Freezing Vegetables - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by tpillay
November 8, 1997
I OFTEN NEED TO STORE FRESH VEGETABLES IN THE FREEZER FOR USE WHEN THEY ARE OUT OF SEASON. HOWEVER WHEN I FREEZE THE VEGETABLES THEY ARE DESTROYED AND NOT SUITABLE FOR COOKING. PLEASE ADVISE AS TO A PRESERVATIVE WHICH WILL RETAIN THE FRESHNESS OF THE VEGETABLE IN THE FREEZER.


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Answer from NGA
November 8, 1997

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Most vegetables benefit from blanching before freezing. Blanching destroys the enzymes that can cause food spoilage and color and texture will be better upon thawing.

To blanch vegetables: Boil a pot of water; immerse the vegetables in the water. Begin timing when the water returns to a boil. (See times below.) When the time is up, immediately put them in an ice bath to stop the cooking. Drain, place in plastic bags or containers, and freeze.

Peas: 2 min.
Cabbage (in pieces): 1 1/2 to 2 min.
Broccoli (heads): 2 to 3 min.
Green beans: 1 min.
Carrots (whole): 3 to 5 min.

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