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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Friday, 12 July 2013

A Good Way to Freeze Summer Fruits.

This is a simple tip.
 I use this idea, when I am freezing the berries and blackcurrants that I have harvested from the allotment.

  • After cleaning and preparing the fruit, when it is ready to go into the freezer, I place it on a shallow flat baking sheet, spreading it out over the surface so that the fruits are not touching each other. I usually put a sheet of reusable 'silicone baking sheet liner' on the tray first, so that the fruit sits on top of that on the baking tray. Using the 'silicone baking sheet' (which looks a bit like old fashioned grease-proof paper only it is reusable)  has two helpful things about it; firstly it stops the fruit sticking to the baking tray.  I have to admit that often use the older baking trays for this task. Secondly, when the fruit has frozen you can carefully pick up the silicone sheet and tip the fruit into a suitable container to store it in the freezer until you want to use it. 

Here is the simple quick to read, list version of how to freeze home grown fruit so that it does not stick together and is easier to use. 

[By using this method you can use just some of the fruit in the container (instead of having to tackle a fruit iceberg).]

  • Prepare the fruit.
  • Place a silicone baking sheet on top of a shallow baking tray.
  • Spread the fruit to be frozen on top of the baking sheet, do this in a single layer.
  • Put into the freezer, until the fruits are frozen.
  • Now you can transfer them into the freezer container you want to keep them in until you use them.
  • Result should be frozen individual berries or fruit that are easier to use.
*  If you are freezing cooked berries -

  • you can freeze individual portions: 
by using silicone muffin or bun baking cases to put the portions in until they are frozen.


a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote