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Freezing Vegetables for Winter

Updated: Nov 18, 2020

When harvest time comes around your garden may be overflowing. We certainly had this issue this fall. Even with employees, family and friends taking home a few bags of produce we still had an overflow of peppers and tomatoes.

If Preserving vegetables isn't your thing. You can always freeze most of your overflow vegetables for use later. Frozen vegetables keep their vitamins and minerals benefits and their fresh flavour. It sounds simple just freeze them, but it is best to freeze them prepared for how you plan to eat them.

"Freezing vegetables prevents sensitive vitamins and nutrients from being lost during transportation."

Blanching Vegetables

Some vegetables may need to be blanched before storing in the freezing. It is a simple extra step to help keep the nutrients of the vegetable and helps them last longer in the freezer.

Blanching is simply just boiling the vegetable for a couple minutes before lay them out to dry and then freeze.

Bring water to boil in a large pot. Once boiling add your fresh, cut vegetable for 1-3 minutes. Remove, drain and lay the vegetable out on a baking sheet to dry.

Vegetable freezing guide!

Green or Yellow Beans

Trim stem ends.

Blanch 3 minutes

Broccoli & Cauliflower

Cut into 1- to 1 1/2-inch florets.

Blanch 3 minutes

Brussels Sprouts

Remove outer leaves, trim stems. Halve small sprouts or quarter larger.

Blanch 2-3 minutes


Trim woody ends.

Blanch 2-3 minutes

Bell Peppers

Remove seeds and cut into pieces.

Blanch 2-3 minutes

Chard, Kale, Spinach or other leafy greens

Remove any woody stems and chop if desired.

Blanch 2-3 minutes

Zucchini or Squash

Cut into slices.

Blanch 2-3 minutes


Peel and cut into slices or cubes.

Blanch 2 minutes


Husk corn and remove kernels.

Blanch 2 minutes

Shelling Peas, Snap Peas or Snow Peas

Remove any fibrous stems and remove shelling peas from the pod.

Blanch 1-2 minutes


Remove the core.

No Need to blanch

Blackberries, Blueberries and Raspberries

Wash and pat dry

No Need to blanch

"Freezing your vegetables has you enjoying your fresh harvest long into the off season months, saves you money in the produce isle."

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