Beans and raspberries frozen and tucked away for winter

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Despite the dastardly Japanese beetles that attacked my beans and raspberries, I have been fortunate to have a heavy yield of both crops. So I spent a fair amount of time this past weekend freezing batches of both.

Using the same method as previous years, I blanched both green and yellow beans for 3-4 minutes, then stuck them in ice water for the same amount of time. The only thing different this year was that I cut most of them into smaller pieces, rather than freeze them whole. In previous years, I have always left them whole. I think it is a bit easier when they are cut up, because they were easier to move around from the double boiler to the sink to the freezer bags. I’ve got about 20 quart-sized bags tucked away in the freezer for winter.

I have never frozen fresh raspberries before — frankly because I was always able to give them away. Or eat them. Probably more the latter than the former! But this summer I was on vacation when I picked two plastic ice cream pails full of the luscious berries and since I wasn’t about to go to work just to give them out, I figured I’d better find something to do with them. I made what appeared to be a good-looking raspberry coffee cake. I’m not much of a cake person, so I have to take my father-in-law’s word that it is good tasting as well as good looking! But I still had lots of berries left, so I started looking on Pinterest for a way to freeze them and found this recipe.

It was really easy — all I did was wash and clean the berries, let them drain a bit and then stack them on a cookie sheet. I’ll admit the first two pans I kept them in nice straight rows, but after that I figured I could freeze more a lot quicker if I didn’t try to be so neat about it all. Either way, as long as the berries weren’t gobbed together on the pan, they froze nicely — just two hours sitting on the pan in the freezer and they were hard enough to put into a freezer bag. I filled six quart-size bags each with a little more than 2 cups raspberries. Pressed out as much air as I could, then sealed them up and packed them away one floor down in the freezer from the beans.

Can’t wait for a nice tasty smoothie or raspberry dessert come winter time!

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  2. Posted by Ryan on August 8, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Wow, so cool!

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