Comments on: Living Well: 11 Secrets To Properly Freezing Produce http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/living-well-11-secrets-to-properly-freezing-produce/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:18:45 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Fun Finds Friday {11} - Where Magic Lives... http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/living-well-11-secrets-to-properly-freezing-produce/comment-page-1/#comment-963045 Fun Finds Friday {11} - Where Magic Lives... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:10:11 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36196#comment-963045 [...] let that delicious fresh produce go to waste! Suggestions for properly freezing those [...]

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By: Stephanie http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/living-well-11-secrets-to-properly-freezing-produce/comment-page-1/#comment-961855 Stephanie Tue, 12 Aug 2014 04:10:10 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36196#comment-961855 I think this is a really thoughtful website… one of the best that that I’ve come across… I just wanted to say WOW!! you are a blessing … and are blessed… thank you very much…

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By: Brenda http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/living-well-11-secrets-to-properly-freezing-produce/comment-page-1/#comment-961834 Brenda Tue, 12 Aug 2014 02:46:35 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36196#comment-961834 I have lots of banana peppers. Last yr I froze separately then put into bags, but when I opened them and they thawed they were mushy-soft. I would like for them to be crunchy like when I pick them. Is there an answer for this. Thank yiu

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By: Lisa http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/living-well-11-secrets-to-properly-freezing-produce/comment-page-1/#comment-961349 Lisa Sun, 10 Aug 2014 03:36:28 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36196#comment-961349 My question is there an alternative to lemon juice (actually any citrus), citric acid or absorbic acid? I’m allergic! But love to can and freeze!

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By: Lindsey Johnson http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/living-well-11-secrets-to-properly-freezing-produce/comment-page-1/#comment-956780 Lindsey Johnson Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:37:10 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36196#comment-956780 When it comes to bell peppers, it can be a little tricky! I use them without thawing them out. They will release water as they cook and not be like fresh at all. Freezing destroys the cell walls which is why they end up mushy. The flavors can be affected by freezing. You never know how long they’ve been on the store shelf! I guess what I’m saying is, frozen peppers won’t taste or behave the same as fresh ones. I do use them for fajitas, but I know going into the recipe that they won’t be the same as fresh. Cooking them at a higher temp to evaporate the water more quickly could help. Sorry I can’t offer more advice!

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By: Katie B. http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/living-well-11-secrets-to-properly-freezing-produce/comment-page-1/#comment-955798 Katie B. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:32:52 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36196#comment-955798 This is a really helpful site! I am having to teach myself to do all of these handy kitchen things, as my mom was (and still isn’t!) much into cooking. I have learned how to cook produce over the past few years, but always find it going bad before my husband and I can finish it. So, now I’m learning how to preserve our food! These are fantastic tips!

One question… I have purchased store-bought frozen bell peppers before to use for stir-fry and did not care for the way they tasted. Do you have tips on thawing out and using the frozen food? I feel like with most things, they have worked for the recipes I want them for… but the peppers had me baffled. I followed the directions on the bag and they still came out mushy and watery. I suppose I could always use them for salsa, but just curious if there’s a good way to thaw them for recipes such as fajitas or stir fry.

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By: Yorletty http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/living-well-11-secrets-to-properly-freezing-produce/comment-page-1/#comment-955689 Yorletty Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:23:59 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36196#comment-955689 Absolutely, love and appreciate the wonderful tips and photos. Thank you so much Lindsey.

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By: Emily http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/living-well-11-secrets-to-properly-freezing-produce/comment-page-1/#comment-954356 Emily Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:51:55 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36196#comment-954356 Great post. I grew up on a farm, and even with my own family, we still have a garden (and poach most things from Grandpa’s farm).
Corn- blanche it and take it off the cob. It keeps way better and longer and takes up way less space.
Squash- we cook it completely (boil or bake) and then mash. Freeze it like this. Reheat in the oven.

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By: Molly http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/living-well-11-secrets-to-properly-freezing-produce/comment-page-1/#comment-952465 Molly Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:16:13 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36196#comment-952465 I sort my frozen foods into re-usable shopping bags, then stack them into my chest freezer. They are easy to lift by the handles and move around. My mother-in-law uses paper bags with handles but I have found that they rip easily and sometimes get a little soggy after a long time in the freezer. I hope this helps, good luck!

