“How To Freeze Fresh Kale” is a simple guide for anyone looking to freeze kale for later. It advises to avoid washing and prepping kale until closer to the time of freezing. Start by washing the kale in cold water then let it air dry. Once it is dry, use either a food processor or cut the kale by hand into small pieces. Place these pieces into freezer-safe bags or containers and make sure they are tightly sealed to prevent freezer burn. Allow the kale to freeze completely before defrosting and using.
How To Freeze Fresh Kale
- Select the Fresh Kale: Look for dark green, crisp leaves with no visible signs of damage or discoloration.
- Wash the Kale: Fill a large bowl or sink with cold water and add in a few tablespoons of white vinegar. Swirl the kale in the water to dislodge dirt and debris, then rinse the kale several times with fresh water.
- Blanch the Kale: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add in the kale and blanch for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse the kale immediately using cold water to stop the cooking process.
- Dry the Kale: Pat the leaves dry with a clean kitchen towel.
- Freeze the Kale: Place the dried kale leaves on a baking sheet and place in the freezer. Freeze for 2 hours, then remove the tray and place the kale leaves in a resealable freezer bag. Seal and return the bag to the freezer.