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Freezing Fruits and Vegetables

Freezing Fruits and Vegetables

Freezing Fruits and Vegetables

Having fresh produce year round is easy, all it takes is a little preplanning. Get tips below on the best way to freeze your fresh fruits and vegetables for year round use.

Steps:

  1. Keep the freezer temperature set to 0 degrees F.
  2. Freeze fruits and vegetables when they're at the peak of ripeness.
  3. Prepare and freeze right after harvest or store in the refrigerator for up to one day.
  4. Wash fruits and vegetables before freezing.
  5. Sprinkle sugar on fruits that will be served uncooked after freezing and mix gently.
  6. Mix a simple syrup of sugar and water and pour over fruits that will be cooked after freezing.
  7. Blanch vegetables before freezing unless they'll be used in one week.
  8. Store in glass or plastic containers, freezer bags and/or plastic wrap.
  9. Fill glass or plastic containers 2/3 full to allow for expansion.
  10. Date all packages.
  11. Store blanched vegetables in the freezer for up to nine months.
  12. Store fruits in the freezer for up to one year.

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