At N1 we offer a wide variety of frozen foods, from frozen pizza, dairy products, herbs, French fries and burgers to fruit and wholesale frozen vegetables – which we like to call ‘better than fresh’. Studies have shown that in most cases flash-frozen vegetables are equal in nutrition to fresh vegetables and in some cases actually superior to their fresh counterparts which have endured considerably more handling, longer storage, chemicals to delay spoiling and greater exposure to the elements on the retail floor.
While these high-quality frozen food products are readily available at N1 and are perfect for the restaurant industry, there’s a lot to be said for doing some DIY frozen fruit and vegetables when there’s a surplus of fresh produce. And it’s really not that hard, in fact it’s as easy as 1-2-3.
- Prepare the fruit or veg by cutting it up into smaller pieces – cauliflower and broccoli into small florets, carrots peeled and sliced, leafy greens trimmed, stone fruits pitted and cut into sixths, strawberries hulled and halved, and tomatoes cored.
- The next step is to blanch the produce. Blanching involves placing the relevant food in boiling water, allowing the water to come back up to the boil again, cooking the item for 2-3 minutes and then transferring the fruit or vegetable into ice water to stop the cooking process. Blanching is essential because it kills bacteria and slows the vitamin and mineral loss – in essence sealing in the goodness.
- Drain and dry the produce, then arrange each item separately on a baking sheet and freeze until frozen. Once frozen, pack the vegetables or fruit into ziplock bags - vacuum sealers are ideal for this as they provide a more airtight finish – and return to the freezer.
And there you go – DIY fruit and veg in three easy steps! Now whenever you need a quick vegetable side dish, tomato pasta sauce or frozen fruit for a power smoothie, you have everything you need ready and waiting in your freezer.
Whether you choose to flash-freeze food on a small scale or need ‘better than fresh’ wholesale frozen vegetables on a grander scale, remember that N1 has everything you need, from French fries and hash browns to julienned vegetables and everything else in between so call them today!