How to Freeze Your Farmer’s Market Vegetables

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The Farmer’s Market season is coming to a close. This means it’s time to prep the freezer with your favorite summer and fall veggies. And if you’re like me, this is a must, because I often find myself craving sweet summer corn and fresh green beans during the wintertime. So follow along as we go over how to easily freeze your favorite veggies!

Green Beans

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  1. Wash your green beans and trim the ends.
  2. Cut into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Drop into a pot of boiling water for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove using a slotted spoon and place immediately in a bowl ice water.
  5. Once cooled, spread on a paper towel to dry.
  6. Transfer to a baking sheet and freeze for 2 hours.
  7. Place into ziploc bags. Remove excess air. Seal and freeze.

Corn

  1. Remove the husks.
  2. Drop into a pot of boiling water for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Remove the ears and place into a bowl of ice water.
  4. Once cooled, cut the kernels off the ears and spread on a paper towel to dry.
  5. Spread corn kernels on a baking sheet and freeze for 2 hours.
  6. Place into ziploc bags. Remove excess air. Seal and freeze.

Red Peppers

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  1. Remove the stems, seeds and membranes.
  2. Cut into the size and shape you typically use for red peppers (sliced or diced are most popular).
  3. Spread on a baking sheet and freeze for 2 hours.
  4. Place into ziploc bags. Remove excess air. Seal & freeze.

A few notes:

  • Freezing on trays allows the individual pieces to freeze so they won’t stick together in the bag.
  • To remove excess air from the ziploc bag, close almost all the way, insert a straw, suck out the excess air, then seal the bag.
  • Blanching vegetables before freezing stops the enzymatic process that can cause vegetables to decay and become mushy in the freezer. Not all vegetables need to be blanched. In fact, some people believe that corn and green beans can be frozen without blanching and they’ll still be find. If you’re feeling adventurous, try it both ways and see which works best for you!

Other Vegetables to Freeze

Do you freeze your own vegetables?

Photo credit: Jamie McCaffrey

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Lindsay is Registered Dietitian and writes about food and fitness at The Lean Green Bean. She shares healthy recipes, fun workouts, and snapshots of her life. She lives with her husband in Ohio and enjoys traveling and spending time outside with her dogs.