How can you extend the fruits of your labour into the winter months? With a few simple steps, it’s a snap to freeze and save some of your freshest harvests from the summer and fall:
Berries: Looking to make fresh pies, smoothies or even jam into the winter months? It’s easy! Simply remove stems, gently rinse, and freeze berries in a single layer. Once they’re frozen, you can transfer them to a freezer bag or container to save space and enjoy all year round.
Pumpkins: Cooked pumpkin is best the way to keep it fresh, here’s how: cut the pumpkin into 2 halves, remove seeds, place open side down, rub with oil and bake at 350ºF for about 30 minutes. Pumpkin pie in January, anyone?
Tomatoes: Freeze them whole (with the skins) in a completely sealed bag or container. Remove the skins easily by running the tomatoes under hot water, add your ingredients and you’ve whipped up a quick, fresh sauce in no time.
Corn: Did you know you can freeze corn on the cob? All you need to do is blanch it for 6 minutes, then freeze it whole. Just steam it and serve when you’re ready.
Zucchini: For breads and soups, using fresh zucchini from your garden is a breeze! Grate it and freeze it to be able to incorporate it whenever you need to.
Didn’t plant this year? Not to worry, visit your local Farmers’ Market and freeze what you can… Our winters can be harsh, but you can still enjoy organic, local, healthy produce – even as the snow flies!
At Hockley Valley Resort, your culinary experience is defined by our farm-to-table philosophy. We use only the freshest ingredients from our on-site organic garden, seasonal preserves and fare from local suppliers and farmers. http://www.hockley.com/cabin/