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How to Harvest, Preserve & Freeze Kale (perfect for use in smoothies!)

Posted By Laura On August 16, 2013 @ 9:50 am

Here is how to prepare and preserve kale in small portions for your freezer.

  1. Begin by boiling a large pot of water on the stove.
  2. Prepare an ice bath in a large bowl and set it on the counter next to the pot on the stove.
  3. Set up a drying station for your kale with kitchen towels or paper towel next to the ice bath.
  4. Place a few ice cube trays next to the drying station.
  5. Prepare the kale by removing the thick stem in the leaves. I just ripped it out by hand. Rip the leaves into small pieces. I’m not too worried about size, but keep size in mind depending on recipes in which you might use the kale.
  6. Wash the kale, either by submerging it in a large bowl of water or by rinsing it in a colander.
  7. Once the water is boiling, add the kale to the pot of boiling water.
  8. Remove the kale after 2 ½ to 3 minutes with a slotted spoon (a pasta scooper spoon thing works well for this) and submerge the kale immediately in the ice bath to stop the cooking process. This process is called blanching and it prepares the kale for freezing by stopping enzyme actions that cause a loss of texture, flavor, and color. Your kale cook time starts when the kale is submerged, not when the water returns to a boil.
  9. Using the same slotted spoon, move the kale from the ice bath to your drying station. For this freezing method it’s not necessary to get the kale super dry, just remove as much water as you can on the towels.
  10. Push small handfuls of kale to almost the top of each ice cube hole.
  11. Put the trays in the freezer for about 4 hours or until the kale is completely frozen. Pop the kale out of the tray and store in a      freezer bag.

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