How to Prep Meats, Vegetables or Fruit for Freezing
How-To: Prep Meats, Vegetables or Fruit for Freezing
Step 1: Storage Containers
Step 2: Plastic Containers
Step 3: Freezing Meats
Step 4: Don't Refreeze
Step 5: Freezing Vegetables
Some vegetables do best if you cook them first. Blanching is an easy way to do this. Drop the vegetables in boiling, salted water and cook uncovered until bright green and crisp-tender about 2 to 5 minutes for most vegetables. Tip: Freeze vegetables at their peak for maximum flavor.
Step 6: Drain and Cool
Step 7: Pat Dry
Step 8: How Long Can It Be Stored?
Step 9: Freezing Fruit
Some fruit, like apples and pears, freeze best if cooked since they're less apt to get freezer burn; berries are an exception. Freezing berries at their peak keeps summer around a little longer, so buy in bulk and enjoy them all year round. Freeze berries whole in a two-step process. First freeze washed and dried berries spaced out on a tray this prevents them from crushing one another.