With the hope that I will make a home-cooked meal every single night – a laughable aspiration, if I do say so myself – I buy a lot of fresh vegetables. However, with only two of us at home, I inevitably end up wasting some. Flash-freezing is a wonderful way to save excess produce from the trash – plus, the method makes weeknight meals a breeze because I can portion out the vegetables and use what I need when I need it.

Julia Calleo is a freelance photographer for editorial magazines including Feast. She is also a food and prop stylist at a commercial production studio and blogger in St. Louis.