Kale is a leafy vegetable that can be used in many dishes. Some people prefer to juice kale so they don’t have to eat it. They still get the nutritional value but don’t have to eat the kale. Learning how to freeze kale so you can use it as you need it is very simple. Just follow the steps below to have a batch ready to use when you need it.
How to Freeze Kale
Prepare the Kale
The very first thing you need to do is separate the leaves. Kale is very leafy and some of those leaves tend to stick together. If they are stuck together then you can’t clean them properly and you won’t be able to use them like you want to. Just pull the leaves apart until they are completely separate of each other.
The next thing you are going to do is rinse the kale off. Place each leaf under running water and use your hands to remove any dirt or debris. After you rinse it off you will blanch it.
Fill a large pot with water. Place the pot on the stove and bring the water to a boil. Place each leaf in the water. Allow the water to boil for 3 minutes. Remove the kale from the water and immediately drain it. Rinse each leaf with cool water so it does not continue to cook. The blanching process stops enzymes and bacteria from growing. Freezing the food does not stop this process. That’s why you should blanche your vegetables to be safe.
Raw or Cooked
You can freeze kale raw or cooked. You can even dry it and crush it up instead of freezing it. How ever you prepare it before freezing it, make sure to separate the leaves. Allow each leaf to dry before freezing it. You can flash freeze them first to make things easier. To do this, just lay each leaf separately on a flat sheet like a cookie sheet. Place the sheet in the freezer. When the kale is frozen, place one leaf at a time in a bag. You might even break each leaf into pieces and put the pieces in a bag.
Be sure to mark each bag to indicate whether the kale is cooked or raw. This will help you when you go to use your kale in a dish. After you learn how to freeze kale don’t be afraid to get creative with it. You can add it to smoothies, juices, stews, casseroles, and other dishes. You’ll be amazed by the health benefits.