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    Default vegetables for freezing please ?

    Hello Grapes,

    I love eating seasonal veggies like anyone else but really appreciate the out of seasons treat once in a while. At this moment we are still harvesting/ eating our fresh veggies from the garden: Collards, Nero di toscano, Ragged Jack, water cress, Rainbow chard,mustards and radish.
    Yesterday, I have used up my last portion of frozen pepper and today I am cooking my last portions of frozen summer squash which is a real treat during winter. I am wondering if I could freeze some extra harvested veg this summer for the coming winter ( but only the extra harvest as I don't plan to grow them specifically for freezing).
    I aware that several type of veggies are suitable for deep freezing without loosing too much of it's taste and texture such as:
    - Sweet corn
    - Summer crockneck squash
    - Peas
    - Chili
    - Snap peas: Sugar Ann

    Could you give advice on other vegetables that is good for eating fresh and to be frozen ? and what is their preparations prior to freezing them ?
    Thanks in advance .
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    We freeze 'shelly' beans rather than dry them, the flavour is incomparable I think. We still have a little plastic tub of borlotto to eat - saving them for when we finally get a real cooker! (Tuesday hopefully)

    I'm sure you're meant to do something to them but we just shell them and stick them in a freezer bag or tub and stick them in the freezer.

    For me haricot/shell beans taste fabulous fresh picked, then not bad frozen, then okay dried.
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    Momol - I found this article last year which might be of use. It describes four methods of preparing the vegetables before freezing.

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    Thanks SBP and CC .

    I will try to freeze some fresh haricot beans and do the advice prior preparations. I did freeze some asparagus too (steamed before freezing) ohhhh wonderful .
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    I have some peas (from supermarket) and brocolli (our own) in the freezer from last summer. The peas were just frozen straight, while I did blanche the brocolli beforehand (basically, boil for 3 minutes and then plunge into freezing water for 2 mins to stop cooking, then freeze when properly cold).

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    Quote Originally Posted by momol View Post
    Hello Grapes,

    I love eating seasonal veggies like anyone else but really appreciate the out of seasons treat once in a while. At this moment we are still harvesting/ eating our fresh veggies from the garden: Collards, Nero di toscano, Ragged Jack, water cress, Rainbow chard and radish.
    Yesterday, I have used up my last portion of frozen pepper and today I am cooking my last portions of frozen summer squash which is a real treat during winter. I am wondering if I could freeze some extra harvested veg this summer for the coming winter ( but only the extra harvest as I don't plan to grow them specifically for freezing).
    I aware that several type of veggies are suitable for deep freezing without loosing too much of it's taste and texture such as:
    - Sweet corn
    - Summer crockneck squash
    - Peas
    - Chili
    - Snap peas: Sugar Ann

    Could you give advice on other vegetables that is good for eating fresh and to be frozen ? and what is their treparations prior to freezing them ?
    Thanks in advance .
    Because we eat bought frozen vegetables anyway I'm not too keen on growing vegetable for freezing as it may also mean buying an extra freezer (not exactly environmentally friendly) which ultimately increase the cost of your veg for the price of new freezer .

    Okay for me it's a sheer luxury eating fresh vegetable but it's still possible and makes good sense to freeze a few for treat when they're out of season. I would prefer to freeze the more premium filet French beans but not Runner beans. Having said that, I'm able to buy them relatively cheaply as frozen. Also there's frozen cauli, broccoli, brussel sprouts and peas (petit pois only though) that can be bought more cheaply than me growing for freezing myself. Cabbage doesn't freeze well, too soggy so taste rubbish. Fresh leeks are expensive but frozen ones aren't that good anyway unless cooked in dish or pie. Carrots are too cheap to buy fresh anyway whatever the seaon. I think Peppers and Celery are easier buying fresh from shops, relatively cheap all year round so don't see much point freezing.

    So what does that leave you with? I've seen frozen Okra and Bittergourd which to me is worth it as they're expensive even when they're in season. Parsnips, winter squashes and courgettes can be relatively expensive as fresh and in season so they would be good ones to freeze but some of these can be pureed for soup esp. the courgettes that can't be frozen as sliced or can it? Sweetcorn freezes well and boy the frozen ones are mighty tasty, the taste simply premium so I don't know if the one I grow will be as premium tasting as those, maybe the farmer has the upperhand. If the frozen sweetcorn is tastier and cheaper than your frozen one, then not worthwhile.

    Can you freeze Watercress as leaves? If not they can be pureed too for soup otherwise we usually pay premium price for them whatever the season. I think if you can freeze the Oriental leafy vegetables, you should but I gather that Spinach freezes well. What about frozen Mangetout and Babycorn, never cheap as fresh and same goes for Asparagus. Forgot green soya beans! Think I've written enough!
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    French beans freeze well, but not runners.

    Just finishing my peppers too, and I still have a treat in store from some ratatouille I made last summer and froze - wonderful.

    Oh yes, all the 'spare' basil went into pesto for the freezer - just leave the cheese out until you defrost it.

    Looking forward to summer already

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    Quote Originally Posted by veg4681 View Post
    ...Can you freeze Watercress as leaves? If not they can be pureed too for soup otherwise we usually pay premium price for them whatever the season. I think if you can freeze the Oriental leafy vegetables, you should but I gather that Spinach freezes well. What about frozen Mangetout and Babycorn, never cheap as fresh and same goes for Asparagus. Forgot green soya beans! Think I've written enough!
    Thanks for the input Veg, I might try okra (next year project but would it taste nice ). As for water cress,I still got some growing in my back garden and I am still eating it in salad (can only harvest small amount at a time). Not going to grow baby corn anymore (will go for sweet corn instead). Did freeze asparagus (pre steam) and french beans (pre blanche) and they taste lovely.

    Quote Originally Posted by kentvegplot View Post
    French beans freeze well, but not runners.

    Just finishing my peppers too, and I still have a treat in store from some ratatouille I made last summer and froze - wonderful.

    Oh yes, all the 'spare' basil went into pesto for the freezer - just leave the cheese out until you defrost it.

    Looking forward to summer already
    I freeze lots of basils, coriander, italian parsley (flat leaf), and terragon (russian)...love them in cooking .
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