Whether piled high at a local farm stand or pouring in from your garden, fresh produce is plentiful, ripe and ready to eat. But what if your family won't (or can't) eat an entire bushel of beans at one sitting? You can't let them (the beans) go to waste.
Freezing fresh fruits and vegetables keeps flavor and nutrients intact. It's cheaper and easier than canning too. Yet you still need to know a thing or two about the effect of very cold temperatures on the summer harvest.
The first rule is "Don't freeze vegetables that are usually eaten raw." For instance, green beans freeze well while lettuce or cucumbers collapse into green slime.