Beginners guide to freezing veggies

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Putting leftovers in the freezer is the most common food storage method that everyone does at home. But have you ever frozen your fresh sweet sugar snap peas which turned out starchy and bitter after leaving in the freezer for a while? If yes, here are some tips and tricks that help keep your frozen fruits and vegetables fresh, for up to 10 months.

Unblanched freezing

This is the fastest and easiest way of freezing and suitable for fruits and vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, bananas, berries, corn on the cob, cabbage, celery, squash and green beans. Avoid fruits and vegetables with high water content such as beets, cucumber, salad leaves and melon.

Steps:

  1. wash, drain and cut the vegetables and fruits as desired.
  2. pack them in freezer or ziplock bags, expelling as much air as possible. Label with name of products and date.
  3. pop them in the freezer. 

Tips:  

  • sliced, diced or julienne vegetables are recommended. Leave berries whole for freezing.
  • the frozen fruits and vegetables should be used within four to six weeks. 

Water blanched freezing

This method is the most effective way to keep your frozen vegetables fresh and long lasting, up to eight to 10 months. Suitable for most of vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, beets, carrots and potatoes. Avoid fruits.

Steps:

  1. wash, drain and cut the vegetables as desired. 
  2. bring a large pot of water to boil. Then add the vegetables and bring to boil.
  3. soak the vegetables in ice bath to stop the cooking process. Drain and dry well.
  4. put the vegetables in containers or freezer bags. For freezer bags, expel as much air as possible to reduce freezer burn.
  5. pop them in the freezer.

 Tips: 

  • sliced, diced or julienne vegetables work best in this method. 
  • whole vegetables, such as carrots and beets do not freeze well by this method.

What is blanching?

  • Blanching is a part of the food storage preparation process to stop enzyme actions which can cause loss of flour, colour and texture.  It cleanses the surface of dirt and micro-organisms and helps prevent loss of vitamins.
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Last updated:24 October 2019
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