I wondered if it was possible to freeze my extra vegetables so I could use them later. So I started doing some research about freezing vegetables. I found out that freezing fresh vegetables is a great way to preserve them to use in things like soups, stews, stir fry or other cooked dishes. This is especially helpful if you have an abundance of vegetables from a garden or you got them on sale. It is recommended that you blanch the vegetables first to preserve their texture and flavor.
For this ‘experiment’ I used celery, carrots and bell peppers. I cut them into small pieces before blanching then dried them off a bit before spreading out on a cookie sheet. Then I put the cookie sheet in the freezer to allow the vegetables to freeze without sticking together in one big clump.
I want to use the celery and carrots for chicken and dumplings and the bell peppers for a stir fry. I decided If it turns out well, I will definitely be stocking up on veggies more often. I love the idea of having ready to use vegetables on hand. It will definitely make it easier when preparing certain dishes, plus it’s thrifty because I can stock up on sales and avoid throwing out bad produce. That’s a win-win if you ask me!
Have you ever tried freezing vegetables?
If you have, which types of vegetables have worked well for you?
Do you have any suggestions for other good recipes that you could use frozen vegetables in?