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Cool preservation ideas

Keep eating fresh, even after the chill of winter hits

One of the simplest tools when it comes to preserving is standard in most kitchens: the freezer. Everything you need to make these freezer preserves that doesn’t come from your garden can be found at First Alternative.

Frozen pesto, cubed: Save some fresh, summery flavor with pesto cubes. Make a simple pesto by blending fresh basil leaves, sunflower seeds, garlic, sea salt, and olive oil in a blender or food processor. Distribute the pesto into ice cube trays to freeze. Once fully frozen, pop out the cubes and store in a freezer bag. They’re great for use in pizza, pasta, or for spreading on toast. Just thaw and add a little extra olive oil and some shaved Parmesan.

Icy hot add-ins: Hot peppers are the ultimate easy-freeze option. Simply freeze whole peppers in freezer bags once they’ve been washed and dried. The oils in the hot pepper mean they won’t freeze as solidly as other veggies. Then, when you want to add some heat to your winter meal, just grab a pepper out of the freezer and start chopping.


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Come to First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op for all of your grocery needs. It’s the natural choice.

Jasmin Woodside of First Alternative Co-op and her children.


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