Cook and freeze now to avoid holiday stress

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One way to prevent holiday stress is to prepare some of the food ahead of time and freeze it. From casseroles to cookies you can have a large portion of your holiday food prepared before the actual day arrives.

“Some things freeze better than others,” said Tammy Roberts, nutrition and health education specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “Things that may not have the quality you would be proud to serve include meringue, cream or custard pie fillings, mayonnaise, sour cream, and vegetables you would use for a salad such as lettuce, cucumbers, radishes and celery.”

Roberts said that uncooked potatoes and cooked pasta don’t often freeze well on their own but you can get great results with these foods in a casserole.

Roberts offered the following tips for quality home-frozen foods…

Find tips for freezing and re-heating foods in the full version of this article at http://missourifamilies.org/features/nutritionarticles/nut442.htm

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