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Vegetables

Can you freeze potatoes?

Have you ever wondered “can you freeze potatoes?”. If so, and you don’t know the answer to this question yet, I’m here to help. There are quite a lot of things you might need to know about freezing potatoes and here I will provide you at the very least the most important ones. If you’re looking for a quick answer to the main question, it both yes and no. When it comes to freezing raw potatoes, that’s a bad idea, because they don’t freeze well, so that’s a “no”. When it comes to cooked potatoes, however, they freeze quite well, especially in certain forms and that’s why I said “yes”. If you would like to know more, read on.

Backyard potatoes
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Freezing cooked potatoes – mashed potatoes

If you’d like to freeze a lot of potatoes, mashing them and then freezing is probably the best idea. Many people freeze mashed potatoes with success, and I suggest you do the same. In fact, we have on Can You Freeze This an article on freezing mashed potatoes, check it out!.

Freezing cubed potatoes

First off, peel the potatoes and cut them into cubes (a typical 1” cube will suffice). Then cook those cubes in salted water just until they are tender (not as long as you typically cook potatoes). Once done, dry those cubes thoroughly. Now it’s time to take a cookie sheet and line it with aluminum foil (you can spray it with a non-stick cookie spray instead of using the foil) and put potato cubes on it, making sure they don’t touch one another. Then put the cookie sheet into the freezer until the cubes freeze solid. After that, you take out the pan, transfer the cubes into freezer bag (or bags if needed), label them properly and put into the freezer. You can reheat them in simmering water.

Freezing for french fried potatoes

If you’d like to make french fries from your potatoes in the future, this way is definitely most suitable for your needs. Like usual, you need to peel the potatoes and cut them into strips of your favorite size. Wash them in cold water and then dry. Now it’s time to ‘pre-fry’ those strips. Fry them in hot oil (but not as hot as it usually is when you’re frying potatoes) for a couple of minutes, so they’ll become tender but not brownish (ready to eat). Then you need to drain them (paper towels will be helpful) and let them cool. Once they’re cool, transfer them into freezer bags, squeeze all air out and seal those bags tightly. Label the bags and put them into the freezer, where they can be stored for a couple of months. When you’ll be ready to prepare french fries, you just need to transfer the frozen strips into deep oil and proceed as you always do.

Summary
As you can see, there are a few methods of freezing potatoes. I suggest you try out at least two of them and pick one that works best for your needs. Also, it’s quite possible that different methods will be suitable for different situations, so trying out all of them is a reasonable thing to do as well.

Grains

Can you freeze corn on the cob?

Ever wondered about freezing corn on the cob? If you did and you don’t know whether you can freeze corn or not, probably you will find this article helpful. Why would one consider freezing corn? Well, there are at least two choices. First is when you’ve got too many fresh corn cobs from your garden. Second on is when there’s this big sale at a super market where you usually buy corn and you would like to buy way more ears of corn than you’d be able to use in reasonable time (without that corn going bad). Either way, you can freeze corn. There are at least a couple of ways to freeze corn, so I suggest you test each one of them on your own, examine the results you’ll get and choose your favorite one.

Corn on the cob
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Freezing corn on the cob – plain and simple method without blanching

This method requires almost no work. To start, you take each ear of corn you would like to freeze and you cut off its sharp end, below the cob (leave the husks and silks in place). Now you just need to wrap each ear separately using a plastic wrap or freezer wrap and put them into the freezer. If you plan to keep them there for a longer period of time, make sure you wrap each one a couple of times, or put all of them into a freezer bag. When they are needed, you can thaw them in the microwave. Once thawed, you can remove husks and silks and it’s ready to be consumed.

Here’s where I found this method.

Freezing corn on the cob with blanching

This method is definitely more time-consuming than the one mentioned earlier, but you may find it more successful in certain cases (e.g. if you would like to freeze corn for quite a long time, like a couple of months). First off, start by removing all the silks and husks. Now take a pot, pour in water (to about half the pot), add two tablespoons of sugar and bring the pot to a full boil. Then add the cobs to the solution, bring it back to a boil and cook it for a few minutes, until the cobs will turn darker yellow. You might need to turn each cob over in the pot so they will heat evenly. Once done, transfer the cobs into very cold water (possibly with ice cubes), so they will cool thoroughly. Then dry each cob and foil-wrap individually. Put wrapped cobs into a freezer bag and then into the freezer. This way you can easily take as many cobs from the freezer as you need at a time. Thaw them on the counter or using a microwave.

Here’s where I found this method.

