Now that the market season is coming to an end, it’s time to put those last minute fruits and veggies away to enjoy throughout the winter! Get your freezer ready for fall: Blanching and then freezing fruits and vegetables is a great way to preserve this year’s harvest and have great tasting, healthy produce all year round.
1) Freeze Fruit
Fruit can easily be frozen by placing pieces separately on a baking tray and in the freezer, and later placed in bags. This way, you avoid a clump of unbreakable frozen fruit later on.
2) Blanch Veggies
Vegetables can be blanched by placing the cleaned and chopped pieces into a pot of boiling water. Cover the pot and cook for 2 mins. Immediately drain your veggies from the hot water, and place in a ice bath. This will promptly stop the cooking process and help seal in the bright colours. After your veggies have cooled, place them in freezer bags with the date on them (so you know which ones to use first!).
This whole process takes about 10 mins, and ensures you have summer flavour and nutrition throughout the winter. No more yucky winter produce shipped 2 weeks ago from South Africa!
3) Preserves and Ferments
Other great healthy ways of preserving foods include pickling, stewing and fermenting. I teach a series of classes and workshops here at Vibrant Lifestyle, teaching how to make your own fermented foods and drinks – keep an eye on our calendar of events to see if a class is coming up! Or check out these links below for some awesome recipes, tips, and information that I recommend trying!
Keep in mind that a recipe can easily be made healthier by skipping things like sugar – or using healthy sugar alternatives like honey, maple syrup or stevia (or a mix of these!) Try your own variations for your own unique recipes.
These preserved yummies make amazing gifts throughout the holiday season. Who doesn’t love getting a few jars of homemade goodies??
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Stay Seasonal, Friends!