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Carrots Do They get blanched before freezing

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scunge Oct 31, 2009 10:19 AM

They're peeled and cut already Thanks

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    fourunder RE: scunge Oct 31, 2009 10:41 AM

    In my experience....freezing vegetables fresh is never a good idea. I would blanch them first and make sure the are as dry as possible before entering the freezer.

    1. mcsheridan RE: scunge Oct 31, 2009 10:50 AM

      They'll keep longer and better when frozen if you blanch them. It also sets the color. There's a certain textural change, so you'll want to use them for cooking, not fresh eating once you defrost.

      1. bushwickgirl RE: scunge Oct 31, 2009 10:51 AM

        Here's a little info from The National Center for Food Preservation:

        Is it recommended to blanch vegetables before freezing?

        Yes. Blanching slows or stops the action of enzymes which cause loss of flavor, color and texture. Blanching cleanses the surface of dirt and organisms, brightens the color and helps retard loss of vitamins. Blanching also wilts or softens vegetables and makes them easier to pack.

        There you go.

        1. Paulustrious RE: scunge Oct 31, 2009 10:56 AM

          Yes.

          And it will help to have the pieces as small as small as possible, and spread them out on a tray for freezing before bagging them. The quicker they freeze the smaller the ice crystals that destroy the cell texture.

          1. Cherylptw RE: scunge Oct 31, 2009 10:58 AM

            I used to blanch all my fresh veggies until I once had a bag of baby carrots that I wanted to freeze and my mom told me she put hers in the freezer in a zip lock bag, unblanched. So I tried it and it worked for me. I have to say that they didn't stay in the freezer long and I'm not saying the method works for long term storage. I also freeze chopped onions, bell pepper & celery unblanched that I use for cooking.

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