When produce is in season it’s cheap and a deal is easy to come by. I like to eat grilled asparagus all year ’round though so when it’s cheap I buy a lot and freeze it! I know this might be super obvious but it is something I’ve done for years and it allows us to eat whatever veggie or fruit that sounds good regardless of whether it’s in season or not. It’s also another trick to keeping our weekly grocery budget so low. This weekend I stocked up on asparagus and over the summer I stocked up on strawberries, we’re still using them 6+ months later in smoothies. They’re deliciously sweet and nothing like the ones we would have to buy in the middle of the winter plus we made amazing Homemade Strawberry Jam with them too!
For quite some time I used the affordable over the counter Ziploc Vacuum Starter and Bags to freeze various food. However recently we upgraded to a FoodSaver from Costco, we bought the lower end model for $64 (after an instant $20 rebate). I’m so happy we did this, it’s made the process so much quicker and easier! However the Ziploc Vacuum works very well too!
Here’s a tip when freezer asparagus (and brussels sprouts) the key is to blanch them first. Drop them into boiling water for 2-3 minutes then immediately place them into a cold water ice bath. Blanching stops enzyme actions which can cause loss of flavor, color and texture. Until vegetables are harvesting, the enzymes cause them to grow and develop their color and flavor. By blanching them you stop that process keeping them as close to farm to table fresh as possible.
If you’re planning to stockpile produce or anything in your freezer for that matter, make sure you use this printable freezer inventory form so you don’t forget what you have.