Preserve the Harvest: How to Freeze Sweet Corn

PRESERVE THE HARVEST SERIES: HOW TO FREEZE SWEET CORN


How To Freeze Sweet Corn Preserve the Harvest Series presents a new fruit or vegetable every Tuesday with the goal of helping you get the most out of fresh fruits and vegetables harvested during peak season. Whether you grow your own fruits and vegetables, buy them at the Farmer’s Market or your local grocery store, it is good to remember the best time to preserve your bounty is when it is plentiful. Preserving the harvest stocks your pantry shelves and freezer with whole foods that you can feel good about, foods that taste great, and this approach saves you money.  A sane approach to sustainability!

Next up…How to Freeze Sweet Corn.

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15 Ways to Keep Food Fresh

15 Ways to Keep Food Fresh #foodstorage #fresh #wholefood #realfood

15 WAYS TO KEEP FOOD FRESH

Ever wonder about how to keep your fruits and veggies fresh? Whether you buy them in the store or grow them at home, it is no fun to see them deteriorate almost right before your eyes. I am always in search of ways to keep my fruits and vegetables at the peak of freshness for as long as possible, so when Hometalk approached me and asked if I would share my board on Keeping it Fresh I jumped at the chance. I knew this would be valuable to you, my readers, and it would also give you a chance to check out the great things going on at Hometalk if you haven’t already.

Here are a few of my favorites from Keeping it Fresh.

15 Ways to Keep Food Fresh #foodstorage #fresh #wholefood #realfood How to Grow Onions – How To Store Onions: The Seasoned Homemaker 

15 Ways to Keep Food Fresh #foodstorage #fresh #wholefood #realfood Keeping Berries Fresh: Adventures of a Busy Bee

15 Ways to Keep Food Fresh #foodstorage #fresh #wholefood #realfood Cleaning Garden Produce: Chaotically Creative

 

15 Ways to Keep Food Fresh #foodstorage #fresh #wholefood #realfood I Would be remiss if I didn’t share a few of my own ideas too! :)

15 Ways to Keep Food Fresh #foodstorage #fresh #wholefood #realfood Preserve your Homegrown Herbs in 3 Different Ways

15 Ways to Keep Food Fresh #foodstorage #fresh #wholefood #realfood How to Preserve Peppers in 3 Different Ways

15 Ways to Keep Food Fresh #foodstorage #fresh #wholefood #realfood How To Sun Dry Tomatoes

15 Ways to Keep Food Fresh #foodstorage #fresh #wholefood #realfood How to Preserve Home Grown Herbs with Sea Salt

15 Ways to Keep Food Fresh #foodstorage #fresh #wholefood #realfood

How to Make Infused Oil

Be sure to head over to Hometalk to see the rest of the 15 Ways to Keep Food Fresh and all the other great preserving, gardening and DIY ideas too. 

15 Ways to Keep your Food Fresh shared with:

*Memories by the Mile: Treasure Box Tuesday *Lou Lou Girls *April J Harris: Hearth and Soul  *Table for Seven: Share your Stuff *Creative K Kids: Tasty Tuesdays *Recipes for our Daily Bread: Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop *Teach Inspire Love Raise: Wake up Wednesday *Crafty Allie: Worthwhile Wednesday *The Crafty Wife: Wednesday Roundup * Smart School House:Whimsy Wednesday * The Cookie Puzzle: Party in your PJ’s **Lamberts Lately: Create it Thursday *Sweet Haute: Sweet Haute  * 2 Crochet Hooks: Snickerdoodle Sunday  *Baking in Pyjamas: Sweet and Savoury Sunday

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Preserve the Harvest Series: How to Freeze Green Beans

Preserve the Harvest: How To Freeze Green Beans PRESERVE THE HARVEST SERIES: LET’S TALK GREEN BEANS

Preserve the Harvest Series presents a new fruit or vegetable every Tuesday with the goal of helping you get the most out of fresh fruits and vegetables harvested during peak season. Whether you grow your own fruits and vegetables, buy them at the Farmer’s Market or your local grocery store, it is good to remember the best time to preserve your bounty is when it is plentiful. Preserving the harvest stocks your pantry shelves and freezer with whole foods that you can feel good about, foods that taste great, and this approach saves you money.  A sane approach to sustainability! Next up…How to Freeze Green Beans.

Preserve the Harvest: How To Freeze Green Beans LET’S TALK GREEN BEANS

WHEN TO BUY GREEN BEANS

Green beans can be purchased almost any time of year but the best time to buy them is when they are in peak season in your area. That could range from anywhere between mid May through October all depending on the climate. Cooler areas will see beans peak later, while warmer climates like sunny southern California could see beans almost all year long. 

