Some of the BEST seasonal produce is coming to an end. I want to take a few moments to talk about how to save this produce for all year round. There are three important things to keep in mind… Freeze, save and prepare. I’m going to talk about some simple ways to save great seasonal produce so when summer is over and you can’t get that produce fresh, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg at the grocery store… Just go to your freezer and open a package!
* Invest in a food saver. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Some things to keep in mind when freezing produce: Not all things need to be cooked before freezing, some vegetables and fruits are easier to freeze than others, blanching is your best friend!!!
To blanch, bring water to a boil, add beans for just a minute until the color is vibrant, remove into a bowl full of water and ice. This process is called blanching, it allows the food to stop cooking while maintaining freshness, plop on a paper towel to remove excess water and then put these into a ziplock or in a food saver.
Peppers, onions: Slice your peppers and put into a zip lock bag or in your food saver bag.
Beans, zucchini, brussels sprouts, eggplant: Blanching will help keep them crisp and delicious when in the freezer.
These are just a few different seasonal items that you can easily freeze and prepare. I will be posting how to use up a ton of tomatoes and peaches 🙂 look for some posts to come!