Freezing corn kernels

This method is very similar to the last one, so make sure to read the description above before reading this. First off, remove husks and as much silk as you can. Then you need to bring a half-full pot of water to a boil, add the prepared cobs, bring it back to a boil and keep them in boiling water for a couple of minutes (usually 4-6 minutes). After that transfer those cobs into ice-cold water for few (6-8) minutes and then drain them. Now it’s time to cut the kernels off each cob. You can use this using a sharp knife. You can also remove them in any other way, depending on your preferences. If needed, separate the kernels into individual kernels. Then it’s time to transfer those kernels into a freezer ziplock bag (or a bag that you’re using for vacuum sealing), remove as much air as you can (a straw might be helpful) from the bag and seal it tightly. Now you just need to label the bag and you can put it into the freezer. Thaw on the counter or using a microwave.

Here’s where I found this method.

Summary
As I’ve mentioned, there are at least a couple different ways to freeze corn. Try all of them out and pick on that yields the best results. As you can see, the answer to the question “can you freezer corn on the cob?” is affirmative.

Herbs & Spices

Can you freeze cilantro?

Can you freeze cilantro? If that’s the question bothering you, you’re in the right place to find the answer. Since cilantro doesn’t stay fresh in the fridge for long and most often in comes in a bigger bunch than it’s needed, people search for a way to preserve it for longer. Basically, there seem to be two possible choices – drying and freezing cilantro. In this article we will focus on the latter. If you’re interested, read on.

Cilantro
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Freezing cilantro – important information

When it comes to cilantro, you can freeze it, but not everyone will be really satisfied with the end result. The most important thing you should know is that freezing changes the appearance of this veggie, so it probably won’t work that well for salads and other similar dishes. When it comes to cooked dishes, frozen cilantro works pretty well and in most cases you will be satisfied with what you’ll get. That being said, please remember that you’re the one who has to freeze it a couple of times and make sure frozen cilantro works (or doesn’t work) for your needs.

Before you get to freezing itself, you need to do a little prep. Rinse the cilantro to remove any impurities and pat it dry. Not it’s time to trim off any yellowish or brownish leaves, we don’t want them anyway. Now cop it. Once done, you can proceed to on the two described ways of freezing cilantro. Make sure to try out both and choose one that works better for your needs.

Freezing cilantro using a cookie sheet

Take a cookie sheet and line it with wax paper, then place as many leaves as you can on it, making sure they don’t touch one another. Then transfer the cookie sheet into the freezer for few hours, so the leaves will freeze. Once they’re frozen, take the tray out of the freezer and transfer the leaves into a small freezer bag. Push as much air from the bag as you can, seal it tightly and label it properly. Now it’s ready to be put into the freezer. Make sure it’s in a place where it won’t get crushed.

Freezing cilantro using an ice-cube tray

Take an ice-cube tray and add a few leaves into each cube (depending on how large the cubes are), make sure leave doesn’t stick out of the cube. Now fill each cube with water, so it will cover the leaves, and the tray into the freezer for a day. Once done, get the tray out of the freezer, transfer cubes into a freezer bag and put the bag into the freezer. This way you can quickly and easily get as many cilantro leaves as you need by getting as many ice cubes from the bag as needed.

Summary
Cilantro can be frozen and quite a few people do it, although it will work well only in cooked dishes like soups or stews. It’s suggested that cilantro shouldn’t be frozen for longer than half a year because of quality reasons. I encourage you to test out both described methods of freezing cilantro and pick the one that works well for your needs. If neither one does, that’s fine as well, you will learn that you shouldn’t freeze cilantro for this certain purpose you’ve frozen it for.

Vegetables

Can you freeze eggplant?

If you’ve ever wondered about freezing eggplant (often called aubergine), this article will give you all the answers you need. Eggplant is not a very popular vegetable, although quite a few people seek information about freezing it. What you should know for starters is that eggplant can be frozen and the whole freezing process is pretty similar to other veggies, so if you’ve frozen some vegetables already, you’ll feel like home when reading the rest of the article. If you’re interested, read on.

Freezing eggplant (aubergine) – preparation

Before we get to the last step, meaning putting the eggplant into the freezer, we need some prep. It will take about 20-30 minutes, depending on how many eggplants you would like to freeze. Some of the activities require as much time no matter how many eggplants you plant to freeze, so it’s always better to batch freeze. First thing to do is of course washing the eggplants. Next you should cut off both ends of each one of them, peel them (if you desire to) and slice them. Now they’re ready for the next step.

