Blanching and freezing your own veggies is SO EASY, and you don’t have to heat up your kitchen to do it. And now is the perfect time to do it, because the prices on the summer veggies are starting to go down, at least here on the Gulf Coast.
You will need:
Veggies of your choice (squash, green beans, carrots, and so forth – I have not tried this with greens)
Quart freezer bags
Sink full of really cold water
- Clean and chop your veggies.
- Load the freezer bags with no more than four cups of veggies. Add 2 tablespoons of water.
- Seal bag halfway and place upright in microwave (use dish if needed to help). Cook on high for three minutes.
- Carefully remove bag from microwave. Using a hotpad, squish out the remaining air and seal the bag. Immediately place the bag in the sink full of really cold water.
- Let the bag cool in the water for a few minutes, and then move to freezer.
This is so easy and so fast. It is also incredibly low cost. We picked up squash for $3 for a bucket at the local farmer’s market. I got three. My son and I put up twenty bags of squash at one pound each. Compare that to frozen squash at your grocery store, and you will see significant savings.