Freezing kale is a great way to keep it fresh for long periods of time. To begin, you should wash and dry the kale thoroughly. Trim the ends off of the stem, remove any wilted or damaged leaves, and cut the kale into smaller pieces. Blanching the kale will help preserve its color and texture. To do this, boil a pot of water and add the kale for 2-3 minutes before draining and putting it in ice water. On a cookie sheet, spread the kale out into a single layer and place in the freezer overnight. Once frozen, transfer it into freezer-safe containers or bags for easy access. By following these steps, you can keep your kale fresh for up to a year.
How to Freeze Kale
Kale is a super food that can be easily frozen and stored in your freezer for future use:
- Wash: Thoroughly wash the kale in cold water and gently pat dry.
- Prepare: Remove the woody stems and the center core, then tear or chop the leaves into desired size pieces.
- Blanch: Put 8-10 cups of kale into boiling water for 2 minutes and then immediately plunge it into cold water.
- Package: Place the blanched kale in airtight freezer bags and squeeze out excess air.
- Freeze: Label and date the bags and place in the freezer: they will stay fresh for up to 8 months.
This quick and easy process will help you store nutrient-rich kale to use in your recipes all year long!