the art of freezing

September 2, 2009 at 8:26 am 5 comments

frozen raspberries and beansThere are three reasons why I don’t freeze allotment veg  1) there isn’t usually the need if we pick and eat and share it regularly   2) we only have a teeny freezer box   3) I tried freezing carrots once with spongy and tasteless results.  With bags of runner beans picked before going to Germany I gratefully accepted a friend’s offer of space in her freezer.  I searched for secrets of the art of freezing and puzzled over the question of blanching; I found as many people advising ‘always ,always, always blanch‘ as though saying ‘never, ever blanch‘.  In the end time was the deciding factor and I opted for the bung-it-in-and-see-what-happens method of freezing.  One box of beans was left whole and the other chopped up ready for chutney making just in case defrosted beans suffer the same soggy fate as carrots.MOSAIC - Tom and Kim picking at the allotment

Tom and Kim, my little helpers last week, visiting the allotment from Germany

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mangocheeks  |  September 2, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Oh Nic, your reasons are very similar to mine for not freezing veg, the main one being we have the worlds tiniest freezer. It measures about 6 cubic feet. Can you beat that?!

  • 2. Nip it in the bud  |  September 2, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    hmm, no idea capacity wise, let me get my tape measure…. 36cmWx28cmHx42cmD.

  • 3. Rufus  |  September 4, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    have you come across this site? – may give you some ideas about what happened to your carrots

    • 4. Nip it in the bud  |  September 4, 2009 at 6:05 pm

      aha, I didn’t blanch and I did thaw! thanks for that, the chart for all the different kinds of veg is really helpful

  • 5. when there’s one too many courgettes « Nip it in the bud  |  September 7, 2012 at 6:59 pm

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