Stocking up the freezer

A couple of weeks ago I had lots of vegetables--corn, zucchini, and squash--but no time to cook all of it! So I decided to try my first freezing experiment. Usually when people "put up" their vegetables they do a lot at one time. I didn't have bushels of anything but enough that I didn't want to waste. I ended up with two quarts of each vegetable. Seems like enough of each one to see if this simple freezing works and they taste well at the other end; I'm sure there will be an update at some point! There were several methods I found on the internet but what I did is what I found most across different sites.

To start, bring water to a rapid bowl. Add vegetables and return to a boil. Boil for approximately 3 minutes. After 3 minutes plunge immediately into ice cold water.

Let the vegetables cool and then drain very well. Divide the vegetables into quart-size bags. Remove air and seal. Then freeze.

We used an old school method for removing air from the bag. It's called "Patrick and the straw."

1 comment:

  1. I know you will be glad of your efforts when you take them out and cook, esp if is in the winter when can't get the fresh anymore.