Happy National Frozen Food Day!
Believe it or not, today is a holiday! Wait… what holiday? Today is National Frozen Food day! Yes, it is a real thing. On March 6, 1984, Ronald Reagan proclaimed the day as Frozen Food Day.
The first TV Dinner was created by C.A. Swanson & Sons in 1953. TV Dinners were revolutionary for the time. They are individual meals; for the first time, people could eat on their own instead of gathering around a table with their family. These frozen, packaged meals usually contain meat, a vegetable, and a dessert.
Today, frozen food has been improved in nutrition and taste. A lot of people prepare and freeze their own food, and there are a lot of options for packaged frozen food now. Why is freezing your food so smart? Freezing food allows for slowing decomposition and stopping bacterial growth: which is why you can keep frozen food good for so long. You don’t have to worry much about the food going bad and making it is quick and easy. After you prepare the food and pop it in the freezer, all you have to do is heat it up. There are nutritional options that won’t take a lot of time out of your day to make.
In college, it can be hard to maintain a healthy diet due to the amount of free time you have. However, freezing food is a good solution to this problem, especially if you don’t have a meal plan or don’t have time to get to Gracie’s. A lot of frozen meals are available in the on campus markets. Additionally, you can take the RIT Retail Bus to Wegmans to stock up on different options.
We’ve asked different students here at RIT what their best hacks are for frozen food, and even tried a couple of them out for ourselves:
Freeze Your Bread
This hack is my personal favorite. Putting your loaf of sandwich bread in the freezer prevents it from getting stale. Instead of rushing to use your bread in time, you can take as long as you want to use the loaf when you’re ready.
Prepare Individual Bags of Fruit
Trying to eat healthy? Here is a perfect and tasty option. Prepare ingredients for a smoothie: wash, cut, and portion and fruits or veggies you want to include. Put them in a bag together, but only include enough for one smoothie. Then each morning, take a Ziploc bag and dump it into your blender: a tasty, healthy smoothie each morning ready in no time.
Freeze Your Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day: you shouldn’t settle on what you eat. A big key to great frozen food is to prepare ahead of time. Then, when you’re in a rush in the morning, it’s almost ready to go. Two delicious options for breakfast are preparing an egg sandwich or a breakfast burrito, wrapping them up individually and putting them in the freezer. All it takes in the morning is a microwave to heat it up and get going.
Marinate Your Chicken
Buy a piece of chicken from the store, and wash it. Marinate the chicken with any sauce or flavors you like- even take time to bread it. Store it in a plastic container and then when you’re ready, heat it up in the microwave. The chicken will be flavorful and delicious.
Freeze Your Yogurt
Everyone loves froyo. Why not make it yourself? Stick your yogurt cups in the freezer and when it’s time for desert, it’s ready to eat. Don’t forget to top it off with some chocolate chips, fruit, and whip cream!
Freezing Your Coffee Grounds
Freezing your bags of coffee leaves grounds fresh. Don’t suffer the quality of your taste of coffee just because you can’t make a trip to the store. Pop your coffee grounds in the fridge or freezer and enjoy delicious coffee until the bag is empty.
Freeze Leftover Brewed Coffee
Got some coffee left in the pot? Don’t dump it out. Make some coffee ice cubes! Fill an ice cube tray up with your leftover coffee and next time you need to cool down your drink, it won’t get watered down.
Make a Meal out of Packaged Frozen Food
Got a bag of frozen chicken tenders? Got Eggo waffles? These two ingredients can allow you to make a delicious classic southern meal. Heat these up and enjoy a cheap, but tasty version of chicken waffles. Don’t forget the syrup.
Which is your favorite new frozen food hack? Do you have any frozen food hacks that we didn’t catch? Let us know in the comments on Facebook! Happy #NationalFrozenFoodDay Tigers!