So why do I need blanch stuff before freezing it? I've just picked a load of French beans earlier and I'm wanting to freeze some so was looking up whether to blanch them or not and opinion seems to…Continue
"I love this time of year when everyone gets obsessed with chitting potatoes, and yet no-one questions 'why bother?' I was having a browse through my books and online the other day, and NONE of them have a good reason to do it. The RHS say…"
"Everbearer strawberries are a definite on my list. I'm also going to get a Mirabelle de Nancy tree and will be experimenting with attempting to grow melons, sweetcorn, ginger and lemongrass - well I like a challenge ;)
I'm going to give…"
"My garlic was very poor, and I'm still not sure why since everyone else did really well with theirs! All my squashes struggled with the long dry summer, as did the potatoes (they were small) - but at least they didn't get blight.
"Several months later I know, but just to say I did try this although on a somewhat smaller scale using jam jars to ferment the seed in and plates to dry them on. Whilst I've not sowed any to check on germination I've probably got about…"
"When I took on my first plot (just over 5 years ago) I had my pick of about 100 plots, but then the site did resemble a woodland. At the time I had my name down on another site and eventually got one about 3 and a half years.
On the first site we…"
"Interesting one isn't it? I read GYO and saw Monty on GW which got me thinking about it too. I've tended to grow some now and again, the most successful being the mustards, but as to whether it's been of any great benefit other than…"
"I froze some nice purple french beans at the end of last year .Just popped them in a freezer bag didnt even cut them I just snap them if I want them shorter.the few that are left still have a good colour ."
"I don't know about beans but can vouch for leeks not needing blanching before freezing. I wash and peel off outer layer and slice into discs and freeze then raw like that. Ready to throw straight into pan frozen."
"I'm not looking forward to the scene of devestation when I get down there to be honest, and my Borlotti beans were doing so well :>( As long as the polytunnel is still there though and there are still some apples left :o"
"I potted some runners up in small pots a couple of years ago and left them out on the allotment. They got frozen, waterlogged and then covered in snow for some time - they were absolutely fine and grew into good plants when I planted them out."