Freezing your home grown garden vegetables is easy. Time to put that freshly picked vegetables into the cold by following this step-by-step freezing tutorial down below.
Pick Veggies That You Need to Freeze
- There are veggies that are great for freezing, and there are others that aren’t. Veggies such as carrots, green peppers, onions, green beans, and peas should definitely belong to your freezer. If you want to freeze tomatoes and zucchini, shred them first and skip the blanching process before putting them inside to freeze.
Learn how to blanch
- Blanching is an easy process that doesn’t take much time than you thought it would be. It’s as easy as placing your vegetables in boiling water for a few minutes and placing them in ice cold water after that. A pot with an immersible metal basket is best used for this process.
Use the Right Kind of Freezer to Store Your Vegetables
- If you want to store your veggies for a long time, then a deep freezer or a zero-degree freezer would do the trick. This will keep your veggies frozen to make them last up to a year. You’ll be greeted with fresh and delicious tasting veggies once you’re done freezing them using this kind of freezer.
Wash Them Thoroughly
- It’s important to wash your veggies thoroughly before putting them into the cold. If you didn’t use any pesticides in your garden, then no need to use vegetable soap while washing them. A good and hard rinse will do the trick.
Trim the Ends or Chop Where Needed
- If you have any plans where to use your vegetable for cooking, chop them into any size that you like. For example, you can chop your carrots into thin slices if you’re planning to do some soup later on.
Blanch When Needed
- We mentioned earlier how to blanch, and if your cookbook instructs you to do so, then do it. If not, then you might be reading the wrong cookbook. Get another one!
Dry the Veggies by Patting
- Use a kitchen towel to dry the veggies. Dry veggies are easily sealable which will prevent instances like freeze burn.
Seal Them Using a Freezer Bag
- And remove air as much as possible. You can use a food saver vacuum system for easy air release and tight sealing. If you don’t have one, place your veggies inside a freezer bag that’s appropriate for their size.
Place Them Inside the Freezer
- Now that you’re done sealing them, it’s time to put them inside the freezer for storage.
- And that’s all to it. Pretty easy right?