Q. I live in a rural area and I’m surrounded by farms. I like to support local farmers, and I buy a lot of fresh, local vegetables from farmers in my area. Although I will eat vegetables in pretty much any form, my favourite way is roasted. I put roasted vegetables in sandwiches, soups, pasta, or just eat them alone as a side dish. The thing is, roasting vegetables takes a long time and I can’t always be bothered to do it when I feel like eating some. I’ve been thinking about roasting vegetables and then freezing them to eat later, but I’m not sure if they will taste the same after being frozen. Can you freeze roasted vegetables?
A. Yes, you can freeze roasted vegetables! In fact, roasting and then freezing vegetables is a great way to preserve vegetables that you don’t want to go bad. It’s really easy to do, and they will still taste just as good after being frozen, so long as you protect them from freezer burn.
How to freeze roasted vegetables?
The first step is to start with the freshest roasted vegetables possible. Roast them however you typically do, whether it’s in the oven or over a fire. Then, let them cool completely before freezing. If you have roasted them in olive oil or another oil, you will find that when they freeze the oil will become cloudy and will change colour. That’s not a problem, it’s just what happens when oil gets cold. It will go back to normal upon defrosting.
When ready to freeze, lay the roast vegetables in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the freezer to flash freeze the vegetables. This will stop them from sticking together in the freezer and forming one big clump. Once the vegetables are firm to the touch, remove the baking sheet from the freezer. Place the vegetables in a freezer bag. Squeeze out the excess air, seal the bag, then label and date it. Laying the vegetables flat in the bag will make it easy to stack the bag in the freezer.
To use frozen roasted vegetables, remove them from the freezer the night before use, or in the morning if planning on using them for dinner. They can be thawed in the refrigerator or on the counter. If you need them in a hurry, they can also be thawed by running the sealed bag under a stream of water, or by placing the vegetables in a microwave safe bowl and defrosting them in the microwave.