You may find this list of 10 Freezable Fruits And Vegetables surprising. Some of them I never thought of freezing, but it works! So if you have ever asked yourself can you freeze fresh fruit the answer is yes.
Vegetables You Can Freeze Easily
I buy things in bulk when I find a good sale. So, sometimes I may find a great sale on fresh vegetables and/or fruit. I will definitely “stockup”.
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Now, since they are fresh, I need to find a way to make them last, so I freeze all sorts of things from butter and cheese to fruits and veggies.
Here are 10 common fruits and vegetables you can freeze and how:
1. How To Freeze Lettuce
Yes! You can actually freeze lettuce if you follow these simple steps.
Lettuce is one of the most popular veggies you can freeze. To freeze lettuce wash them under warm water and pat dry with a paper towel. You need to get as much of the water off as possible. Place in freezer bag making sure to press all air out.
2. How To Freeze Onions
The answer to can you freeze onions is yes. To freeze onions, you’ll need to peel and dice them and then store in freezer bags.
3. How To Freeze Pumpkin
To freeze a pumpkin, you’ll need to puree it and then store in freezer bags.
4. How To Freeze Tomatoes
Tomatoes need blanching before freezing. Blanching is achieved by boiling and then flash cooling:
Webster’s Dictionary defines blanching:
b : to scald or parboil in water or steam in order to remove the skin from, whiten, or stop enzymatic action in (as food for freezing)
Bring a large pan of water to a boil, cut a small (not deep) “x” in the bottom of the tomato for easier peeling when you’re done.
Place the tomatoes in the boiling water, cook them for about 1 minute or less until you see the skin begin to rip open, then take them out and place them in a bowl of ice water.
When you can handle them without burning yourself, finish peeling the skins off of them. Then either chop, slice, half, or quarter them, whichever you prefer and place in freezer bag.
5. How To Freeze Avocado
Avocados need to be pureed to freeze correctly. Use your food processor or blender to puree them and then store them in freezer bags. They won’t do right to chop or slice them and freeze them. You can also freeze guacamole.
Fruits You Can Freeze Easily
6. How To Freeze Bananas
Bananas make great frozen treats, too! You’ll need to peel them, slice them, and then dip them in a mixture of cold water with about a tablespoon of lemon juice, to keep them from browning.
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For an extra added treat you can dunk them in a chocolate shell or any other flavor you enjoy for a nice cool treat.
7. How To Freeze Grapes
You can freeze seedless green or red grapes. Just place them (dry) on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
Once they are frozen you can put them in freezer bags and place them back in the freezer. They are also a great frozen treat.
8. How To Freeze Apples
You can freeze apples whole, chopped, or peeled. Just freeze them (dry) on wax paper on a cookie sheet, then put them in freezer bags when they are frozen and return them to the freezer.
9. How To Freeze Melons
You can freeze most melons the same way. Slice them very thin and place them on wax paper on a cookie sheet, once frozen, place them in freezer bags and put them back in the freezer. They are great for smoothies!
10. How To Freeze Berries
With most berries, you’ll want to wash them and remove any stems. Then allow them to dry before placing them on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper and placing in the freezer. Once frozen, place them in freezer bags and put them back in the freezer.
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FAQ About Freezing Food:
Q: Can you freeze Lactaid milk?
Answer: You can freeze it however, they don’t recommend it.
Q: Can you freeze watermelon?
Answer: Yes you can.
Q: Can you put Kahlua in the freezer?
Answer: You should never put Kahlua in the freezer.
Q: Can you freeze milk?
Answer: You can store milk safely in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Q: Can you freeze cheese?
Answer: Yes you can freeze cheese. For how long can you freeze cheese the answer is 2 months as long as you vacuum seal it or wrap it well.
Answer: Yes you can.
Q: Can you freeze cream cheese?
Answer: Yes you can but it can change the texter to be more gritty.
Answer: Yes you can even up to a year.
Q: Can you freeze lunch meat?
Answer: Yes you can freeze lunch meat for up to 2 months.
Q: Can you freeze cottage cheese?
Answer: Yes you can but it may change the taste and texter.
Q: Can you freeze sour cream?
Answer: Yes but it can change the texture.
What fruits and vegetables do you freeze regularly? Did I miss your favorite vegetable or fruit for freezing?