Freezing Goodness

At this time of the year when fresh, local veggies are available I love to buy extras and freeze for use over the winter. I’ve been stocking up the freezer with homegrown and local goodness.

Beans and peas grown in the garden are cut and blanched and frozen into serving sizes.

freezing serving sized portions of peas and beans at craftygardener.ca

Sweet onions from the local farm get diced up and frozen on a cookie sheet and then bagged for use in soups and casseroles all winter long. Just take out as much as you need.

freezing local onions at craftygardener.ca

I recently got a 10 lb bag of local grown carrots and I was busy making soups and veggies for the freezer.

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First up was cooking a big pot of diced turnip (rutabega) and carrots. Once mashed it was put into muffin tins to freeze in serving portions. Once frozen it was bagged and labelled and added to the freezer. This is a great way to enjoy this veggies throughout the winter by just popping out one serving and heating in the microwave.

freezing sweet potatoes at craftygardener.ca

I have even froze mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes this way.

making sweet potato and carrot soup at craftygardener.ca

Sweet potato and carrot soup is absolutely delicious. The sweet potatoes were grown at our local farm, Willowcreek Farms. Follow the link for the recipe.

making carrot and squash soup at craftygardener.ca

Carrot and squash soup was next. The freezer is getting full. Follow the link for the recipe.

freezing goodness at craftygardener.ca

Carrots that are chopped and steamed and then bagged go into the freezer. When I use them I add seasoning and herbs or the package goes straight into the crock pot when I cook a meal.

stewed rhubarb at craftygardener.ca

When rhubarb was in season I cut and stewed and froze lots of it for use in cooking during the winter. I love to add it to homemade apple sauce.

Lemons and limes were next. Although not a local produce items I do buy them when they are a good price.

freezing goodness at craftygardener.ca

After washing, the lemons and limes are cut into sections and placed in an ice cube tray with water. When frozen they are bagged.

freezing limes at craftygardener.ca

To make my daily number of glasses of water taste better, I pop in a frozen cube and heat in the microwave to give the water a delicious lime or lemon taste.

Lemons and limes are a good source of Vitamin C, and help with digestive health and added to hot water helps keep you hydrated.

Fruit in season is also frozen for the winter. Peaches, strawberries raspberries and blueberries are good fruits to add to oatmeal, yogurt and smoothies when frozen.

freezing goodness at craftygardener.ca

Fruit is put on a cookie sheet to freeze before bagging. I do cut up the peaches before freezing.

Freezing the taste of local grown veggies and fruits is a wonderful way to extend the season right through the winter. It also means that in the winter I won’t have to be buying these items that have been trucked in for hundreds of miles.

Do you freeze local goodness?

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8 Responses

  1. Robin

    Hi Linda, lots of yummy goodness in your freezer! Smart thing to do with the way this year has been. I freeze lots of fruit too.
    Have a good week!

    • Crafty Gardener

      Love the frozen fruit with my oatmeal or in smoothies. This way I have lots of local produce all winter long. It’s a rainy morning (Thursday) so no walking for us this morning.

  2. Linda

    You have been busy! but it’s good to think all that lovely produce is now already prepared and can be used straight out of the freezer. I have always done the same but now that I live on my own I have to be selective because I only have a small freezer.

    • Crafty Gardener

      Keeps me busy, plus I love buying local right from the farm and their roadside stands have already closed or will be closed by the end of the month, so want to buy as much local produce as possible, always tastes better and helps support the local farm.

  3. Myrtle

    Linda, if I still had the large upright freezer that was too big to get down to the basement, I would do a lot of what you have shown here.

    • Crafty Gardener

      I love the upright freezer downstairs Myrt, we also have a big fridge freezer with the freezer on the bottom that slides out. I keep all the things I used almost daily in there. We wouldn’t be without it. Too bad you couldn’t get your freezer in your new home. It’s rainy again this morning, so doing some inside jobs right now, but not getting out the garden as much now that it is cooling down.

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