Vegetables - can you freeze them?

I receive lots of questions about freezing vegetables so thought I'd share some tips with you all.  Yes, you can freeze most vegetables but you need to blanch them first.  Here's the basics for blanching and freezing:

  • Use very fresh vegetables, don't bother freezing old almost-gone vegies
  • Trim/peel/cut the vegetables as required then blanch them in a large pot of boiling water for 1-2 minutes
  • Drain them in a colander then plunge them in icy cold water to cool them quickly
  • Drain again then dry the vegetables well using clean tea towels or paper towels
  • Store the vegetables in freezer bags or ziplock bags in convenient-sized portions, then freeze
  • After freezing: you don't need to defrost the vegetables.  Simply cook them from frozen by placing them in a pot of boiling water and cook till done.  Or if the vegetables are for a stir-fry: you can cook from frozen in the wok and stir fry till hot

You can apply this technique lots of different vegetables such as:

asparagus
beans (green, yellow, flat beans)
broccoli
brussel sprouts
capscicums (bell peppers)
carrots 
cauliflower
celeriac
corn (on the cob or cut corn)
leeks
onions
peas
baby potatoes
pumpkin
snow peas (mangetout)
sugar snap peas
squash
sweet potatoes (kumera)
zucchini (courgettes)


They can be stored in the freezer for approx 12 months if your freezer is operating at -18 degrees Celsius (0 degrees Fahrenheit). 

Hope that helps!

Susan
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