Vegetable Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition
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Fresh vegetables are quick and easy to freeze. And if you blanch your vegetables before freezing them, they retain their fresh qualities after you freeze them. Follow these steps for freezing vegetables:

Choose only perfect vegetables, free of bruises and imperfections, and not overly ripe.

To get good frozen vegetables, you have to start with good fresh vegetables!

Work with small, manageable quantities.

Freeze about 2 pounds at a time.

Wash and drain your vegetables.

Wash and drain your vegetables.

Rinse them under running water in the sink.

Prepare your vegetables according to your recipe.

You usually need to blanch the vegetables.

Chill your vegetables before packing them for freezing.

Chill in ice water for 3 minutes and then drain well. Use a salad spinner, if you have one.

Fill your container.

Fill your container.

Allow the proper headspace if you’re using rigid containers or remove all the excess air from freezer bags.

Label your package and add it to your freezer.

Your fresh-frozen vegetables should stay good for about a year in the freezer.

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Charlie Nardozzi is a nationally recognized garden writer, radio and TV show host, consultant, and speaker. Charlie delights in making gardening information simple, easy, fun, and accessible to everyone.

The National Gardening Association offers plant-based education in schools, communities, and backyards across the United States, through the award-winning websites garden.org and kidsgardening.org.

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