How to freeze fruit and vegetables

Keen to freeze your fruit and vegetables but don’t want them to clump together? Find out how to avoid wastage with this handy open freezing method.

Points to remember

  • Open freeze fruit and prepared veg by placing on a non-stick baking sheet or one lined with baking parchment, space each piece well apart and then freeze until solid.
  • Place into freezer bags and label.
  • Most vegetables need to be blanched before freezing.
  • Place in boiling water and cook for 1-3 mins (depending on the vegetable), then remove with a slotted spoon and plunge into ice cold water to stop the cooking. Open freeze as explained above.

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Open freezing allows you to store fruits and veg without them clumping in a big block and allows you to use what you need as and when, instead of having to defrost the whole amount.


Some vegetables can’t be frozen, such as chicory, cucumber, endive, kale, lettuce, radishes and Jerusalem artichokes.

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