In this article we'll talk about how to harvest vegetables and fruits for the winter by freezing, how to rationally distribute storage space and other secrets of frost.
list We want to enjoy generous gifts of nature in the form of vegetables, fruits and berries not only in summer but also in winter. In supermarkets in winter, of course, you can buy, if not all, then almost all kinds of fresh vegetables, berries or fruits, but the quality of them will not be the best.
You can also prepare for the winter pickles, stewed fruit, jam and other types of blanks in jars. However, not all this option is suitable. Some landladies do not like to mess around in the kitchen for a long time, others do not have time. Also pickles can not turn out, many know that banks with conservation sometimes explode. In addition, many simply do not have a place to store cans with conservation. And the very last argument - to keep all the vitamins in its original form will not work.
Many housewives prefer freezing vegetables. Having a large freezer, you can prepare a lot of useful and delicious vegetables. However, it is not superfluous to learn about the tricks of freezing, so as not to get by chance an unpleasant gruel instead of useful vegetables.
So, list vegetables that can be frozen:
It is not subject to freeze turnips, radish, salad.
Most of the vegetables must be blanched before freezing, that is, let it drop for a short while into boiling water, and then quickly cool. For example, zucchini, Brussels sprouts, eggplants, asparagus beans, green peas, corn should be blanched.
Tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, mushrooms do not need to be lowered into boiling water. Small cherry tomatoes can be stored whole, only to make a few punctures, so that the fruit does not burst from frost. Large tomatoes can be cut into slices or made from them mashed potatoes. Cucumbers also should not be stored entirely, cut them into small cubes or straws.
You can also freeze potatoes, onions, carrots, beets. But it is worth considering whether this will be rational? The freezer is usually small in size, and seasonal vegetables are worth a penny and stored for a long time without the cold. It's better to freeze what you can not buy in the winter.
Vegetables before freezing must be washed and dried. As containers suitable sealed containers or bags. Tightness will prevent foreign odors from being absorbed from nearby products. For example, dill gives a strong odor that can be absorbed into other vegetables or berries.
It is convenient to freeze vegetable mixes, then cook different dishes. It is better to freeze the mixture in small portions so as not to beat off a piece from the frozen mass afterwards, but to take a ready portion at a time.
Embodiments vegetable mixes:
Important: Frozen vegetables and fruits can be stored in the freezer for no longer than a year.
You can freeze and greens, which can then be added slowly to soups, salads or main dishes.
The greens can be frozen in combination in several types. For example:
Important: The greens should be stored separately. Do not mix greens with other vegetables, otherwise the smells will mix.
For soups , this vegetable mix is suitable:
These mixtures can be added into other foods such as risotto, ragout, vegetable casseroles .
enjoy rewarding stew can, if freeze:
Also in the stew are necessarily added potatoes, onions, carrots, white cabbage.
Stew is a mixture of different vegetables, so it is not necessary to follow a strict prescription. If you do not have one ingredient, you can easily replace it with another one. The main thing is that there are several kinds of vegetables in the dish.
Important: Many are interested in the question of whether it is necessary to defrost the vegetables before cooking? No, you can not do this.
If you defrost the vegetables, they will lose shape when cooked and turn into gruel. Therefore, the vegetables from the freezer are sent to the pan immediately. They will remain so fragrant, beautiful and useful.
Borsch winter will be much tastier and healthier, if take care of refueling.
Recipe for salad borscht :
It is worth parsley and dill as spices, Only to keep the greens separately.
All ingredients wash, dry, cut, grind and mix. Pack the refueling in separate packages per account at a time.
Such a method will help not only to prepare a fragrant borsch in the winter, but also to save the family budget.
Stuffed pepper is a delicious and healthy dish, but you can enjoy it to the fullest only in the season, that is, in the fall. But if you freeze pepper, then you can cook your favorite dish at any time of the year.
Some housewives stuff a pepper, and then send it to the freezer. This method is good, but it takes a lot of space in the freezer.
There is another way:
For salads, stew, soups and other dishes, pepper is suitable for slices. Keep it in this form is much more convenient than the whole.
If the family has a baby, or is expected to replenish, the young mother should be puzzled with the preparation of house vegetables for complementary foods.
The complementary feeding should be introduced at 5-6 months of the baby's life, if the child is breastfed. If the child eats an adapted mixture, then the lure should be introduced earlier - on the 4th month of life.
If this period falls on the winter or spring time, the frozen vegetables will become a wand-zashchalochkoy during the introduction of complementary foods.
You can freeze such vegetables for feeding a baby:
It is these vegetables that pediatricians recommend in the first place. Freezing vegetables for complementary foods can be cubed or in the form of mashed potatoes.
After the baby starts eating mashed potatoes from vegetables, you can enter a small amount of light vegetable soups. For this, pre-freeze:
Vitamins and naturalness are the main advantages of freezing vegetables for complementary foods. Provided that you are sure that the vegetables were not processed with chemicals, or grown them in your garden.
Freeze can be any fruit and berries:
You can freeze up vegetables, fruits and berries. Before sending them to the freezer, thoroughly wash and dry fruit and berries.
You can not re-freeze fruit and berries. First, they will turn into a mess, and secondly, they will lose all useful properties.
You can make a puree of berries and freeze in this form, with or without sugar - of your choice.
Another way to freeze - dry .Put the prepared berries or fruit in a thin layer on the surface, for example, on a board. Frozen so, then send the berries in a bag, releasing air from it.
Delicate berries such as strawberries, raspberries are preferably stored in a container to prevent damage to the berries.
Apples can be cut into slices. Small and fleshy fruits( plums, apricots, cherries) store entirely and with a stone.
From frozen fruits and berries in winter, you can prepare fragrant compotes, fruit drinks, add fruit to yogurt or porridge.
Remember that freeze should be ripe and undamaged fruit. Form small portions of berries and use one packet for one preparation.
mixtures of fruits and berries:
Important: Most modern refrigerators do not require defrosting, but if you need to do this, wrap the container with frozen vegetables and fruits in a thick blanket so that the blanks do not have time to defrost. In winter, you can take out the frost on the street or on the balcony.
Freezing fruit, berries and vegetables is a profitable and quick way to get all the useful vitamins in the winter and enjoy the taste of summer. But do not forget to follow the rules of freezing to achieve preservation of vitamins and taste. On this topic you can watch a video and learn a lot of useful information about freezing fruits and vegetables.
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