In an emergency situation for any reason, the ability to freeze your current crop of vegetables may prove to be a valuable skill for survival. Freezing vegetables is an excellent way to preserve fresh vegetables at home. Freezing vegetables does not sterilize them; the extreme cold simply retards growth of microorganisms and slows down changes that affect quality or cause spoilage in food. The quality of frozen vegetables depends on the quality of the fresh products and how they are handled from the time they are picked until they are ready to eat. It is important, also, to start with high-quality vegetables because freezing will not improve the product's quality.
This authoritative six page guide from the University of Georgia will give anyone the definitive guide to freezing any variety of vegetable. The instructions, illustrations and table will walk a person through the freezing process with ease.
- Selecting freezer containers
- Preparing the vegetables
- Types of packs
- Labeling and storing
- Headspace to allow between packed food and closure (inches)
- Directions for freezing vegetables