Preserving Garden Bounty


s.jpgLast time I updated about the garden, the squash plants were in full force. We planted zucchini, yellow squash, and some patty pan squash. Squash always seems to do well, and we always have a plethora of the brightly colored vegetables. Truth be told, I was sick and tired of seeing, picking, and eating squash. That’s when it started to get bad. There was squash in the garden, in the refrigerator, and even on the counter. I finally decided to do something with it today.

I ended up freezing three gallon bags of various squashes and I’m thinking that tomorrow I’ll probably have at least that much more to do. This is what I did to freeze the squash so it will be yummy in the winter.

1. Washed and cut the pieces into a nice size for stir fry, casseroles, etc.

2. Started a large pot of water simmering to almost a boil.

3. Prepared an ice bath

4. Put the squash in the hot water for almost five minutes, just enough to get it nice and bright in color.

5. Removed the squash and put it in its ice bath.

6. After it was cool to the touch, I used my gallon sized Ziploc bags and put them in there. I stuck them in the freezer, and I was done!

I’ll have to be honest and say that there was some squash that went bad, as well as some green beans I didn’t get blanched in time. I’ll have to make sure that doesn’t happen again!

Do you prefer frozen or canned veggies?

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8 thoughts on “Preserving Garden Bounty

  1. cavewoman says:

    My freezer gets so much use, it’s crazy.

    I once calculated how much money it let me save ( over $400.00 in food expenses in one year).

    So for me….it’s Frozen. Absolutely.

    More nutritional value is retained in frozen than canned, and I find them easier to use than canned goods. (Homemade Jams and tomato sauces notwithstanding.)I also love to take ice cube trays and freeze basil in each cube. Makes for a nice quick way to spice my winter sauces.

    The only thing I don’t “love” about frozen food is the plastic containers. The ziploc freezer gallon bags are just so darn useful, and I haven’t found a superior non-plastic alternative. Maybe one day…

    Concerning store-canned goods:
    I don’t buy ” store-canned” beans, etc because of the plastic liners or aluminum liners that are in propercanned goods. Yes, they are good for food storage—especially if you have pantry space—but I am concerned about what those containers leak into the food and what that might mean to overall health.

    But Yay for you and your garden!
    I have garden envy.
    I wish mine was so productive.


    Mrs Money Reply:

    I have wanted to buy a deep freezer. I would love to have that down in my basement! I prefer frozen veggies to canned too. The only problem I could see is that last year we lost power during Hurricane Ike and I lost everything in my freezer. I would be SO MAD if we lost all the things I froze! 🙂

    I totally agree on the plastic Ziploc bags. I don’t like the idea of storing in plastic but I figured I had no alternative. I know some people freeze in their mason jars, but that’s just weird. I don’t buy the canned beans either, but I am bad about actually soaking and making the beans. We have some beans soaking in the fridge from… over a week ago I think… horrible!

    Come over and I will share my garden! 🙂


  2. Mrs. Accountability says:

    Mrs. Money, I found about a place called Ample Harvest – I linked to my post about it. You can donate your excess veggies to a food pantry in your area. I have not found one near me yet. I also blanch and freeze my veggies, but I like to fill the gallon bag so that I can flatten it and squish a line at the halfway point so that I can take out just half the bag frozen, instead of having to thaw out the whole bag. I don’t see Gardening in your categories – do you ever post photos of your garden – would love to photos sometime! 🙂


    Mrs Money Reply:

    That is awesome! I will have to look into that.

    I’ll have to put some new pictures up soon- our fall crops are coming along nicely! 🙂


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