How to Freeze Food for the Winter: Secrets and Rules

Most fruits and vegetables can be stored in the freezer for 8-12 months, and some even longer. Freezing is the easiest way to prepare for the long winter and stock up on fresh vitamins until spring. Frozen foods retain more vitamins than canned or dried foods.

All foods should be fresh and well washed and dried before freezing. Most fruits and vegetables keep in the freezer for 8-12 months, and some even longer.

Freezing bell peppers. Wash and peel whole and even peppers from the insides. Dry them thoroughly. Then insert one into the other like disposable cups. Sometimes you need to work on the size. Then pack in cellophane and put it in the freezer.

You can already make a preparation for the vegetable medley. Wash, peel, and dry the bell peppers, and cut them into thin strips. Put it in a bag and send it to the freezer.

Freezing herbs. Before freezing, be sure to rinse and dry the greens. Then chop finely and place in small portions – about a handful in bags. Squeeze out the excess air from the bags and tie the opening. You can freeze the herbs individually, or you can make a mixture of herbs to your liking by cutting different varieties and mixing them before freezing.

Sorrel. Rinse the sorrel leaves well and chop them. Then put them in boiling water for 1 minute. Drain in a colander and be sure to cool after the excess liquid has drained off. And only then put them in bags and freeze them.

Green peas and corn. Husk fresh peas or corn first. Then put them in boiling water and boil for 3-5 minutes. Drain in a colander and rinse immediately with cold running water. After the excess water has drained off and the peas or corn are dry, put them in bags and freeze them.

Cauliflower and broccoli. Remove the top leaves from the fresh cauliflower, and divide the head of the cabbage into florets. Rinse the cauliflower, cool, and dry the florets. Put it in bags or containers and freeze it.

Divide broccoli into florets, rinse, dry, and freeze in bags.

Zucchini. Before freezing, be sure to boil it, dice it, and remove the seeds. Then be sure to drain in a colander and cool. Put in bags, remove the air by slightly compressing the contents, and close the opening.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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