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How to Freeze Each Kind of Vegetable


Some vegetables need to be blanched before they are frozen, others can skip that step but need to be frozen in a single layer before they go into bags or containers. Here is what you need to know to ensure that your vegetables emerge from the freezer with the best flavor, color and nutritional value.

1. How to Freeze Asparagus

Freezing is the best way to preserve asparagus, much better than the mushy product produced by canning this choice vegetable.

2. How to Freeze Broccoli

Leda Meredith

Broccoli doesn't can or dehydrate very well, but fortunately it does freeze well.

3. How to Freeze Carrots

Carrots keep well in a root cellar or the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. But for longer storage, or if you're running out of room in the fridge, try this method for freezing them.

4. How to Freeze Cauliflower

Cauliflower just needs a quick blanching before it is ready to go into your freezer.

5. How to Freeze Corn

This method of freezing corn gives you loose kernels so you can later take out just what you need. Grilling or roasting the corn before freezing gives it a smoky, intense flavor that is fantastic in Mexican-style dishes such as tortilla-lime soup or corn salsa.

6. How to Freeze Grape Leaves

Leda Meredith

Grape leaves can be frozen or canned, but freezing is by far the easier way to preserve them. Wild grape leaves work just as well as domesticated ones. Use frozen grape leaves to make stuffed grape leaves.

7. How to Freeze Green Beans

Leda Meredith

How to blanch and freeze green beans.

8. How to Freeze Leafy Greens

Leafy greens such as spinach, kale and chard need to be briefly cooked before they are frozen. Skip this step and you'll end up with black goo when you defrost your greens...

9. How to Freeze Mushrooms

Okay, technically mushrooms aren't vegetables. But most do freeze beautifully. Some mushrooms need to be cooked before they are frozen...

10. How to Freeze Okra

This method of blanching and freezing okra gives you a product that can go straight from the freezer into your gumbo pot.

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