Preserving Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Preserving Foods

Do you have so many fruits and veggies you don't know what to do with them? Whether the produce is from your own garden, the Farmers Market or the grocery store, summertime is a great time to stock up on fresh foods. So if you ever buy too much, instead of letting them go bad, freeze them!

How to preserve fruits: 

  1. Wash all fruits with running water and drain immediately
  2. Spread fruits out in a single layer on shallow trays or cooking sheets and freeze
  3. Remove fruit from tray and package them in freezer containers
  4. Label container with contents and date and quickly return to freezer

How to preserve vegetables:

  1. Blanch the vegetable first to prevent enzyme growth. There are several ways to do this whether its boiling, steaming, or in a microwave oven so for further instuctions click here
  2. Immediately after blanching, plunge the vegetables into ice cold water. When vegetables are cold, drain thoroughly before packing.
  3. Spread vegetables out in a single layer on trays or cooking sheet until frozen solid
  4. Then place vegetables into freezer containers
  5. Label container with contents and date and quickly return to freezer

 


For more information, here are some other helpful links:

http://winnebago.uwex.edu/files/2010/09/B3278-Freezing-Fruits.pdf

http://www.oldenorganics.com/storage-tips-for-organic-produce-fox-valley.html.html

http://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/uga/uga_freeze_veg.pdf