Eggplant
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Blanching

Once eggplants are prepared, it’s time for blanching, which keeps the veggies from getting discolored. Now you should boil a mixture of water and a half cup of lemon juice. Once the mixture is boiling, place the slices in it for about 4 minutes. After that, transfer the eggplants to cold (possibly ice) water for a few minutes, so they’ll cool thoroughly. Once they’re cool, drain and dry them. Now they’re almost ready to be put into the freezer.

One thing to note – if you’ve got an already cooked eggplant, you can (and should) of course omit the preparation and blanching steps, since you’ve already accomplished them.

Eggplant – freezing

Ok, sliced eggplants are cool and dry, now it’s time to package them. You can put them into airtight containers or freezer bags, although the latter ones seem to be the better choice, because the don’t take as much place in the freezer. When packaging, consider dividing the veggies into several freezer bags, so you can easily defrost as much eggplant slices as you need at a time. Make sure you remove all the air from those bags (a straw might be quite helpful), seal them tightly and label properly. Now they’re ready to be put into the freezer.

If you wonder how long eggplant can be kept in the freezer, most sources suggest keeping it in there for no longer than 6-9 months. Of course you can keep it there for longer, but you might not be satisfied with its quality after defrosting. Of course frozen and thawed veggies work best in stews, soups and casseroles, but you probably know that already.

Summary
As you can see, the answer to the question “can you freeze eggplant?” is affirmative – this veggie freezes quite well and it’s not that difficult to freeze it. Just test it out for a couple of times to be sure that freezing eggplant works well for your needs.

Salads

Can you freeze potato salad?

Can you freeze potato salad? That’s a question quite a few people ask themselves. Is there anything one can do to store a potato salad for more than typical 3 to 5 days? Freezing it seems to be the first thing that comes to mind. Once can certainly freeze potato salad, but will it be edible after thawing? Unfortunately, potato salad doesn’t freeze well. If you’d like to prepare a potato-based dish and freeze it, I suggest you check out mashed potatoes. Mashed potatoes freeze much better than potato salad. A potato salad is made of quite a few ingredients, and some of them (like mayo, boiled eggs or potatoes) don’t freeze particularly well. If you’ll combine few ingredients that don’t freeze well, chances are the outcome won’t freeze well as well. That’s the case with potato salad.

If you wish, you can try freezing potato salad, but in most cases you won’t be satisfied with the results you’ll get at all. Potatoes will get soggy and the mayo will separate. If you really want to do that, make sure you’ll freeze the salad in an airtight container (make sure you leave some head space) or in a freezer bag. Don’t forget to seal it tightly. and don’t store it in the freezer for too long, as it doesn’t help with keeping the consistency of the salad anywhere near its original texture.

Corned beef on rye
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Fruit

Can you Freeze Cucumbers?

Can you freeze cucumbers? Most of the people would answer no to this question, but that’s not entirely true. There are a few ways to freeze cucumbers, but you need to know that they require work (some of them quite a lot). And you won’t necessarily be happy with the results you’ll get. Truth be told, cucumbers consist mostly of water and should be enjoyed fresh (as most other veggies).

Freezing Cucumbers

A whole cucumber definitely won’t freeze well, but like other veggies, there are other options. Basically, there are two possibilities. The first one is to slice the cucumber and preserve it in brine or vinegar. The other one is to use those cucumbers in a recipe that allows to freeze the dish once it’s ready. Of course none of the options guarantees that the results will be satisfactory

Salad with cucumber

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Freezing Cucumbers in Brine

Start off by washing and peeling the cucumbers. Once done, you should slice them thinly (you can use a food processor if you wish). Not it’s time to prepare the brine. Here’s a recipe from ThirtyFun.com:

In a large bowl, mix 2 quarts of cucumbers with chopped onions and 2 tablespoons of salt. Let stand for 2 hours. Rinse well with cold water, drain and return to clean bowl. Add 2/3 cup of oil, 2/3 cup vinegar, 2/3 cup of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of celery seed. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Once you got the brine ready, transfer sliced cucumbers into plastic containers or glass jars and cover them with brine. Please remember to leave some headspace, because the contents of the jar or container will expand. Close those jars or containers tightly and put into the freezer and keep it there at least a week before defreezing. Thaw in refrigerator.

For more pieces of information about this way of freezing cucumbers, visit ThirtyFun.com. As you can see, it definitely takes time and hassle to do that, so you need to be sure it’s worth spending the time and money on freezing cucumbers this way. If you’ll decide to try it, try freezing only a small amount for the first time to find out if you’re satisfied with the results.

