Freezing is a great way to preserve all of your summer favorites to enjoy in the summer months.
Here is how to freeze your produce:
Step 1: Wash and cut up veggies.
Step 2: Blanch Veggies, see below for how to blanch.
Step 3. Place veggies, single layer, on wax paper lined baking sheet and freeze. Transfer the veggies to a freezer bag or container. Label and place in freezer. Frozen produce can be stored for 8 – 12 months.
How to Blanch:
Step 1: Fill pan with enough water to cover the veggies & boil.
Step 2: Add produce, cover & boil for needed time. Each veggie is different!
- Corn: 4 minutes. ( Make sure corn cools down before removing kernels with a knife)
- Beans: 3 minutes.
- Zucchini: 3 minutes. (If you want to freeze zucchini for baking, you don’t need to blanch it.)
- Broccoli: 3 minutes.
- Cauliflower: 3 minutes.
- Carrots: 3 minutes.
Step 3: Once done drain and place veggies in ice water bath for the same length of time as you needed to boil.
Step 4: Drain and pat dry veggies with towel.
Now is the perfect time to freeze produce for next winter. Stop by one of the markets soon to pick up all of your favorites!