How to Freeze Granola

 

Let’s stock the freezer and freeze granola for future breakfasts!
How to Freeze Granola // Savvy Eats

Welcome to 2015! I’ve spent most of the past two weeks celebrating the season with my family and high school friends who came home for the holidays, unpacking the most important parts of our house (kitchen tools, clothes, office essentials and of course, board games) and getting back into my cooking groove.

Now that we’re feeling a little more settled in our new space, I’m ready to dive back into work. Since Baby G’s due date is in nine short weeks (WHAT?), I’m going to spend much of the next few months focusing on food storage how-to posts and freezer-friendly recipes. I’ll still mix in a few preserves and recipes that use them, but because most of my cooking time is going towards stocking our chest freezer, you can expect to see a whole lot of freezing tips in the near future.

Let’s start with granola. Granola is so simple to make, and even easier to freeze. It doubles as a breakfast or a snack. It can be served with yogurt or milk, or if you’re really in a rush or only have one hand free, it can be eaten by the handful on-the-go.

Freezing Granola // Savvy Eats

I tested two things when looking into how to freeze granola:

1. Whether or not it was best to freeze it with or without the dried fruit.

2. If it was better to defrost the granola in the refrigerator or on the counter.

Here’s what I found:

HOW TO FREEZE GRANOLA

There is no need to leave out the dried fruit. Go ahead and mix it in as your recipe directs.

Allow the granola to cool completely, then pack it into glass jars or other airtight freezer-safe containers. Gently press down on the granola so that there aren’t large air pockets in the jar, which could lead to freezer burn. Leave about 1/4″ headspace at the top. Freeze. 

DEFROSTING INSTRUCTIONS

Set the jars on the counter overnight to defrost at room temperature. If you allow it to defrost in the refrigerator, it will take much longer and the dried fruit will be tougher.

Granolas pictured: Raisin nut granola and almond joy granola (via The Lemon Bowl).

P.S. Looking for more granola recipes? Check out my nutty granola and my apple spice granola.

20 Ways with Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey

20 Ways with Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey // SavvyEat.com

Happy day-after Thanksgiving everyone! I hope all my American readers had a great holiday (and that all the international Savvy Eaters had a great regular Thursday, as well). If you hosted, I’m guessing you have a ton of leftover turkey on your hands.  Or maybe your host sent you home with a big container of leftovers. Either way, you’re surely in need of some creative ways to use your leftovers, right?

Of course, I recommend freezing turkey so you aren’t on poultry-overload for the next week. Regardless of whether you’ll be working with fresh or frozen Thanksgiving turkey leftovers, here’s 20 ways you can put them to good use. My personal favorite is the breakfast casserole, but I can’t wait to try the enchilada melt, turkey and cranberry sauce salad and the breakfast pizza!

Cornbread Waffle Turkey Sandwiches with Cranberry Aioli via Created by Diane

Cranberry Basil Turkey Sandwich via The Lemon Bowl

Cran-Turkey Enchiladas via Very Culinary

Kentucky Hot Brown Grilled Cheese via Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Leftover Turkey and Cranberry Enchiladas via Cookie Monster Cooking

Leftover Turkey Pho via Cook the Story

Lemon Pepper Turkey Sandwiches via Simple Bites

Loaded Turkey Panini via Pinch of Yum

Mexican Turkey Breakfast Pizza via Taste and Tell

Open Faced Turkey Cranberry Enchilada Melt via Running to the Kitchen

Red Curry Ramen Noodle Soup with Turkey and Butternut Squash via Life Made Sweeter

Smoked Gouda and Turkey Quesadillas via The Housewife in Training Files

Thanksgiving Leftovers Breakfast Casserole

Turkey and Cranberry Sauce Salad via The Healthy Maven

Turkey Croquettes via An Edible Mosaic

Turkey Pot Pie Soup via Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Turkey Ranch Nachos via The View from Great Island

Turkey Tamale Pie via Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

Turkey Vegetable Hash via An Edible Mosaic

Waffled Cranberry Cream Cheese Turkey Sandwiches via Neighborfood

Are you swimming in Thanksgiving leftovers? How do you plan to use them?