A couple of years ago I did a post on Freezing Summers Bounty. This is pretty much a repost/reminder to you that you don’t have to eat all your CSA share in one week. You can easily freeze some and enjoy it in the winter when you are wishing for Summer vegetables.
I love freezing a few ears of Red Wagon Corn to pull out in the dead of winter. In years past I have shucked, then blanched the cobs in boiling water, then shocked them in ice water, then cut the kernels off the cob. This year I tried grilling the corn, un-shucked and let them cool in their husk before cutting the corn off the cob. Grilling the corn was much easier and much less messy than blanching and shocking them.
Grilling them added that nice char flavor too. Save those cobs for some corn stock!
This took no time at all. 6 ears gave me about 2 pints of corn to freeze. Now I have some Summer happiness in my freezer.
You can freeze the roasted peppers too. You can just chuck them in the freezer in the bags we put them in. Sometimes I like to clean them so they are ready to throw in a pot of beans or stews. Either way it’s always nice to have a little stash of roasted peppers in the freezer.
You know those HUGE bell peppers we have been getting. You can freeze those too. Just seed them and cut them up.
Then spread them on a tray so they’re not touching each other and freeze until firm. You don’t want to just throw them in a bag or other container and freeze or you will have a huge pepper ice ball that won’t break apart.
When they are frozen hard transfer the them to a freezer-safe zip-lock bag or container with as much air pressed out as you can to prevent freezer burn.
I love having these peppers. I grab a handful to toss in eggs or stir fries. You can freeze celery and onions the same way. It just takes a few minutes and it is so handy to have.
We only have a few more weeks so think about saving some of your CSA for the winter months.
Have a great week.