- Author: Lauria Watts
If you attended our Grow and Preserve Class it is hoped that you will be growing some stuff. Are you wondering about a quick way to preserve extra produce? Freezing is a quick way to save produce and you can do a little or a lot.
Many veggies (including Farmers' Market finds) freeze best after they are given a quick boiling-water dip called blanching. This preserves color and keeps vitamins and texture from deteriorating in the freezer; it is required by many vegetables. BUT there are some that can be frozen with just a little preparation and you can skip the blanch.
Other vegetables need just short blanch, some cooling, then into the freezer, quick-quick.
You might also wish to think about freezing already-made dishes made from your farmers' market finds. See here for a nice discussion of freezing soups and stews--and this is good not only to do in the winter time. Make a double batch and throw the second in the freezer for another meal: https://preservingfoodathome.com/2019/02/18/freezing-soups-and-stews-a-good-wintertime-activity/
And with all the veggie freezing that you might consider, make sure to remember fruits. Many fruits are wonderful frozen with just a little sugar, then pulled out to be eaten for a good taste of summer in winter.