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    kittykat8 is offline Rooter
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    Default freezing veg

    How would you go about freezing the following

    carrots

    cabbage

    peppers

    runner beans

    french drawf beans



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    marion

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    Hi Marion,

    You could freeze carrot, runner beans, french beans, and pepper by firstly cutting them in the size you prefered and slightly blanch them, let it drain and cooled and ready to be freeze. I heards that some grapes skip the blanching, I usually do ( you will have to choose and try your prefered method ) and as for cabbage I have no idea, never tried to freeze them before. Hope it help, cheers...

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    I've only frozen dwarf french beans, didn't bother blanching them just popped them in a bag and straight into the freezer.

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    I've frozen broad beans, french beans, peas and will be freezing my runner beans when they arrive. I blanch them all first then cool them quickly in iced water before drying and freezing. It works well. I'd not bother with the carrots - they don't taste the same when they've been frozen they have that horrid canned carrott taste. Iknow from experience as I tried to use all allotment veg for my Christmas dinner last year - good job I tried them first before cooking them all and dishing them up, I had time to cook replacement fresh ones.
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    If you want to freeze cabbage, you will need to chop or shred it first. You can either pack it into bags or tubs and freeze in portion sizes, or open freeze on a tray and then put into bags or tubs. Open freezing usually has the advantage of the frozen produce not sticking together in a lump. I'm one of the grapes who skip the blanching. Runner beans, prepare as for cooking, then open freeze. Dwarf French the same. Carrots I don't freeze, they go mushy.

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    Why freeze you should in theory have fresh veg all year round if you sow sucessionalyy

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    Hello KittyKat8, All the veg you mention, I would prepare ready for use as you want them. Spread on a tray. Put in the freezer til frozen. Tip into a freezer bags and clip closed. Use from frozen.
    Benacre, we all try to have fresh all the year round, but sometimes we have a glut which can't all be used at once. I would rather freeze the surplus than waste it. But I don't grow to fill my freezer, preferring to get what is seasonal and fresh. I'm sure that's true for most of us. An ongoing challenge.

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    I am intrigued by these responses. Over the years I have tried freezing various veg with very limited success indeed. Just freezing without blanching and properly cooling ( which if done correctly takes loads of freezing water - logistically difficult if you follow the correct required quantities) frankly has been a waste of time. Has anyone tried eating runner beans that has just been straight freezed withour preparation? They lose taste and texture as do many other veg. I tried cauli once without correct preparation - just a stinky mush when you defrosted and I tried to cook.
    The only I find veg easy to prepare correctly & successfully ( blanching and quick cooling apparently affects the enzyme process) have been broad beans.
    Sweetcorn on the cob ? Ask me about it!! I have tried every way to freeze but without success. Maybe I'm spoiled by the taste of fresh veg- nothing compares!

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