Freezer pickles

There are quite a few freezer pickles recipes on the Internet, so I will link only a few. Using cucumbers in freezer pickles is probably the best way to freeze cucumbers and thus extend their shelf life.

Recipes:
Crisp Cucumber Freezer Pickles
Freezer Cucumber Pickles Recipe
SWEET FREEZER PICKLES

Summary
There are at least a few ways to freeze cucumbers. They all require work and don’t guarantee you’ll be satisfied with the results you get. If you wish, you might experiment with freezing cucumbers, but they are definitely better when eaten fresh.

Dish

Can you freeze mashed potatoes?

If you’ve ever wondered “can you freeze mashed potatoes?”, you’re in the right place to find out the answer. In short, you can freeze mashed potatoes and they do freeze pretty well. Quite on the contrary to whole baked or boiled potatoes. Because of that, if you’d like to cook a large batch of mashed potatoes and use it for a number of meals, you’re free to do that. Freeze the leftovers of the first meal and use whenever needed. If you’d like to know how to freeze mashed potatoes, please read on.

Mashed potatoes

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How to Freeze Mashed Potatoes

  • Prepare mashed potatoes using your favorite recipe. That’s up to you how you like this dish, so cook it however you most like it.
  • Cool the prepared meal thoroughly. If you’d like to cool it quicker, consider putting it in a slightly cooler place (e.g. the pantry).
  • Method 1 (less work needed). This method is simple – you need to transfer mashed potatoes into freezer bags, release all air in the bag and seal it. Yyou might want to use zip-lock bags, that’s probably the easiest way to do this. If you decide on using small freezer bags, preferably portion-sized ones, that’s even better. This way you’ll be able to easily thaw and reheat as much mashed potatoes as you need at a time. Instead of freezer bags you can use airtight containers. If that’s the case remember the container should be almost full (the more air in it, the worse the freezer burn).
  • Method 2 (a little more work). First thing you need to do is to line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then, using a large scoop, measure even portions of mashed potatoes and transfer them onto the baking sheet. Put the baking sheet into the freezer for at least a couple of hours (e.g. overnight). Make sure the portions are frozen thoroughly before getting them from the freezer. Now you need to transfer those frozen balls of mashed potatoes into a freezer bag and put it back into the freezer. Freezing mashed potatoes in small portions allows you to thaw only as much of it as you need.

Thawing and Reheating Frozen Mashed Potatoes

You can thaw and reheat frozen mashed potatoes in a microwave or an oven. If you wish, you can thaw it a little before heating by putting it into the fridge for a couple of hours. When heating, use about 50% of the power of your device and don’t forget to stir the dish from time to time. When using a microwave, microwave it for a minute, stir it, microwave for a minute, and so on. Heat it until it’s ready.

Things worth remembering

  • Label each bag of mashed potatoes properly. Remember to put there the name of the dish, its amount and the date.
  • Add a little sour cream (if thawed mashed potatoes are too watery) when heating. That will help achieve proper texture when the dish is ready.
  • Even though you can store mashed potatoes in the freezer for a long time, be careful. Keeping it in there for longer than 6 to 8 months isn’t recommended due to quality reasons.

Summary
As you should know by now, you can freeze mashed potatoes and it’s pretty easy to do that. Make sure to freeze it in small portions, so you will be able to thaw only as much as you need at a time.

Herbs & Spices

Can you freeze basil?

Can you freeze basil? Basil is a culinary herb used both fresh and dried. It plays a major role in some cuisines. Is there anything (besides drying it) you can do to preserve it if you’ve got more basil than you can use at a time? Or is there a way to save some basil for the winter months? Fortunately enough, you can freeze fresh basil with good results. It’s also pretty easy to do that.

Freezing basil – how to

There are a few methods how you can freeze basil. I’ll discuss them in details. In every case you should start off by washing basil leaves and discarding any stems. Make sure every leaf is green, other leaves should be thrown away. Let leaves dry thoroughly.

 

Basil
Image used under Creative Commons from Amanda Slater

 

Freezing whole leaves

If you’d like to freeze whole leaves, there are a few options for you. Once the leaves are dry, they’re basically ready to be frozen for the long term, but freezing them without any further preparation won’t give you best results. Take note that basil leaves after thawing won’t be as bright green as they’re before freezing. There are a least two things you can do to prepare the leaves for freezing for the long term.

