How I save fresh produce

Who has been shopping and seen a great sale on fresh produce like capsicums and wanted to buy up big, but knew that you wouldn’t get through them all before they turned? Well now you can – just don’t take all of mine!! Keep in mind these don’t thaw crisp, so they are great in casseroles or cooked meals or on pizzas (which is our main use). I recently got a small haul of capsicums from a local grocer that were a on a great sale. I also use this with other vegies like cauliflower, broccoli, corn, carrots.

When you get your capsicums home, rinse under cold water and check for spots. Dry off and start cutting. I cut my capsicums down the length of the vegetable and then across the bottom. I can then easily discard or save the seeds. All my scraps go to the compost, but later this year we will be adding some chickens, so they might get a feed. Cut off any bad spots and I also cut out the lighter banding inside as this can be bitter.

I then cut into strips down the longer side and cross cut 2-3 times depending on the size of the capsicum. If you prefer diced, then cut it that way.

Line a tray that will fit in your freezer with baking paper and fill up the tray. I haven’t had a problem if some are stacked and my trays are usually quite full. Leave to freeze for a couple of hours or over night. I don’t cover or add anything and have had no problems.

Once frozen, take out of the freezer and loosen up your slices so that they aren’t stuck together. I tend to do one colour at a time so I can use in a red or green curry easily. I also do one vegetable at a time.

Once they are loose, I bag them into a ziploc bag and pop back into your freezer. I don’t label, as we go through these quick enough. When out I can wash the bags and reuse and go hunting for a bargain again.

With our garden up and running we should have produce coming in 6-10 weeks and production will start up again. I don’t freeze fresh greens or tomatoes. So what produce do you freeze? What are you going to have a go at freezing?

I am hoping to have a blog post up each Saturday morning to inspire your weekend be it in the kitchen, around the house (in and out) or for the kids.

Take care, Kim xx

Published by mickymaeathome

Micky Mae was a family own business that was hit by the drought and bushfires of 2019. I am now at home, loving it and wanting to share with you my journey. This page is still evolving from the store to mummy blog, so images will change as time goes on. I will be covering all things at home from shopping, recipes, cleaning tips and activities to do with the kids. We are currently in a stressed out time with COVID-19 and I will be posting daily activities we are doing and sharing up great resources and links to help you in this journey.

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