IDEA: Neighborhood Flash Freezer

We all know that putting food in the freezer will make it last longer.. and destroy the flavor and texture in the process. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a way to minimize the damage? Obviously there is, since the frozen food industry couldn't survive without it. The process of flash freezing uses cryogenic temperatures to freeze food almost instantly. The quick freezing prevents cellular damage to the food, keeping it preserved much better than a home freezer.

I think it'd be neat to see someone try to commercialize this as a service to normal consumers. Someone could bring their food to a rather small local facility where, for a reasonable fee, it would be flash frozen and ready to go in a matter of minutes.

This would probably only appeal at first to those that freeze large amounts of food, but it's possible that it could catch on. Maybe. I know that I'd like to have a bunch of frozen, ready-to-go meals in my freezer that didn't taste horrible and didn't have 500% of my daily requirement of salt.

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IDEA: Cook-Off

Organize a local, weekly or bi-weekly, cook-off.

  • All contestants must supply their own ingredients
  • Dishes will be judged by yourself, past winners, and maybe some hungry friends
  • The winner's recipe will be published on the web along with a short cheesy bio
  • The winner chooses the next competition's theme
  • At the end of the year, all the recipes will be compiled into a cookbook along with photos and stuff from the competition

Free food and profits from a recipe book that other people wrote for you. Plus the whole community building thing which is always good – as long as some good comes out of it, it's not an evil plan.