Freezing Vegetables

The best part about planting your own vegetable garden is that you can put plenty of fresh veggies in the freezer for the winter months.  A crucial step in freezing fresh vegetables is blanching (putting in boiling water for a short time) before freezing.  This stops enzymes from breaking down the food in the freezer.

  • In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil.
  • Put fresh vegetables in the boiling water for 2 – 5 minutes until they are still a bit crispy.
  • Drain vegetables and immediately put in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking.
  • Place into freezer bags or containers and store for 6+ months.

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