We are in the peak of summer time produce. Often I buy a little extra since it is such a good price but can’t use it all fresh in one week. In search of ways to preserve what I bought and ensure that I can use for more meals, I came across this publication, Freezer Magic: 8 Tips for Freezing Fruits and Vegetables
Here are a few things I want to highlight for you:
- Freeze ripe, high-quality fruits and vegetables. Freezing won’t magically fix any rot, lack of ripeness, or mold — it will just preserve those pesky problems.
- Think about how you want your fruits and vegetables to appear when you reach for them in the freezer.
- Consider the serving size. Freeze in “ready-to-eat” sizes that you and your family regularly consume.
- Many vegetables need to be “blanched” or partially cooked before they are frozen. For a full list, see the publication.
Freezing fruits and vegetables can be a good way to save you money. Be sure to follow the instructions and use the produce, instead of letting them go to waste. Otherwise, you don’t end up saving money!
Emily is an Extension Associate for NC EFNEP.