Flash Freezing Fruits & Veggies

Who knew freezing fruits and veggies could be this simple?

Recently, I've been reading Danielle's (of Blissful and Domestic) posts on money-saving tips.  We could all stand to save some money, right?  One of the posts that caught my attention was the one on how she shops for groceries once a month and freezes a lot of it.  Since the summer is the perfect time for fresh fruits and veggies and I've been getting my hands on a lot of that goodness this summer, I wanted to make the most out of my investment and so I decided to look more into how to properly freeze fruits and veggies.

The answer to that was Flash Freezing.

The steps are really basic: 
  1. Wash fruits and veggies (except for blueberries - don't know why exactly, but that's what I read in several places and heard numerous times).
  2. Spread fruits or veggies out on a cookie sheet that is lined with wax paper or freezer paper.  Make sure they don't touch.
  3. Allow fruits or veggies to freeze.
  4. Place them in a ziploc bag, making sure to get as much air out as possible.  (And if you're one of those fortunate ones with a Food Saver machine, even better!)
So I've been a flash freezing queen lately -

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Multi-Colored Bell Peppers (I actually froze my colors separately so I have a bag of yellow peppers, orange peppers, etc.)
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Which in essence means, you know I had to clean out my freezer first.  :-)

If you're interested in reading more about Danielle's money-saving tips, the linked image below will get you started.

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  1. Sounds easy. I remember my mom freezing vegetables in the summer. The corn we always cut off the cob and cooked partway before freezing. I have no idea why, but it turned out well. I think other things she blanched then put in ice water before freezing. I wonder why the thinking on this has changed? I think blanching used to be seen as a way to keep the color. Your way sounds lots easier.

  2. What a perfect way to preserve summer's fresh fruits and veggies!


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