Vegetables and fruit pack a punch when it comes to nutrition, but it can be a struggle to keep fresh produce readily available.Whether you’ve stocked up at a farmer’s market or have a flourishing garden, an abundance of fresh food can lead to decomposition and waste. However, if you find yourself with a lot of fresh produce, don’t worry as most vegetables and fruit can be frozen in a freezer.1 By following the below steps, produce can be frozen for months to come without losing any of its freshness or flavour.2 This means less worry and more time to stock up on your favourite foods.
Follow our guide to find the perfect way to freeze your veggies and fruit and keep them maintaining their maximum nutritional value and taste.
Blanching also thoroughly cleans the vegetables, removing any excess dirt or bacteria.
The freezer can be quite a compact space so pack wisely. You can use heavy duty freezer bags for bulky items, ensuring as much air as possible has been squeezed out before sealing. Other fruit and vegetables, such as berries or sliced vegetables, can be frozen in a single layer on a baking sheet. This will allow you to not only stack and save space but once the time comes to consume, they will be easier to separate.
Label each container with what it contains and the date you added it to the freezer.
Fruits are best left to thaw at room temperature, but if left too long to thaw completely they can turn mushy – such as with berries.
For vegetables, the majority of these can be taken from the freezer and added immediately to boiling water or put in the oven to roast.
Last updated: 28 April 2020