When we think about preserving fruit and vegetables, we usually think of jams, jellies, pickles, and canned goods. But the freezer is also a much-overlooked tool for preserving. No, it's not really a good option for most city-dwellers; you can't very well pack a summer's worth of tomatoes in a tiny freezer. But if you live in a larger home or have access to a chest freezer, then you can preserve summer fruits and vegetables so easily.
This week I threw an entire bag full of jalapeño peppers into the freezer; I pulled them straight off the prolific plant in my garden and dumped them in the freezer. I'll pull them out one by one over the winter for use in curries.
Tomatoes, though, are my favorite thing to freeze. If you plan on using them in sauces and stews, then freezing is a perfectly good option. In fact, after they have thawed in the fridge or in the microwave, you can just pull the skins right off, as Emma demonstrated recently.
If you have access to a big freezer, don't forget to use it for summer goodies; buy a flat of late-season tomatoes, dump them in freezer bags, and stash them away for the dark days of winter!
Do you do much preserving in your freezer? Or do you only have space for canned goods?
(Images: Faith Durand)