Blanching is the first thing you can do to better prepare basil leaves for freezing. It helps with preserving natural color and taste when the herb is frozen. You simply need to place basil leaves in boiling water for a short period of time (15 seconds should do the trick) and then quickly cool the leaves down. A pot or sink of ice water is of a great help when it comes to cooling the leaves. After that you should dry the leaves. Blanching is now complete. Please remember that blanching is optional.

Pre-freezing (or flash-freezing) is another way to prepare the herb for long term freezing. It’s pretty simple to perform. Place the leaves individually on a cookie sheet or a tray and put it into the freezer for a few hours to quickly freeze the leaves. Once frozen, flash-freezing is done – you can take the tray out of the freezer. The leaves should endure the process of freezing and thawing better than without it.

Now it’s time to put the leaves into the freezer for the long term. You just need to transfer the leaves into freezer bags. Remember to push out as much air a you can. Instead of pushing it out, you can try to suck it out of the bag using a straw.

Freezing chopped basil

Basil leaves can be chopped using a food processor, a blender or simply using a knife. Of course if you want to, you can freeze chopped basil following the same steps as in the case of freezing whole leaves. There is, however, another way to freeze basil and it’s used often when people want to preserve basil’s fresh look, green color and taste.

Once the basil is chopped, take an ice-cube tray and put some chopped basil into each little spot. Now it’s time to add some water or oil to cover the herb. If you wish to, you can add water or oil while chopping, it’s up to you. Once done, put the ice-cube tray into the freezer and let little ice-cubes form. Once frozen, take the tray out of the freezer and transfer the cubes into a freezer bag. The chopped basil is ready to be frozen for the long term.

Word of caution. If you’ve decided to freeze basil in oil, add oil directly before freezing. Storing basil in oil (both in the fridge and in room temperature) is a botulism risk.

Freezing basil leaves – useful information

Before putting the bag into the freezer, remember to date and label it. To get the best quality, you should use the frozen basil within 6 months from freezing it. If you’re using it in a cooked dish, you can add frozen basil directly to your dish.

Summary
As you can see, you can freeze basil and there’s at least a few ways how you can to this successfully.

Fruit

Can you freeze tomatoes?

Can you freeze tomatoes?  Tomatoes are grown around the world and widely used in various ways. You can consume raw or processed tomatoes. But is there a way to preserve tomatoes for an extended period of time and avoid spoilage? Cay you buy them in bulk (or cultivate and harvest on your own) and save for the winter? Fortunately enough – you can. You can freeze tomatoes, but you need to know that thawed tomatoes won’t work great in every recipe. Freezing and thawing has an effect on this fruit. Let’s discuss this matter in details.

 

Freezing tomatoes

Tomato, similarly to other vegetables (tomato is botanically a fruit, but it’s considered a vegetable for culinary purposes [1], becomes mushy after thawing. Because of that, you should use it only in cooked dishes like soups, stews or sauces. Using thawed tomatoes for raw dishes won’t work well, bear that in mind.

 

Choose appropriate tomatoes and wash them

For freezing purposes choose only ripe, tender and blemish-free tomatoes. If you cultivate them yourself, you should freeze the tomatoes the same day you harvest them. Now it’s time to wash the tomatoes. You should wash them individually, under running water. Don’t use any detergents nor wash them in a sink filled with water. Once washed, rub them with paper towels.

 

Tomatoes
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Blanching, chopping and peeling the tomatoes

When in comes to freezing tomatoes, there are tens of possible combinations. I’ll try to discuss here the most important possibilities that you have.

Blanching tomatoes is optional. Blanching suppresses some bacteria and enzymes that are responsible for spoilage, taste change and the vegetable becoming mushy. Therefore, blanched tomatoes should better tolerate the freezing process and be of good quality for a longer period of time. If you don’t want to peel the tomatoes and you plan to use them in next couple of months, you can omit blanching. Blanching is pretty easy – put the tomatoes into boiling water for a maximum of 2 minutes, then submerge them in cold water for a minute or two and dry them.

Peeling tomatoes is also optional. If you plan to blanch them, peeling is a great idea – you can easily slide off tomatoes’ skins after scooping them from cold water. If you don’t plan on blanching the tomatoes, you can peel raw tomatoes (it takes some time) or .. blanch them and then peel. If you won’t peel the tomatoes, you don’t have to worry. Once you need to use the tomato, run it (while still frozen) under warm water, its skin will go off easily.

Chopping the tomato is another field where you’ve got a whole bunch of options. You should start off by cutting out the tomato’s core. You can freeze the tomato whole, cut it in halves,  quarters, chop it, cut off its seeds or even puree it using a food processor. The choice is entirely up to you – consider how you plan to use the tomato in the future.

