Friday, July 20, 2012

putting up

update on the pink: thank you for your support! it is staying : ) we'll start working on getting it furnished now! goal is to have it ready by labor day, when my mom and sister come to visit.

so i've mentioned my farm share before... but i also travel for work. and if i'm not traveling, i'm working really long hours. which means i end up throwing away more food than i'm comfortable with - it's embarrassing the amount of food waste i throw out! my goal this season is to NOT waste so much (you know, besides the black banana i just put in the trash).

we had a TON of zucchini and a bunch of green beans that we were not going to eat before i went to north carolina this week, so i decided to freeze them for later.

i cut up the zucchini into cubes, since that's the way i typically use it. and i washed and cut the beans into the size i prefer (about an inch long).  then i blanched them - boil in UNSALTED water until al dente, then immediately place into an ice bath.

i just put a ton of ice in a measuring cup and used a slotted spoon to remove the veggies from the boiling water after about 3 minutes and into the ice bath.  i used the same water for both batches - the internet said i could! - to save clean-up time. then the cut, blanched veggies went onto wax paper to cool a bit. 

i put them in the freezer, exactly as shown.  after a couple of hours, i transferred them into separate freezer bags (next year, i'll do glass containers - one step at a time to reduce waste!).  freezing them spread out first eliminates the giant, icy clump that could happen and makes it easier for me to use a little bit at a time.  which is better, since i'm usually cooking for one or two. i did the same thing for the blueberries - minus the blanching. i just washed, dried, and spread them on a cookie sheet. once individually (mostly) frozen, i switched them into freezer bags. this is really important for the blueberries, because i only use a few at a time: oatmeal, smoothies, baking, yogurt. 

loving my adventures in home-making : )

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