Looking to learn how to freeze fresh parsnips? – It’s no secret that roast parsnips are my favourite roasted vegetable.
Honestly, they are delicious!
Around Christmas time, I find that you can buy bags and bags of parsnips for pennies and I love to buy them and freeze them for later use.
Here are the methods I’ve used to freeze roast parsnips successfully.
P.s. If your parsnips are already roasted, then you’re going to want to follow the guide to freezing roasted vegetables instead.
Tools & Equipment For Freezing Food
These are my tried and tested tools and equipment for freezing food.
Whether it’s fresh fruits or completely prepared meals these tools will make the process easier, and the food last longer and taste better!
Containers – We opt for glass containers as they are better for the environment, much higher quality and don’t stain like plastic, however they are an investment.
So if you’re short on money buy high-quality plastic containers in the meantime.
Just be sure that you buy your containers in a range of sizes as you’ll be using them to freeze and store a range of different foods.
Ziplock Bags – Invest in quality freezer bags and they’ll help keep out air, prevent frost and keep your food fresh for longer.
The majority of the high-quality ziplock bags come with a small area for you to write information about the food (i.e. what it is, when it was frozen and defrosting instructions) on the bag.
Ice Cube Trays – Ice cube trays can help you freeze more than just water. Instead, we use them for freezing small portions of food such as egg whites, tomato sauce, pesto etc.
Simply add the food to the tray, freeze and once frozen pop the food out and into a ziplock bag, then you can simply take one or two portions of food out and defrost as needed.
Foil Baking Containers – We use foil baking containers when we’re batch cooking frozen meals.
They are affordable, durable and come in a variety of sizes allowing you to portion out or put everything in one large container to be cooked at a later date.
If all that wasn’t enough, the majority of meals are safe to be cooked in the oven with the foil container. This reduces the amount of hassle, time and washing up you’ll have to do – winner!
How To Freeze Fresh Parsnips
Begin the process of freezing your fresh parsnips by peeling them by either using a sharp knife or a vegetable peeler.
Once all your parsnips are peeled you can begin cutting them into cubes. You want each cube to be around 2.5cm squared.
Next, we’ll want to blanch the parsnips.
The benefit of blanching is that it preserves the taste and texture of the parsnips.
While you can freeze your parsnips without blanching, they are likely to become soggy and lose flavour quicker as a result.
To blanch parsnips bring a pan to the boil and add the parsnips cubes for around two minutes.
After two minutes remove the parsnips and put them into a bowl of ice-cold water for five minutes.
After the five minutes remove the parsnips from the bowl of water and onto a towel or cloth to dry.
Once dried lay your parsnip cubes out on a baking tray without them touching.
Then pop the tray into the freezer for around two to four hours – This is what’s known as flash freezing.
After this time remove the parsnips from the freezer and put them into a suitable container.
Consider bagging or storing the parsnips in portion sizes so you only have to remove what you need when cooking your parsnips.
Be sure to write the date frozen and the item on the freezable container as it’s very easy to forget what an item is and when it was frozen.
Parsnips can be safely stored in the freezer for up to one year.
How To Defrost Fresh Parsnips
Now you know how to freeze fresh parsnips, you’re going to want to understand the process of defrosting or thawing your parsnips for cooking.
To begin, remove your parsnips from the freezer. Then move the portion you’d like into the refrigerator and leave them overnight or for around 12 hours.
If you want to speed up the thawing process consider leaving them out on the counter in your kitchen at room temperature.
This way the parsnips will be defrosted in a couple of hours.
With either method be sure to put a plate or towel under the parsnips to ensure that any water is captured and doesn’t leak within your fridge or on your kitchen countertops.