When we visited Norfolk last week the voice was very happy when some family friends offered to let us have some fresh fruit and vegetables from their garden. They are all grown organically which makes them very tasty. The voice doesn’t want to waste any of the food and there is a lot of it so she said we should make some of the vegetables into soup and freeze the others. Just another way we can cut down on food waste for the Green Bean Challenge, this month!
She’s going to make butternut squash soup and courgette soup, with some of the vegetables and she’s freezing the green beans. She’s going to freeze the soup for when I’m in the new space and she’s too tired to cook. I don’t know why she’d be tired.
You can freeze your vegetables too. Here’s how to do it:
- Wash and prepare your vegetables as desired.
- If you have one, you could put your vegetable peelings on your compost heap or in your wormery.
- Blanch in boiling water. For most vegetables this is just a couple of minutes but for larger vegetables like corn-on-the-cob, this can be longer*. Once the two minutes is up, cover with cold water to stop them cooking any further.
- Place portions of the vegetables in containers or bags for freezing. The voice uses old takeaway boxes.
- All that’s left to do is freeze! In the case of green beans, you can keep them for twelve months. This will vary though, depending on the vegetable.
If you’re still not sure here’s a handy website that tells you all about it: www.organicgardening.com
We were also given some grapes and damsons. We are just going to eat the grapes because they are just too yummy, but the voice is going to make something called wine with the damsons. She’ll report back on that later. If there are any damsons left over, she’s going to make little pies. She says we can have them at christmas instead of mince pies.
The voice would love to grow more of her own vegetables and fruit but she says time just seems to run out. Time is a strange thing, I’ve heard the voice complain a lot about it. The voice says she’s going to try hard to grow more vegetables next year, when I’m in the new space but it all depends how much time I eat up. I didn’t realise time was a food, perhaps you can freeze that too?