How to freeze fruits and vegetables for long-term storage

The state of crisis due to the new coronavirus and the recommended quarantine to avoid contagion has triggered collective fear and consequently panic buying, which in turn has caused shortages. Thus, pharmaceutical products and perishable foods have disappeared from the shelves. However, this has not happened with fruits and vegetables.

For fear of spoiling, the population avoids them, but there is a way to store them for a long time: freeze them. Here we tell you how to do it.

How to freeze vegetables

To be able to freeze vegetables or vegetables, you must follow three steps, which although they are simple, must be rigorous. First of all, you should cut or chop the vegetables to save space and to make the second step easier: poaching.

Poaching is essential for preserving vegetables in the refrigerator, because it allows them to maintain their color and not spoil during storage. You must put water to boil and when it is ready, submerge the vegetables for one to three minutes. You also have to take into account that the softer vegetables require less amount of time, while the harder ones will take a little longer to be ready. You should never go over three minutes.

You must wait for the vegetables to cool down and proceed with the third and last step, which is to dry them. This step is essential, because placing wet vegetables in the freezer ends up damaging them. When they are ready, place them in a container with an airtight lid. Leave a space of at least two centimeters between the lid and the content.

Can fruits be frozen?

Unlike vegetables, fruits lose sensory properties when poached. And although there is a way to preserve them, it is not the best way to preserve their nutrients. The way to store them is to submerge them in water with 40% sugar and ascorbic acid and refrigerate them in the liquid.

Vegetables that should not be frozen

There are some vegetables that cannot be stored even if they are poached or that first lose properties when doing so. These are:

– Celery

– Lettuce

– Tomatoes

– Cucumber

– Potato

There are also other types of vegetables that you can freeze raw, once they are well washed. Some of them are garlic, chives, onions, leeks, carrots, Swiss chard, pumpkins, peppers, cabbage.

Will you try this technique?