 

Pre freezing tomatoes

If you decided to freeze tomatoes whole, halved, quartered or with its seed cut, you might consider pre freezing them before putting them into the freezer for the long term. If you will do it, tomatoes won’t freeze into clumps and you’ll be able to easy scoop from the freezer as many tomatoes as you need at a time. In order to do that, you need to put the tomatoes on a cooking sheet or a tray, in a way that the pieces won’t touch each other. Then you should put this utensil into the freezer and leave it there until  the vegetables are frozen (time depends on the size of the tomatoes’ pieces). Once done, the vegetables are ready to be frozen for the long term.

 

Freeze the tomatoes for the long term.

You can choose whichever container seems appropriate for your needs. You can use freezer bags (a ziploc bag might be a good idea), or plastic containers. Just make sure the packaging is airtight. If you decide to freeze the vegetables in a freezer bag, push out any excessive air before sealing the bag and remember to leave some headspace. Choose containers or bags of suitable sizes – consider how you plan to use the tomatoes.

If you haven’t blanched the tomatoes, I suggest you should use them within a couple of months after freezing. If you’ve blanched them, they should be fine (of good quality) for about a year. In order to use them you can place them directly (frozen) into the dish you’re cooking or thaw them in their packaging in the fridge. Please remember that you must not refreeze once frozen and thawed tomatoes.

Summary

As you can see, you can freeze tomatoes. Frozen tomatoes work great in cooked dishes like soups or casseroles. They won’t work well in raw dishes.

Vegetables

Can You Freeze Asparagus?

Can you freeze asparagus? Asparagus is a spring vegetable but many people would like to cook with it in winter as well. That leaves you with two possibilities. It’s either buying commercially frozen asparagus or freezing it yourself.

If you’ve found asparagus on sale for cheap and you’d like to buy a bunch of it, but you’re worried that it might go bad, freezing is the solution. So, as you probably expect, you can freeze asparagus. Here’s how to do it.

Freezing Asparagus

The process of freezing asparagus is similar to freezing other vegetables. Please bear in mind that you should put frozen asparagus directly into your dish.

Trimming
The ends of asparagus aren’t edible so you need to cut them off. You should get rid of any woody parts as well. Now you need to wash the asparagus thoroughly and cut the stalks into pieces. Some people like to cut them into halves, other prefer bite-sized pieces. It’s up to you. Please consider what size of pieces is eligible for the dishes you’re going to prepare with the frozen asparagus. Please remember that you won’t thaw it and cut into pieces, it’s going straight into the dish.

Chopped asparagus

Image used under Creative Commons from Michael Hollander

Blanching
Blanching delays spoilage, color change and suppress the enzymes that are are responsible for it becoming mushy. It is optional, but most sources recommend doing it. If you plan to freeze asparagus only for a few weeks, you might omit blanching, but that’s not recommended.

To blanch asparagus you need to bring a pot of water into a boil, put the stalks in there and leave them there for about 2 minutes. Instead of putting asparaguses into boiling water, you can steam them. After heating you should quickly cool the vegetables down to stop the cooking process. A pot or a sink of cold water would do the trick. Once done, you should drain the vegetables

Since it’s best not to leave trimmed asparagus for too long, I suggest you should put the pot on heat before trimming the asparaguses.

Pre-freezing Asparagus
If you’d like to be able to scoop one or two pieces of asparagus from the freezer bag, pre freeze the pieces before putting them into the freezer for good. Pre freezing will stop pieces from clumping. You can do that using a cookie sheet . Just put all pieces of asparagus on a cookie sheet and put it into the freezer for a few hours. Once the vegetables are frozen, take the cooking sheet out of the freezer. Asparaguses are ready to be frozen for the long term. Please bear in mind that this step is optional, you don’t have to pre freeze asparagus.

Packaging and freezing asparagus for the long term
Prepare a freezer bag or a plastic airtight container and transfer the pieces of asparagus to it. It’s good when the amount of asparagus in one package is suitable for one dish. It’s not a must, though. Especially, if you’ve pre frozen it using the guidelines given in the last paragraph. If you decided to store asparagus in freezer bags (recommended), make sure to push out the air from the bag before putting it into the freezer. Label and date the packaging and put it into the freezer. You can keep it there for even one and a half year while preserving good quality of the vegetables.

Summary
As you can see, you can freeze asparagus and it’s easy to do this.