Freezing Vegetables From Your Garden

Round out your food preservation regimen! Use these great tips for freezing vegetables to turn your garden harvests into delicious, off-season meals.

Frozen Vegetables in Freezer Bags
By freezing vegetables, you'll be able to eat off-season, savory dishes packed with summer flavors.
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Preparing Green Beans for Freezing
To prepare vegetables for blanching, clean them thoroughly. You can cut the vegetables into uniform pieces so that they cook evenly.
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Blanching Green Beans in Boiling Water
To blanch, submerge the vegetables in boiling water for the amount of time given for what you're freezing.
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Green Beans Cooling After Being Blanched
Transfer the vegetables from the boiling water to iced or cold water. The water should be 60 degrees Fahrenheit or colder. After they've cooled, pack them into containers.
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Stuffed Peppers
You can freeze whole peppers to achieve an off-season, stuffed-pepper supper in a flash.
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Freezer Jars
You can freeze in canning jars, and glass containers are particularly useful for freezing fruit and vegetable juices, which are messy to handle in bags.
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Roasted Peppers
Roasted peppers cooked over a hot fire until just done and then stashed in the freezer make for a great-tasting meal later on.
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