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Blanching Vegetables to Freeze them..

Hey I recently became to like the idea of freezing vegatables.


One to cut money and Two to cut calories.

Let me explain here.

If I buy a container of white mushrooms for example, I will use what I think is a good amount for our meals for me and H, but sometimes tend to use more just to use up what's left instead of throwing it out. 

I do not like to throw out foods.  I would like to freeze things.

I heard that stuff like onions do not need to be blanched.  Just cut up and frozen and used within a reasonable time.

I would always use the frozen stuff within the month.

But stuff like collard greens or fresh kale etc.

Please explain if blanching is necessary.. what are the guidelines for freezing.. do you need to blanch.. or is it certain foods???

I think it would come in handy with stuff like collard greens because I could buy a bunch and cut them up and freeze them and not have to worry about going to the grocery store again for them.. I could just keep them in my freezer,

Help please.  Give examples of what you freeze and what you blanch.. if you do.. because its a new process for me
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Re: Blanching Vegetables to Freeze them..

  • There's a few pages about this in the Clean Eating cookbook/magazine thing I just bought.  I'll take a look tonight and see what it says!

    I beleive that bell peppers were a blanch one.
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  • You dont need to blanch the mushrooms just brush them clean (NEVER wash mushrooms!)  Yes you need to blanch the kale and peppers.
    http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/questions/FAQ_freezing.html#27

     Blanching slows or stops the action of enzymes which cause loss of flavor, color and texture. Blanching cleanses the surface of dirt and organisms, brightens the color and helps retard loss of vitamins. Blanching also wilts or softens vegetables and makes them easier to pack.
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  • I have a great book called From Asparagus to Zucchini that has cooking and storage tips as well as recipes.  I'd suggest anyone who is looking to boost their veggie intake and needs help with storage and cooking take a look at this book.
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  • In Response to Re: Blanching Vegetables to Freeze them..:
    You dont need to blanch the mushrooms just brush them clean (NEVER wash mushrooms!)  Yes you need to blanch the kale and peppers. http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/questions/FAQ_freezing.html#27  Blanching slows or stops the action of enzymes which cause loss of flavor, color and texture. Blanching cleanses the surface of dirt and organisms, brightens the color and helps retard loss of vitamins. Blanching also wilts or softens vegetables and makes them easier to pack.
    Posted by raenbow319
    Why no washing mushrooms?
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