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Greenly: Farm to Freezer

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Confessions of a novice preserver.

Considering CSA pickups pay no mind to your personal travel schedule, each time I’m gearing up for a little getaway I find myself in a bit of a panic.

Most often, it has to do with my fridge. This time, it’s because I just picked up pounds of tomatoes, broccoli rabe, and the sweetest peaches I’ve tasted this summer on the eve I’m scheduled to head out of town.

What to do with all this fresh produce? Sometimes, I throw dinner parties, but I didn’t have the time to prep for that this week.

Then it occurred to me, I should save it. Truth is, I know little to nothing about preserving. While I tried my hand at pickling and fruit preserves, canning still seems a bit over my head. But freezing? Now that seemed just the foolproof solution I was looking for.

I started chopping. And washing. And parboiling. And quickly realized, this freezing thing takes some serious time. The upside to my late night, post-packing madness? Whether it’s next week or next month, all the hard work is out of the way and those peaches are prepped and ready for whenever I’m ready to enjoy them.

Do you have any tips when it comes to prepping food for future use? Time saving tips? Ideas to lock in the freshness? Share with me in the comments.

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Natalie Ghio
Natalie Ghio

Besides composting, I love traveling, yoga, exploring new flavors, supporting local farms, and cooking for friends at my home in Brooklyn.

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  • Sharon R. 3 years ago
    Frozen tomatoes are often watery and require extra cooking time post-freezing. One way to reduce the wateriness is to hang the peeled tomatoes for several hours or overnight in a cloth bag over the sink or a pot. A lot of fluid will drip out.
  • Therese L. 3 years ago
    I love to can! Green beans, apples, tomatoes, grapes for jelly and this years various herbs I dried and will use all year. It is wonderful. I have not frozen tomatoes but I have canned them. I make apple butter and applesauce and my grandkids love to help peel the apples that they use for crafts. We try to use everything of the apple so we really do recycle everything!
  • anju g. 3 years ago
    i just wash , pat dry and freeze tomatoes as a whole. To use take out as many as you need, leave out to thaw or microwave if in a hurry.
  • Amie D. 3 years ago
    Interesting
  • sharon r. 3 years ago
    I freeze tomatoes every year!!! Just wash them, cut in half, & store in freezer.
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