Freeze Food For Easier Preservation
Freezing is one of the most common and trusted food preservation
techniques. A simple and quick process, freezing food slows the loss of
nutritive qualities and prevents food spoilage. Once defrosted, frozen
foods are similar to fresh foods in texture, flavor and color, making it
the most popular method of food preservation.
What You Need to Freeze
Freezing recipe. Check out
Ball Canning Back to Basics, Ball Complete Guide to Home
Preserving, or The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving for
more information, how-to's and recipes.
- Common kitchen utensils and meal preparation equipment
Freezer containers or packaging, like freezer safe Ball®
canning jars, plastic freezer bags, vacuum packages, freezer foil or
- Fresh produce and other quality ingredients.
Jars for Freezing:
It’s important to note that not all jars are freezer-safe. Jars with
tapered sides or straight sides are freezer safe; shouldered jars are
not. This Jar Selection Guide should also help in choosing a freeze-safe
Simply Frozen in Eight Steps
Stack only after food is completely frozen.
1. Review recipe and instructions.
2. Gather equipment and ingredients.
3. Choose the storage containers appropriate for the frozen food. Wash,
rinse and dry containers.
TIP: Use rigid containers for foods that are liquid or semi-liquid at
room temperature and flexible wrap for foods that are solid at room
4. Prep fresh produce and other quality ingredients according to the
recipe. Most vegetables and some fruits benefit from pretreatment
techniques like blanching.
TIP: Most vegetables and some fruits benefit from pretreatment
techniques like blanching. Blanching (heating in steam or water for a
specific time, then cooling quickly) sets color, slows enzyme action,
and kills many spoilage microorganisms.
5. Pack prepared food in appropriate freezer containers or wrap with
freezer packaging according to the recipe instructions. For rigid
containers, leave ½-inch headspace to allow for expansion of liquids.
6. Label with the date and name of the product.
7. Freeze in a single layer near the coldest part of the freezer.
TIP Stack only after food is completely frozen.
8. Store at 0°F in the freezer for the recommended length of time.
Try It Out - Strawberry-Blueberry Freezer Jam
Makes about 6 (½-PT.) Jars
- 4 cups fresh blueberries
- 4 cups halved fresh strawberries
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 5 Tbsp. Ball® Real Fruit™ Instant Pectin
Pulse blueberries in a food processor until finely chopped, stopping
to scrape down sides as needed. Place in a medium bowl. Pulse
strawberries in food processor until finely chopped, stopping to
scrape down sides as needed. Add to blueberries in bowl. Stir in
sugar; let stand 15 minutes.
Gradually stir in pectin; stir 3 minutes. Let stand 5
Spoon into jars, leaving ½ inch headspace. Center lid on jars.
Apply bands and adjust loosely. Once jam is frozen, adjust bands to
fingertip-tight. Store in freezer up to 1 year. Thaw in
refrigerator. Refrigerate after thawing, and use within 3
Download a printable step-by-step freezing guide