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I am going to be really strict with myself over the next couple of weeks and stop buying anything that isn't strictly necessary.
I bought a bag of carrots last week and they have sat in the fridge not touched since then. I can't even remember what was on my mind to do with them when I bought them. So this morning I set to and prepared them for the freezer
I don't always blanch fruit and vegetables before I freeze them but I thought I would this time as I want to compare which method is actually best. I have a bag of un-blanched and frozen carrots in the freezer already (another reason why I shouldn't have bought these!!).
So after a good scrub, a slicing and then bubbling away in boiling slightly salted water for about three minutes, they were tipped into cold water in the sink and then a colander. Once they were thoroughly drained they were patted a bit drier on a clean tea towel and then placed into my new open freezing trays in a single layer. Do you recognise the plastic trays the fish portions came in last week (see HERE).
They might not stack as well as my others but they do a brilliant job. I will give the trays a shake after about an hour or so in the freezer to make sure that none of the slices are sticking together, and then I will have free flowing carrot slices to bag up and use whenever I need them.
And in the interests of wasting NOTHING I am using the blanching water to make a pan full of soup for lunch, well I mean it's blanched three lots of carrots and there are lots of tiny carroty bits floating around in it as well as lots of the lovely vitamins that I would lose if I threw it away.
I simply added one carrot, half an onion, a handful of red lentils and a tablespoon of vegetable bouillon mix, it's now in the bottom oven of the Aga simmering away nicely and making the kitchen smell gorgeous.