Freezing Fruits and Vegetables

by Kelsey Norwood

in Food

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garden fresh tomatoesI just bought some peaches at Allred’s Orchards in Provo – two whole box (about 40 lbs) for $12. I think that’s a pretty good deal. Now all I need are some canning jars. Do you have some you’d be willing to part with? If you live in Utah County, let me know…

A few weeks ago I ran into a neighbor who was carrying a bucket of tomatoes from her garden. She told me that she freezes a good portion of her garden produce rather than canning it because it’s faster and easier, especially if you plan on using the food within a few months.

If you’re interested in trying freezing and you’re not quite sure how to go about it, click here and here for instructions, recipes, and other useful information.

Any other great ideas for what to do with excess garden produce? Please leave a comment and share!

{photo taken with a Canon Digital Rebel XSi}

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Charlene October 2, 2008 at 3:08 pm

I freeze about 1/2 my tomatoes each year. Cherry tomatoes for sauce and regular tomatoes for soups and stews. It is a timesaver and no cooking/canning in the heat which I surely appreciate.

2 Regina Jones October 2, 2008 at 4:23 pm

I love to freeze veggies. It takes up less space than canning and is so much easier.
I would love to win some halloween goodies!

3 Dawna October 2, 2008 at 5:23 pm

Frozen vegies taste fresher too! I am looking for canning jars too…let me know if you hit a mother lode :)

4 Sheila Oxley October 2, 2008 at 7:58 pm

I freeze strawberries!! You lay them on a cookie sheet…single layer and put them in the freezer for alittle while, then put in a freezer bag. They stay nice for when you are ready for them!!! I would love to have a garden, but down here (Florida) the soil is yuk!

5 Sarah A October 2, 2008 at 9:07 pm

I freeze, can, and dry a lot of our home-grown produce…If you have access to a dehydrator I really recommend trying out your own fruit leather (and raisins)…my kids LOVE it!
BTW-I just bought a bunch of bottles from Smith’s…they were clearing out all of their canning supplies-so check there first! Good Luck! ;)

6 Missy October 3, 2008 at 6:43 am

You can actually get jars and the screw top lids VERY cheap at D.I.

7 Nicole October 3, 2008 at 10:07 am

I love this time of year and canning. We have just moved so it was difficult to do much canning in the midst of packing and unpacking, but we did manage to can a little bit of stuff. I love opening the jars and making dinner and knowing how my hard work throughout the summer has paid of and that I am doing something good for my family.

8 Baba October 3, 2008 at 2:36 pm

I love freezing fruits and vegetables, its quick and easy and takes up less space. Then I always have them on hand to serve.

9 Kara October 4, 2008 at 6:47 am

Thanks so much for the freezing tips, I can’t wait to try it out! It looks sooo much easier than canning.

10 Kim T. October 6, 2008 at 9:24 pm

What a fabulous idea. I never thought of that!

11 Amy October 9, 2008 at 12:11 pm

I like to dry the fruit too… it makes for a yummy snack!

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