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.