Summer brings an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. Sometimes, we have more food than we can use. Maybe you have a high yielding garden or are stockpiling to make fewer trips to the local grocery. Put your freezer to good use this summer by freezing some fresh in-season foods for you to enjoy all year round. Freezing can save you money and keep you from wasting food. By following some simple freezing techniques, you can ensure that your food is safe to eat and tastes great!

Aside from unopened canned foods and eggs in shells, you can freeze almost anything! Freezing is a quick and easy method used to extend the shelf life of perishable foods. Some foods don’t freeze well and may separate or become mushy like mayonnaise, cream sauce and lettuce. However, most perishable foods like meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables and fruits are great freezing options to maintain their safety and quality.

Virginia Aparicio is Health and Human Sciences educator with Purdue Extension Elkhart County. She can be reached at 574-533-0554 or vaparici@purdue.edu.

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