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Preserving raw foods, two ways to make living the lifestyle CHEAP!


Robyn Openshaw - Sep 03, 2009 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links


If you’ve read my books, you know that I promote ways of making a whole-foods, high-raw, plant-based diet very affordable, especially the #1 and #2 highest-impact methods:

  1. Plant a garden and use everything in it (see Ch. 5 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods).
  2. Have a full-sized freezer in your garage and use it to stock greens from your garden, and fruits when they’re in season, against the winter.

Check out my garden, photo from yesterday–in this space, I have cucumber and squash plants in front, with kale and collards showing behind that.

garden photo

In my freezer, the top shelf shows gallon bags of quinoa, brown rice, and cashew pieces. Behind that, I have walnuts, sesame seeds, and pumpkin seeds.   Second shelf, lots of peaches that I’ve chopped in sandwich baggies for smoothies, greens, alfalfa/clover sprouting mix, almonds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and Costco mixed berries.

Robyns fridge

Third row down, lots of collards, chard, turnip and beet greens, amaranth, kale, and a little squash and strawberry leaves, plus edible greens I didn’t plant, like milkweed and morning glory. These are all frozen for wintertime green smoothies.

Fourth row, frozen strawberries for Hot Pink Smoothie and bread for kids’ lunches.   In the door are jars of tomatoes–I don’t blanch them, just blend till chunky and freeze, for later use in soups and salsas.   Digestive enzymes on the top row, which I keep in my purse for any time I eat a meal that isn’t 60-80% raw.   Lots of baggies of peaches (chopped in eighths, anywhere I can find a nook or cranny).   I will be packing greens into QUART size bags, now, and utilizing all the extra space.   There’s still plenty of space in this freezer!

Someone left my freezer open a crack last weekend and lots of stuff defrosted.   So I threw everything in boxes and took it all into the grocery store near my house in a grocery cart.   Walked into their deep-freeze (which is utilized about 10%), unloaded my boxes, and went home to clean the freezer out after it defrosted.   Dragged my date back there that night (it was Saturday!) to haul it all back out and take it home and load it back into the freezer.   Just acted like I owned the place, past half a dozen employees, haha.   (Don’t try this at home without asking permission! I asked the owner once several years ago if I could use the freezer now and then for a day, and have taken that liberty a few times since then, when I defrost my freezer.)

Posted in: 12 Steps To Whole Food, Green Smoothies

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  1. I started juicing fresh green drinks when i got my Blendtec from your Website, and been having some problems of waste in either getting to many fresh greens, not getting to eat them quick enough, and not really knowing everything yet.. I clean them very well, usually when i get them, even if organic. Then put in gallon bags… Someone told me living things need air, so i stabbed holes in bags. I think they rotted faster in fridge faster that way. Then i saw one of your Utube videos that said you can just throw fridge veges in freezer when can’t get to eating them. Someone else told me not to wash them right away, roll in wet paper towels. This Last time i washed and dried and cut up enough chard, collard and kale, and put it in a food saver bag; looked so nice and fluffy, then of course the food saver brought it down to nothing. But they froze Hard and made smoothie cold .. A bigger question i have is that my greens and berries i froze and picked and just stored them in gallon bags tend to get all frosty, is that ok? And some of the Swiss Chard did not look good, after i froze it, i think it rotted . I am glad i read not to blanch greens. I just don’t want to continue wasting veges and money! Do you think i should just go to the store every couple days to hopefully have fresh greens (my main thing), or is buying a lot ok, and just freezing right away what i am not going to use.. Thank You! Sorry so LONG!

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Kathy, fresh is better, but if you have to freeze some food to prioritize your time (many people have little time), then do that!

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