WHERE TO BUY GREEN BEANS

When buying green beans, just like any other fruit or vegetable it is always best to buy local when you can to get the freshest product available. Buying from your local farmer may not mean you always get the prettiest, but if taste is what you’re after, you can be sure they will have the best flavor. If you live in urban areas check out the Farmers Market, natural produce store or the organic section in your local grocery store. Most local grocers are now carrying organic produce. When the price is within reason, this is a great choice.

HOW TO CHOOSE GREEN BEANS

When buying green beans it is best to buy those that are loose rather than already prepackaged. This gives you the option of picking out the freshest available. The pods should be bright green, crisp and without blemishes. Avoid wilted pods as they have been sitting too long. Beans come in different sizes depending on variety. Choose beans that are not overly large for the variety, the larger beans may have grown too long and could be tough and stringy. 

STORING GREEN BEANS FOR THE FRESHEST FLAVOR

Use green beans as soon as you can to optimize flavor and nutrients. If you won’t be using the beans right away, store them unwashed in a sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Wash before using.

Preserve the Harvest: How To Freeze Green Beans HOW TO FREEZE GREEN BEANS

Green Beans require blanching, a high heat process that kills enzymes that cause the breakdown of sugar to starch. The breakdown is generally what causes the loss of flavor and texture in vegetables and fruits. There are several methods that can be used for blanching, but I prefer steaming when possible. This method stops the enzyme activity while still leaving much of the nutritional value of the food intact. Steaming is also one of the easiest methods without a lot of mess to clean up. Simple and effective works for me!

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Preserve the Harvest: How to Freeze Green Beans
 
Green beans can be frozen whole, sliced or julienne depending on your preference. Snap or discard the stem end and prepare according to your preference to be frozen. Better yet, buy enough beans to prepare in a variety of ways.
Ingredients
  • Green Beans, washed stems removed and prepared as desired
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Prepare ice bath for green Beans. Fill sink with ice and add cold water. Important to plunge green beans into ice bath after allotted steam time to stop the cooking process.
  2. Place green beans into steamer basket for large pan.
  3. Place about 1 -2 inches of water in large pan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer, place steamer basket filled with green beans into pan, cover with lid and set timer for 3 minutes.
  4. Once timer goes off, immediately remove green beans from pan, pour into colander and plunge into ice bath.
  5. Allow to cool for several minutes, remove from ice water bath, drain and shake to remove excess water.
  6. Place on flat baking sheets lined with parchment or wax paper, careful to keep the green beans from touching. Place in the coldest part of freezer until frozen solid. (about 1 hour).
  7. Once frozen, remove from freezer, place into heavy duty freezer bags or vacuum seal, as desired.
  8. Date and label. Will keep for up to 1 year.

 How to Freeze Green Beans shared with:

*Creative K Kids: Tasty Tuesdays *New Mrs Adventures: Tasty Tuedays *Recipes for Our Daily Bread: Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop *Life with Garnish: Teach Me Tuesday *Smart School House: Whimsy Wednesday *Simply  Sweets: Party in Your PJ’s * The Crafty Wife: The Wednesday Roundup *To Work With My Hands: Wake Up Wednesday * Crafty Allie: Worthwhile Wednesdays *Sweet Haute La Dolce Vita: Sweet Haute * Gingerly Made: Show and Tell *Organized 31: Inspire us Thursday *Living Well Spending Less: Thrifty Thursday *The Pink Sprinkle: A Wholesome Bunch *Juggling Real food and Real Life: Let’s Get Real *It’s Your Life: Real Food Fridays *In the Kitchen with Jenny: Foodie Friends Friday * Snippets of Inspiration: Weekend Wine-Down *Homemaking with Style: Creative Style Link Up * 2 Crochet Hooks: Snickerdoodle Sunday *Sondra Lyn at Home: Share it Sunday * Baking In Pyjamas:Sweet and Savory Sunday *My Pinterventures: Merry Mondays *Mrs Tee Love Life Laughter: Mommy Monday Blog Hop

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Preserve the Harvest Series: Spiced Ginger Pear Butter

Preserve the Harvest: Spiced Ginger Pear Butter PRESERVE THE HARVEST SERIES: LET’S TALK PEARS

Preserve the Harvest Series presents a new fruit or vegetable every Tuesday with the goal of helping you get the most out of fresh fruits and vegetables harvested during peak season. Whether you grow your own fruits and vegetables, buy them at the Farmer’s Market or your local grocery store, it is good to remember the best time to preserve your bounty is when it is plentiful. Preserving the harvest stocks your pantry shelves and freezer with whole foods that you can feel good about, foods that taste great, and this approach saves you money.  A sane approach to sustainability! Next up…pears and Spiced Ginger Pear Butter.

