Posts tagged ‘freezing’
In a previous post, I showed my process of freezing squash & zucchini. Freezing herbs, is a great way to preserve those beautiful fresh herbs from your garden. I planted a bunch of herbs in one of my Mom’s flower gardens and the basil did INCREDIBLE. The plant that I bought was so very small, so I didn’t think it would grow as well as it did. The red arrow below shows how small it was when I planted the basil.
My Mom sent me the pic below last month. She trimmed it back after this and it doubled in size.
Below is the process I used to freeze basil:
- wash basil in the salad spinner
- place basil in food processor
- add 1-2 T of olive oil
- pulse until basil & oil have mixed together
- spoon basil mix into ice cube tray and freeze
Freezing is a great way to preserve produce from the summer. It’s easy to let the extra zucchini & squash go to waste. And with all the funny stories of people leaving bags of squash on neighbors doorsteps, why not just take a little time and freeze them for soups, stews and veggie chilis for the winter?
Here is a great link for more information on freezing produce.
…a few rules and tips to follow:
- you must blanch before freezing (this slows/stops the enzymes actions, if you do not do this, it will cause off-coloring, off-flavoring, and toughening)
- don’t over blanch! each veggie has a specific amount of time to cook, view this link for specific times
- drain well
- using a blancher makes the blanching process easier, a multi-cooker that has the strainer inside the pot would also work, I’ve been wanting one of these!!
freezing squash & zucchini
- cut squash/zucchini into bite-sized pieces
- blanch squash/zucchini into boiling water for 3 minutes (blanching the veggies is essential for freezing, see above)
- immediately put veggies into an ice bath, let veggies cool through for several minutes
- drain well, very well
- place onto flat baking sheet pans and freeze
- take pans out of freezer, then place frozen veggies into ziploc freezer bags, mark date then put back into freezer