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Freezing tips from Wild Flight Farm

Freezing tips from Wild Flight Farm

It might be the cold months of winter with nothing but potatoes and kale in sight. If you are missing the colours of summer, then get up right now and mark your calendars for August: Preserving time. One of the easiest ways to preserve summer fruits and vegetables is freezing.

Brianne Fester of Wild Flight Farm shares her tips on how to preserve the harvest:

"Freezing is the quickest way to preserve full flavour and colour of your vegetables. And it is the best way to preserve food to retain the most nutrition. Easy, delicious AND it's good for you. Sounds almost too good to be true!"

How to Freeze:

  1. Pick young, tender vegetables for freezer storage—it is better to choose slightly immature produce over any that is fully ripe. Also, avoid bruised, damaged or overripe vegetables.
  2. Line up everything needed for blanching and freezing first. Nothing counts more than speed in holding on to freshness, taste and nutrition.
  3. Thoroughly clean vegetables and cut the edible parts into desired pieces.
  4. Blanch right away. For water blanching, use at least a gallon of water to each pound of vegetable, preheated to boiling point in a covered pot. If you're steaming, use a wire-mesh holder over 1 inch of boiling water in an 8-quart pot.
  5. When the recommended blanching time is up, plunge the vegetables in ice water to stop the cooking.
  6. Gently pat the vegetables dry. Pack them in freezer containers or bags, compressing them to leave as little space for air as possible.
  7. Seal the containers or bags and label them.
  8. ** A really great idea is to freeze delegated 'stir-fry' or 'soup' packages of veggies so that when you want to make a meal quickly, you'll have all the things you need in one handy container or baggie.

The easiest vegetables to freeze:

  • Asparagus
  • Beans
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Kohlrabi
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Sweet Corn

Find Wild Flight Farm at the All Organic Market and Revelstoke Farmers' Market.