When you have your own garden, sometimes you find yourself with a great supply on your hands than you can reasonably eat before the vegetables start to spoil. Freezing vegetables at home is a fast, convenient way to preserve produce at its peak maturity and nutritional quality. Further, this will extend your supply so that you can enjoy the benefits of your garden long after the growing season has ended. Check out our helpful infographic to find out about more benefits of freezing, as well as some beginner tips for the process.
Why You Should Be Freezing Vegetables
There are many reasons to freeze your homegrown vegetables – prolonged produce life is just one! Here are a few more great benefits of freezing vegetables:
1. It’s Nutritious
When you freeze your vegetables at their peak, you’re preserving the nutritional quality. Many studies have revealed that the nutritional content of frozen produce is typically equal, or sometimes even better than, fresh fruits and vegetables. So you don’t have to worry that any of the health benefits are getting lost in the freezing process. However, for best quality, you should usually consume your frozen produce within 8 to 12 months of freezing.
2. It’s Safe
Freezing is a very natural process, and is a safe way to prolong the life of your produce. It prevents microorganisms from growing and slows down the enzyme activity that causes food to spoil. This way you get to enjoy the bounty of your garden much longer. According to the USDA, food that remains stored at the standard recommended home freezer temperature of 0 degrees Fahrenheit will always be safe for consumption.
3. It’s Cost-Effective
Not only does freezing have many health benefits, but it’s great for your wallet as well! If the fruits of your gardening labor are extended through the winter, you won’t have to result to buying store-bought imported produce. You can save money by cooking your own restaurant-quality meals at home with frozen ingredients from your own backyard garden no matter what time of year it is.
4. It’s Delicious
This may be a given – but frozen produce is delicious! By freezing your ripe vegetables, you’ll get to enjoy the delicious, crisp taste of homegrown fall vegetables long after your neighbors have had to resort to store bought or seasonal fruits and vegetables.
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