View Full Version : Can you freeze raw veggies?
08-11-2007, 06:53 PM
I have a wonderful garden full of beets, green beans, hard winter squash and other things. I am trying to figue out how to preserve these beautiful veggies. Any ideas? Everything I read says to blanch and then freeze.
Thank you. I am real new to raw eating.
hard winter squash should keep in a cool dark place for several months.
08-11-2007, 09:45 PM
The beets I would juice and freeze the juice. Not sure what I'd do w/the green beans. Maybe juice them too and freeze? The winter squash I don't know...green leafy veggies can be blended and frozen for green smoothies. Tomatoes I'd make into marinara and freeze, or dehydrate for "sun-dried" tomatoes.
08-12-2007, 12:21 AM
I never thought of freezing the juice. The winter squash I planted is Red Kuri and is suppost to last 6 months. I was just reading Recipes for Life by Ann Wigmore and saw a pumpkin pie recipe. It is a beginning!
08-12-2007, 12:30 AM
The green beans maybe could you dehydrate then reconstitute them in water when you want to eat them?
I have froze raw green beans before, they freeze well except they are a little limp when defrosted.
08-15-2007, 02:14 PM
the squash just definitely store. You can wipe down the skin with a 10% bleach solution if you want it to keep longer. Squash will even store well at a cool room temperature, you don't need a cold storage or anything.
As for freezing, usually vegetables are blanched by putting in boiling water for a short amount of time (for example your beans would be best done this way). The reason for this is to de-activate the enzymes that will break it down even while it's in the freezer. Some things raw do not freeze as nicely as blanched unless you're talking about a really short amount of time in the freezer, as the enzymes will work on it in the freezer and decline the quality.
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