LET’S TALK PEARS

WHEN TO BUY PEARS

The best time to buy pears is late August through October depending on the area you live in. Warmer climates will have pears available earlier and cooler climates have pears that mature later in the season.

WHERE TO BUY PEARS

When buying pears it is best to buy local. The best tasting pears are those that have been picked prior to maturity. Pears that have been left to ripen too long on a tree tend to be grainy and/or mushy. Just the opposite of most fruits where staying on the tree until maturity is more beneficial. 

HOW TO CHOOSE PEARS

Pears are the one fruit that tastes better when picked prior to maturity. Pears ripen from the inside out, if your pear is soft on the outside it is already too ripe. To tell if a pear is ripe, gently apply pressure at the edge of the stem. If the pear gives slightly it is partially ripe and perfect for poaching, roasting and baking. If the area easily yields to pressure but doesn’t feel mushy it is ready to eat or puree into sauces. 

Pears should also be pleasantly aromatic with a fresh sweet smell. Organic pears will have the best taste.

STORING PEARS

Store pears at room temperature until ripe. To hasten ripening place in a paper bag or leave in a cool place covered with a towel. Once ripened, place in the refrigerator where the pears will keep for up to a week.

PRESERVING PEARS

Pears lend themselves well to canning, freezing, drying, and making wonderful butters.  When freezing it is best to use pears that are partially ripened and still firm.  

Preserve the Harvest: Spiced Ginger Pear Butter SPICED GINGER PEAR BUTTER

Spiced Ginger Pear Butter is a wonderful spread to have around. Much like apple butter it can be used as a spread on biscuits or toast, a filling for a tart or an accompaniment for savory meat dishes. I also like to use it with chicken or turkey on sandwiches for a gourmet twist. No matter how you choose to spread it, the spiced ginger flavor is sure to be a favorite.

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Spiced Ginger Pear Butter
 
Ingredients
  • 5 cups pears, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp chopped candied ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 whole cloves
  • sugar
Instructions
  1. Place sliced pears and 1 cup water into non reactive medium sized pan and bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until pears have softened.
  3. With stick blender, (or food processors) blend pears until smooth.
  4. Measure puree and return to pan.
  5. For each cup of puree add 1¼ cups sugar.
  6. Place cinnamon, ginger and cloves in a spice bag or tied into cheesecloth and add to puree mixture.
  7. Return mixture to boil, reduce heat and simmer until mixture is thickened, stirring as needed to prevent sticking. (this may take 1-2 hours)
  8. Once thickened, remove spice bag.
  9. Ladle into hot sterilized jars and process for 10 minutes.
  10. Makes about 3 cups.

Recipe adapted from The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving: Over 300 Recipes to Use Year-Round

SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED

The following recipe is processed using a water bath canning process. If you have never canned before or need a refresher the National Center for Home Food Preservation is the gold standard of information. I would encourage you to head over and read their general canning information.

Resources: The Splendid Table: When to Buy Pears

Spiced Ginger Pear Butter shared with:

*Back to the Basics: Tuesdays with a Twist  *The Ultimate Linky: Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop *Creative K Kids: Tasty Tuesdays *Savvy Southerner: Wow Us Wednesday’s  *My Paper Craze: Creative Spark *Organic For Green Livings: Real Food Fridays *Jordon’s Onion: Thank Goodness it’s Thursday * The Pin Junkie: Pin Junkie Pin Party * Juggling Real Food and Real Life: Let’s Get Real *Feathers in the Woods: Green Thumb Thursday *Weekend Wind-Down *In the Kitchen with Jenny: Foodie Friends Friday *Natasha in Oz: Say G’day  *Raia’s Recipes: Savoring Saturday’s *Our Rosey Life: Share it Sunday *Pebbles and Piggytails: Saturday Dishes *The Ultimate Linky: Bloggers Brags *Plucky’s Second Thoughts * My Pinterest Adventures: Merry Monday Link Party * Mrs. AOK: Mommy Monday *Yesterfood: Treasure Box Tuesday *April J Harris: Hearth and Soul Blog Hop *Lou Lou Girls: Lou Lou Girls

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