Over the summer my Mom plants the largest garden anyone has ever seen, I’m pretty sure that everyone in town could be fed fresh delicious tomatoes all summer long from her garden. It’s one of the huge benefits to living close to family.
Canning and freezing vegetables from the garden has turned into a great way for us to save money and enjoy the vegetables all year long. My Mom spends hours canning and this year we’ve found a great way to freeze by using our FoodSaver® FM5000 Series Food Preservation System. Check out our tips below on great ways to freeze vegetables.
How to Freeze Green Peppers and Onions
Start with fresh peppers and onions- I was lucky enough to have these right out of my Mom’s garden. I diced my peppers into small pieces that would work in many different recipes like our Chicken Fajitas.
Next, use your FoodSaver® FM5000 Series Food Preservation System to vacuum and seal the peppers into the perfect size bags that fit nicely into your freezer. This new system has a vacuum view window to help you measure the perfect sized bag, and reduce roll waste.
More Tips on Freezing Vegetables
Not all vegetables freeze well but here are some that we’ve found freeze the best:
- Green Peppers
*Note: If you’re vacuum sealing cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli and cauliflower, be sure to blanch first.
It works really well to cut the vegetables into small pieces that you will use in recipes, this saves a step later when you’re ready to use them.
Use a Sharpie to label the bags with what’s in the bag as well as the date so you know when you should use them by.
Herbs freeze well too – a great tip is to freeze them in Olive oil in small ice cube trays before using the FoodSaver® Food Preservation System to seal them into bags.
Ordinary storage methods like zipper bags trap air inside, causing food to lose flavor and nutrition over time. I think what I love most about freezing vegetables is that I’m able to have delicious and nutritious food right out of the garden all year long. With the amount we freeze, we don’t have to worry about running out and because I use the FoodSaver® Food Preservation System, so my frozen vegetables will stay fresh up to 5-times longer and I never have vegetables with freezer burn.
Make sure you also check out our post on How to Make Freezer Smoothie Packs to save money as well as make your morning routine less hectic!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by FoodSaver®.