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How to Freeze Fresh Produce

Learn all the tips and tricks for how to freeze fresh produce to stock your freezer and prevent food waste. Freezing fresh fruit and vegetables can be accomplished with basic kitchen equipment and without needing special preserving skills.

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Whether your garden is at peak production or you got a great deal at the store/farmer’s market, inevitably you’ll face some fresh produce that will go bad before you can enjoy it all. Freezing your own fresh fruit and vegetables is a fantastic way to save money and prevent food waste.

What Is The Best Way to Freeze Fresh Produce?

Most fruit and veggies will need to be blanched (cooked in boiling water for a short amount of time and then put in ice water) and then flash frozen. Flash freezing is so simple and just involves allowing produce to freeze individually on a baking sheet. If you have clean trays and a freezer, you can follow all of these instructions! 

If you’re interested in stocking your freezer with the basics, this post breaks down all of our freezer essentials. You may also like this printable pantry essentials list. Even better, this post on roasting frozen vegetables will walk you through how to use your new freezer stash.

And if you’re really into preserving, check out this post on What to Can in Spring for the ultimate in preserving.

Freezing Equipment

In most cases, you’ll simply need a cutting board, colander/strainer, steamer basket, chefs or paring knife, ice, rimmed baking sheets (we love these ones), parchment or a silpat, mixing bowl, clean towels, and freezer storage (these are our favorite reusable freezer bags).

For more storage options, check out this post on Zero Waste Storage Options.

How to Freeze Produce

Learn all the tips and tricks for how to freeze produce to stock your freezer and prevent food waste. Freezing fresh fruit and vegetables can be accomplished with basic kitchen equipment and without needing special preserving skills.

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

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6 comments on “How to Freeze Fresh Produce”

  1. love this. have learned to do a lot of this over the years, but it’s so nice and empowering to have an internet resource with pretty photos that says, I TRIED IT AND IT WORKS! thank you!

  2. Sarah!
    Thank you so much for these amazing resources. I would have never thought to first blanch and then freeze green beans. Also, awesome photography especially on the freezing spinach post!

  3. Thanks for the reminder of these tips.  While the grocery store had no toilet paper, soap or meat; they had loads of asparagus for only $0.99!!! Now I can freeze them so we can have some of our favorite dishes.