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Homemade/DIY Frozen Vegetables: Can steaming be used instead of blanching?

I want to try making my own frozen veg since they go bad fairly quickly in my fridge. I've got carrots, beans and some greens. I've never blanched anything before, so I'm willing to try, and I ...
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blanch after vacuum seal?

Since there's problems vacuum sealing after blanching due to excess water is there a problem sealing the fresh vegetables first and then boiling the package to get the same effect as blanching?
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How to store blanched garlic?

I've gone through the process of immersing my garlic in boiled water 3 times to remove that bitter taste. But how do I store it? I've blanched close to 5 heads of garlic (40-ish cloves). I would ...
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Potato Crisp making

I read that 100kg of potato will process 35kg of potato crisp. I have tried it and did not achieve that result. I used 100kg of potato to process only 15kg of potato crisp.Please does blanching have ...
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Why blanche vegetables before freezing?

I have a bumper crop of french beans, runners, and (earlier in the summer) peas. I know that we're supposed to blanche vegetables prior to freezing and my general purpose cookbooks tell me how long to ...
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Is blanch freezing vegetables required for short term storage?

I need some vegetables to last for about a month until I've juiced them all. Blanch freezing many vegetables sees them last for periods 6 months and longer, but it's a bit of a hassle. Would just ...
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Did I blanch baby-cut carrots correctly?

The Cook's Illustrated How-to-Cook Library suggests blanching 3/4 lb baby carrots for crudités in boiling salted water until bright orange, about 15 s. I added a tablespoon of salt to almost four ...
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What does “shocking” food do?

I've seen different recipes and some shows on TV that show a method of "shocking" the food; boiling it and then when ready, placing it in ice water. What does this do for the food?
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How to blanch and peel nuts?

I recently blanched and peeled the "skin" off 500g of shelled pistachios and 500g of almonds. For the pistachios I poured boiling water over them, waited a minute, strained, and then rubbed the nuts ...
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How do baking supply companies blanch their hazelnuts?

A friend of ours used to own a chocolate factory, and she would get blanched hazelnuts in big boxes. These were only lightly toasted, if at all, but they were perfectly cleaned - not a single ...
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Blanching time for different vegetables

Well my rule of thumb is to boil the following vegetables for that time before putting them in the ice bath: 1 minute for broccoli 3 minutes for carrots 2 minutes for beans 1 minute for flat beans 4 ...