Since the kale in my garden has been so abundant lately, here is another way of stockpiling it for later use. My first article was on Drying Kale.
This time we are going to look at freezing kale to use later. I like to add kale to soups that I make in the crock pot during the wintertime. It is a great addition to bean soups or vegetable soups. It is a boost of nutrition to those soups.
Here is a picture of my freshly picked kale.
Be sure to wash your kale thoroughly.
Once you have your large bunch washed, have a large stock pot full of water that you have brought to a boil. Drop your kale in and blanch it for 2 minutes.
When the time is up, quickly drain your kale in a collander.
And then place it, immediately, in a nice ice cold water bath.
Once you have shocked it with the cold, ice bath (to stop it from further cooking), you can place it on paper towels (I use kitchen towels) to let it dry off slightly.
I use a kitchen shears to cut it into smaller bite size pieces and place them in a freezer container.
I fill my containers with approximately 1 cup of the greens, as this is just the right amount to add to your soups.
Once you have filled your containers, but sure to label and date them.
This is a very easy process and hardly takes any time at all. You can have a very, very large bunch of the greens and minimize them to several small containers. Perfect for soups or adding greens to other things, like quiche, casseroles, etc....
I would love to know any other ideas you have for using kale, fresh or frozen.....
Enjoy! Until next time, Julie
Julie is Merissa's mom and she's committed to living a frugal and simple lifestyle. Julie grows her own herbs in her garden and enjoys making things at home. You can now find her home remedies and ideas here at Little House Living.
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