Monday, August 19, 2013

Freezing Our Veggies

As I have mentioned before, we freeze or can a lot of our produce from our garden. It's just the smart thing to do, putting away food for the winter and using vegetables that we know the source and trust. Plus, it's much cheaper to grow your own beans and freeze them than buying fresh all year round. I guess I could buy frozen ones but they just don't taste as good.

And so I freeze things. More specifically, I freeze beans. Not all vegetables freeze well but I really don't mind the taste of thawed beans during the winter months. Maybe it's because I grew up on them and am used to the softer texture.

Freezing beans is super easy and fast and I'm here to tell you how to do it. I usually save up two or three pickings worth so that I can get more done at once. To do this, I just put all the beans in a bag in the fridge until I have enough to freeze. Then I take them out, take off the ends and chop them into 1-inch pieces.

Next steps, bring a pot of water to a boil, throw in a handful or two of beans and then wait for it to come back to a rolling boil. Once it is, set the timer for 3 minutes. This blanches them so that they are mostly cooked and will basically just need reheating once removed from the freezer.

Once they are blanched, you need to cool them in cold water immediately.

And then put them in portion sized baggies! I use old milk bags because they're free and are nice and thick.  But you Americans would need to use Ziploc bags or something, since you don't get milk bags. :P

Once you have bagged all your beans, you put a twist tie on each bag and then throw them in the freezer for future use!

Something new I tried this year is freezing our jalapeno peppers. We had one plant and it went crazy producing peppers! Since we can't use them all up right away, we have given freezing a try. According to Google, you can either freeze them whole or chop them up first.

We opted for freezing them whole. So I washed them, dried them and then popped them into two freezer bags.

Then I threw them into the freezer and we will have to wait and see how they work this winter!

That ends my post on freezing veggies for today, but I'm sure I'll be back at a later point with different vegetables. Do you freeze veggies or fruit in the summer to use during the winter? Or do you buy fresh or frozen from the grocery store? Do you think I'm crazy?

2 comments:

  1. Freezing beans reminds me of mom :) You took some nice pictures here.

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  2. Jackie - Sometimes a lot of what I do reminds me of mom. :)

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