As we head into Summer, now is the best time to enjoy all the fresh in-season produce that is available. But with so much produce in season, it can be hard to actually get through it all during the week.
The solution? Freeze in-season produce to make the flavors of summer last all year long!
Here are nine of our favorite fruits and vegetables of summer, and ideas for how you can preserve them.
1. Tomatoes: Make Tomato Sauce & Freeze
Using fresh tomatoes to make a sauce and freezing it for later will save you so much time in the kitchen down the road. Simply thaw and use it in things like pasta dishes, casseroles, zucchini roll-ups, and lasagnas.
This Spaghetti Squash with Veggie Tomato Sauce would be perfect to use fresh tomatoes rather than canned!
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2. Peaches and Stone Fruit: Slice & Freeze for Smoothies
To make the most of those delicious, in-season stone fruits like peaches, plums, and nectarines, simply slice, discard the pits, then sprinkle with a little bit of sugar to help preserve the texture. Put them in a freezer bag or vacuum seal them.
Tip: If using freezer bags to store frozen produce, be sure to squeeze all of the air out of the bag before placing it in the freezer. This will help prevent freezer burn and discoloration.
Frozen peaches are great in this Peach Cobbler Smoothie.
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3. Berries: Wash & Freeze for Chia Pudding
When freezing berries, wash them first and then pat them dry. Lay them flat on a baking sheet and place them in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer to a bag or container and freeze.
Frozen berries are great to use in chia pudding, overnight oats, smoothies, desserts, or muffins.
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4. Apples: Make Applesauce & Freeze
In the Fall when apples are popping up everywhere, you can make your own applesauce and freeze it in containers. Homemade applesauce makes a delicious snack and is a great addition to recipes like this Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie.
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5. Sweet Corn: Blanch & Freeze for Soup
In order to make sweet corn last, blanch the ears of the corn for about five minutes. Once blanched, cool the corn immediately in ice cold water and then shuck them. From here, simply place in a container or freezer bag.
Frozen corn will come in handy for so many dishes, like this Mexican Street Corn Soup.
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6. Green Beans: Blanch & Freeze for Meal Prep
Similar to the corn method above, you will want to blanch green beans before freezing. Once cool, place them in a freezer bag.
Having frozen green beans on hand will make adding veggies to your meal prep dishes super easy.
7. Zucchini: Slice & Freeze for Smoothies
You can either slice zucchinis or shred them raw and place in a freezer bag.
Frozen zucchini is surprisingly delicious in smoothies. It adds the perfect creamy texture!
8. Fresh Herbs: Make Pesto & Freeze
Freezing fresh herbs is a great way to enjoy them all year long. Simply wash, dry, chop, and place in a freezer bag. Or, save time by simply making pesto to freeze.
9. Leafy Greens: Wash, Blanch & Freeze
Freezing seasonal greens such as kale, collards, Swiss chard, or spinach is a great way to add more nutrients into your meals. Simply wash, blanch and store in a freezer bag until ready to use.
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