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By: 11 Secrets To Properly Freezing Fruits And Veggies - Find Fun Art Projects to Do at Home and Arts and Crafts Ideas http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/living-well-11-secrets-to-properly-freezing-produce/comment-page-1/#comment-949734 11 Secrets To Properly Freezing Fruits And Veggies - Find Fun Art Projects to Do at Home and Arts and Crafts Ideas Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:24:12 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36196#comment-949734 [...] DesignMom - Living Well: 11 Secrets To Properly Freezing Produce [...]

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By: Lindsey Johnson http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/living-well-11-secrets-to-properly-freezing-produce/comment-page-/#comment-940739 Lindsey Johnson Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:12:57 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36196#comment-940739 I haven’t tried that myself, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. If you try it, let us know how it works!

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By: Barbara Lott http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/living-well-11-secrets-to-properly-freezing-produce/comment-page-1/#comment-940295 Barbara Lott Sat, 21 Jun 2014 18:38:59 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36196#comment-940295 I grow muscadines (grapes) in my back yard. Last summer I canned several dozen
quarts of juice for drinking or making jelly, jam, or various desserts. The juice was
a beautiful red color. Now it has turned a nasty brown color. Is there something
Ican add to the juice to prevent this from happening? Also it was boiling when I poured it into the jars. Do you think this juice is spoiled?

Thank you. I enjoyed your post.

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By: 11 Secrets To Properly Freezing Produce | Preplinks http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/living-well-11-secrets-to-properly-freezing-produce/comment-page-1/#comment-938879 11 Secrets To Properly Freezing Produce | Preplinks Thu, 19 Jun 2014 05:14:14 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36196#comment-938879 [...] 11 Secrets To Properly Freezing Produce [...]

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By: Linda W http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/living-well-11-secrets-to-properly-freezing-produce/comment-page-1/#comment-938430 Linda W Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:35:04 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36196#comment-938430 In the food preserving books there are only a few vegs. that you can freeze without blanching. They say that if the enzymes aren’t killed? the enzymes keep on aging your food and it will not be as good. You don’t have to blanch onions or green peppers before freezing. Can’t remember if there were any others.
To the author, have they changed the rules about freezing vegs.? Where did yhou get your info? I do know that tomatoes will have that “end of the season” weird taste if you don’t blanche them. Also okra. I really hope you have a secret that takes care of the blanching cause it’s a mess to do and I hated doing it, but my veggies tasted peculiar without it.

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By: Tami Paul http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/living-well-11-secrets-to-properly-freezing-produce/comment-page-1/#comment-938098 Tami Paul Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:40:06 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36196#comment-938098 I don’t wash my berries before use either. I just dust like you said. then I put them in a canning/freezing quart jar. I have an attachment for my seal a meal that takes the air out and seals the seal on. and throw in the freezer. when I come back in the dead of winter and pull them out. they are not stuck together and is like 99% tasting like fresh. (just a hair more moisture).
Also wanted to say, people should get a blue book or look up online for blanch times. If you don’t blanch the right amount you could loose a lot of nutrient from over or under blanching. I use to work at a frozen veg. plant for 14 yrs.

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By: Waste Not, Want Not: Making Fresh Food Last - A simply good life. http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/living-well-11-secrets-to-properly-freezing-produce/comment-page-1/#comment-919773 Waste Not, Want Not: Making Fresh Food Last - A simply good life. Wed, 21 May 2014 16:09:16 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36196#comment-919773 [...] If you happen across a great deal on fresh foods, or buy in bulk, you can preserve them a number of ways. One way is to freeze them. Design Mom shows us how. [...]

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By: Martha http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/living-well-11-secrets-to-properly-freezing-produce/comment-page-1/#comment-918382 Martha Mon, 19 May 2014 15:37:36 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36196#comment-918382 What a useful, colorful, informative post. Thank you!

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By: Momma Sue http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/living-well-11-secrets-to-properly-freezing-produce/comment-page-1/#comment-914836 Momma Sue Wed, 14 May 2014 15:45:22 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36196#comment-914836 If you dip the filled freezer bags into cold water, up to the seal, it will result in pushing all the air out. seal while holding the bag in the water. Almost as good as a vac. seal .

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