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Freezing Fruits and Vegetables

If you're lucky enough to have a bountiful garden, you might be faced with more fruits and vegetables than you can eat. Freezing provides an easy way to store the excess harvest.

Fruits like strawberries and blueberries can be placed in the freezer in a single layer on a cookie sheet. This allows the fruits to freeze individually. Once frozen, transfer them to a zip-top bag or other plastic container. Fruits can also be packed in a sugar syrup before freezing.

Vegetables usually require an extra step called blanching. You'll need to boil or steam them for a specific period of time and then plunge them into a cold water bath.

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