March 3, 2015 – When there are so many fresh and colorful options to choose from, it can be hard not to overbuy! Lucky for you, there’s a way to keep produce fresh for months and it starts with your freezer. Before throwing your veggies in the ice box, follow these steps to ensure the utmost freshness.
Freezer Prep: Make sure your freezer is set to the coldest temperature and is not too full – a full freezer will slow the process. Who needs all those frozen pizzas when you have months of delicious and nutritious veggies anyway?
Produce Prep: Before freezing, blanch your vegetables briefly in boiling water. Let them sit for one minute, then remove and immediately submerge them in a bowl of ice water. Pat your veggies dry with paper towels. This will preserve flavor, color and nutrients while they hang out in the freezer.
Produce Storage: Spread a single layer of your blanched vegetables on a baking sheet and freeze until they’re solid. Once completely frozen, pack vegetables tightly into freezer bags or airtight plastic containers.
Now that your produce is frozen and packed away, you might be wondering what to do when you’re ready to enjoy it. Vegetables can be eaten up to 18 months after freezing. Heat your veggies in a microwave-safe dish with two tablespoons of water until thawed.
What are your favorite vegetables to freeze? Tell us in the comments!