in California are experiencing is expected to highly impact the fresh produce industry. In fact, over 70 percent of this season's citrus crop was ruined, which could lead to a total loss of over $1 billion. Other crops, such as lettuce, avocados, artichokes, strawberries and broccoli were also hit and will be in short supply.
So what's this mean for you? It means that you better get prepared for a shock at the supermarket. Wholesale prices for oranges have already tripled and artichokes have doubled.
Mike Kaprielian, produce buyer at Cal-Mart Supermarket in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood, said lettuce has started to edge up, and he expects more price rises.
"Last week I paid $17 for a box of leaf lettuce. Now that same box is up to $24," he said. "It probably will continue going up because the product they're picking now is what was out in the field" during the freezes.
"The additional cost I have to pay will be passed on to the customer," Kaprielian said. "That's just part of doing business."
However, on the bright side, stone fruits (like plums and cherries) actually enjoy a good cold snap. So maybe you could start with a glass of cherry juice in the morning instead?!
Recently California suffered when temps (remember we are talking about California here) dipped to around 30 degrees killing a good amount of the bountiful citrus crops.
So even though we are facing a minor citrus shortage, it is still recommended that you get at least 75-90 mg per day of vitamin c. In light of all this, you can still get your oranges from Florida, but there are lots of other foods high in vitamin c that you may also want to consider such as:
- Papaya: 313.1 mg in one
- Bell peppers: 174.80 mg in one cup
- Broccoli: 205.7 mg in one cup
- Brussel sprouts: 161.2 mg in one cup
- Strawberries: 136.1 mg in one cup
- Cantaloupe: 112.5 mg in one cup
- Kiwi (the fruit, not the bird): 95 mg in one
- Cauliflower: 91.5 mg in one cup
- Kale: 88.8 mg in one cup
Fit's Tip: It is recommended that adults don't consume above 2,000 milligrams in one day.
So you've eaten grapes before. Red ones. Green ones. And even bluish blackish ones. With seeds and without. You've got it covered. But have you ever tried freezing them?
For a fun snack: Stick clean and dried grapes (you choose the color) in a snack size Ziploc baggie and put them in the freezer. After a couple of hours in they'll be ready for snacking.
Why we like it: Frozen grapes satisfy the sweet tooth with no added sugar. YUM.