How to Freeze Canned Vegetables

Things You'll Need

  • Colander

  • Medium saucepan

  • Freezer bag or container

  • Wire basket

  • Large bowl

  • Ice cubes

Uneaten canned veggies don't have to go to waste; you can freeze them.

Vegetables are an essential part of a balanced diet, and they can be bought fresh, frozen or canned. For those on a budget, the least expensive option is usually canned. Instead of throwing away the uneaten portion of your canned vegetables, you can easily freeze them to use in the future.

Step 1

Fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Open the canned vegetables and pour them into a wire basket.

Step 2

Insert the wire basket into the saucepan for blanching, which is the act of submerging vegetables in boiling water for a short period of time. This will destroy the enzymes that cause the vegetables to lose valuable nutrients.

Step 3

Shake the basket a couple of times while cooking to ensure all vegetables have been exposed to the heat. Bring the water back to a boil and let the canned vegetables boil for about two minutes.

Step 4

Remove the wire basket from the saucepan and submerge it into a large bowl filled with ice water. Allow the canned vegetables to cool completely.

Step 5

Remove the vegetables from the ice water and drain the excess water. Let the vegetables drain thoroughly. This will take five minutes.

Step 6

Pour the canned vegetables into a freezer bag or container and place in the freezer.

Tip

Blanching should only take a few minutes. Do not overcook the vegetables.

Save the blanching water to make vegetable stock.

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