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Blanching Basics for Vegetables

Blanching is submerging a vegetable or fruit into boiling water or steam  before freezing or drying. The intensive heat during blanching halts the food’s growth process, helping it retain its natural flavor and color during freezing.

Blanchers – which contain a metal basket and lid, can be purchased for blanching vegetables. Or, you can place vegetables into a wire basket or colander and submerge into a large kettle of boiling water and cover.

As a general rule, use one gallon of boiling water in the kettle or blancher for each pound of vegetables to be blanched.

Do not leave the vegetables in the boiling water any longer than specified. (See the Blanching Times Chart for specific vegetables and its exact blanching time.) Have a sufficient pan of ice-cold water ready to plunge the vegetables in the moment you remove them from the boiling water. Once vegetables have cooled, drain on towels, pack into freezer bags or storage containers, label contents and date and freeze.

Blanching Times Chart for Vegetables:

VEGETABLEPREPARATIONAsparagusWash, trim and discard tough ends. Blanch in boiling water, 2 min. for small stalks, 3 min. medium stalks, and 4 min. large stalks.
Cool in ice water immediately. Drain and freezeBeans, LimaAfter shelling, blanch in boiling water, 2 min. small beans, 3 min.
Medium beans, 4 min. large beans. Cool in ice water immediately. Drain and freeze.Beans, GreenWash and remove ends. Snap in half. Blanch in boiling water, 3 min. Cool in ice water immediately. Drain and freeze.BroccoliWash, trim stalks and ends. Cut stalks in half. Separate flowerlets into portions not larger than 1 ½ inches wide. Blanch in boiling water, 3 min. Cool in ice water immediately. Drain and freeze.Brussels sproutsWash and trim. Blanch in boiling water, 3 min. small heads, 4 min. medium heads, 5 min. large heads. Cool in ice water immediately. Drain and freeze.CarrotsWash trim ends and peel tender carrots. Large carrots should be sliced. Blanch in boiling water, 5 min. for whole carrots, 2 min. diced or sliced. Cool in ice water immediately. Drain and freezeCorn, sweet (cream style or whole kernel)Remove husks, silk and wash corn. Blanch ears in boiling water for 4 minutes. Cool in ice water immediately. Drain and cut corn from cob. Pack into containers and freeze.Corn-on-the-cobRemove husks, silk and wash corn. Blanch small to medium ears in boiling water for 8 minutes. Blanch large ears over 1 ½ inches in diameter, 11 minutes. Cool in ice water immediately. Drain and freeze.Greens (chard, kale, mustard greens, spinach and turnip greens)Wash leaves thoroughly; remove stems and damaged leaves. Blanch in boiling water for 2 minutes. Cool in ice water immediately. Drain and freeze.Greens (collards)Same as above but blanch for 3 minutes instead of 2.Peas, (blackeye, field)Shell peas. Blanch in boiling water for 2 min. Cool in ice water immediately. Drain and freeze.Peas, (green)Same as above but blanch only 1 1/2 minutes instead of 2.Squash (summer: crooked neck and zucchini)Wash and cut tender squash into slices. Blanch in boiling water for 3 minutes. Cool in ice water immediately. Drain and freeze.

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