Preparing for isolation: Tip #9

How can I prepare and store fresh veg to make it last longer?

A lot of fresh vegetables, for example, root veg or courgette, peppers and aubergines can be roasted and then stored in the fridge for a few days to be eaten as you need them.

Beans, greens, cauliflower and broccoli, for example, can be frozen. It’s best to blanch them first (cook in boiling water for a couple of minutes and then cool quickly in cold water). Cauliflower and broccoli could also be turned into ‘rice’ before freezing – simply blitz in a food processor and freeze in portions.

You could steam/boil and then mash carrot, swede, celeriac, turnips and beetroot then freeze.

If you haven’t got much freezer space then pickling and preserving is an option for a wide range of vegetables.

Tomatoes can be slow roasted and stored in the fridge for a couple of days or you could put them in a sterilised jar in some oil.

What have you got that you needs preserving and I’ll share some more ideas.

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