General Instructions for Freezing Vegetables
Courtesy of Homestead Farm
- Most vegetables can be frozen for approximately a year and still retain their freshness, if they are properly handled. The vegetable must be blanched, which requires submersing the vegetable in a mesh bag, or with a wire basket, into rapidly boiling water for specific lengths of time, and then cooling the vegetable in ice water until chilled. Vegetables must then be packed and frozen in a single layer. Once they are thoroughly frozen, the packages may be stacked.
- Time guidelines
- Snap Beans: 3 minutes
- Broccoli: medium sections ~3 minutes; large sections ~4 minutes
- Corn: 6-10 minutes, depending on size (remove corn from ear and pack)
- Greens: 2 minutes