We get a regular vegetable box delivered. The cost and value is amazing but sometimes we struggle to eat it all while still at its best. Not wanting to waste it I started to prepare and freeze some so that it would keep. Plus I’d also have something in the freezer for days when I didn’t feel like chopping and peeling veg from scratch.
There’s a couple of things you need to know about freezing your own fresh veg. Firstly, you can’t just chop it into pieces and freeze it. It has to be blanched for a couple of minutes. This kills the enzyme that decays vegetables. The enzymes can survive in freezing temperatures so by blanching you are extending the storage life of your frozen veg. Following these extra steps will ensure you have frozen veg that looks and tastes great like you had bought a bag from the shop.
How to Freeze Your Own Veg
- Chop and wash your chosen veg. I have frozen carrots, swede, parsnips, cauliflower broccoli and white cabbage.
2. Prepare a large pan of boiling water and a large pan of ice cold water. Take your chosen veg and chop or dice however you prefer it. Then put it into the boiling water and let it blanche for 2 minutes
3. After two minutes take the veg out of the boiling water and plunge straight into the cold water. This is very important as it stops the veg from continuing to cook. It also shocks the veg and helps it to keep it’s firm texture and bright colour.
I use a slotted spoon to remove the veg and put into the cold water. That way I can continue to use the boiling water for several different veggies saving on water and energy.
4. Once the veg has cooled, drain the veg and dry it off with towel or kitchen paper.
5. Put a piece of greaseproof paper on top of a freezer proof plate or container large enough to accommodate your veg into a single layer.
6. Place in the freezer uncovered until frozen. This ensures that the veg will not all clump together when you bag it up to store later on.
7. Once the veg has frozen you can then put it into freezer bags. Make sure all the air is removed and tie a knot in it. It will keep in a fridge freezer for around 3 months and a chest freezer for around 6 months.
Why not buy up some veg at the end of the day when it is likely to be sold off cheaper on the reduced section. That way you can prepare, freeze and have plenty of vegetables on hand in the freezer at a fraction of the cost.
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Sara x ☕️