Vegetables are usually incredibly cheap come spring and summer, but chances are you can’t eat an entire haul of cheap tomatoes before they go bad. Cooking blog The Kitchn has put together a simple, five-step guide to freezing those vegetables correctly so they stay tasty and last a full year.
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If you’ve ever tried to just throw a vegetable in the freezer with the hopes it would stay good for a long time you know the process is more complicated than that. You have to do a few steps beforehand. The Kitchn recommends starting with a fresh vegetables, then dumping them in boiling water for a short time. When you pull them out of the boiling water, dump them in ice water to cool them down. Finally, pack the vegetables up tightly on a tray and stuff them in a freezer. When they’re frozen you can transfer them to a plastic bag.