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Published on 4/23/2014
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by Ann Oakley

CANNING Versus Freezing Your Produce

by Ann Oakley

When your gardening season is coming to a close, or you find a great buy on summer produce. I am sure you will be looking for ways to preserve it.  You will probably be looking at Freezing or canning and of course there is drying.
But for this review, I will have you looking at Freezing and canning and the pros and cons of both.

You will be surprised to find out the large variety of foods you can freeze,. Like tomatoes, for instance, and bell peppers.

The Pros of Freezing Produce

You will not need any special equipment for freezing, I spread the produce on a cookie sheet after it freezes I transfer it to freezer bags or seal in food savers bags, you may also freeze in Ball Jars.
Since there will be no sterilization of containers or long cooking times, you will have your produce put away faster with little or no “ fuss”

Since you will not be pressure cooking and boiling water for baths to blanch your produce and sterilizing jars, freezing is a safer alternative, if you have children that could get burned.

Your frozen foods are virtually immune to spoilage as long as they are in the freezer. Of course you may get some freezer burn, but the low temperatures stops bacteria growth.

Cons of Freezing Produce

There's no doubt that freezing your produce affects its texture. Plant foods are made up of mostly water, when frozen the plant cells expand and causes the cell walls to burst of course you than have “floppy” produce

Space :
If you don't have a separate freezer, storing the harvest in your home freezer attached to the fridge can take up a lot of space. Now you will have to weigh the Pros and cons of purchasing a separate freezer.


If your power goes out for several days you could lose your frozen produce.


Pros of Canning Produce


When canning your own foods you can choose how much and what combinations of foods to can.

 Storage :

You don't need a Freezer for canned goods as you would for frozen. When your power goes out, your canned goods will be just fine in the pantry or cellar.

Cons of Canning Produce

There is some controversy that cooking destroys nutrients, that freezing tends to preserve.


pressure Canner is pretty much essential for canning any low-acid food, and you will find that they are not necessarily cheap. You will also find you will need jars, tongs, wide mouth funnels etc.


There are some special precautions you will need to take when canning. One is to make sure everything is sterilized and the heat is high enough and applied long enough.

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