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My garden is full of kale right now and despite the fact that we’ve been enjoying kale salad and dried kale we are not able to eat it all. So I decided to freeze some. This is a very simple process.

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Select your kale that you want to freeze. Pick early in the day so the greens are crisp and fresh. About 14 pounds of greens makes 7-quart bags.

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Small bunch of kale.

Wash the greens and cut off any of the woody stems or damaged pieces.

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Rinsed Kale

Get a large pot of boiling water ready; it should be about 2/3rds full. You will also need a large bowl full of ice and cold water.

Because the kale contains enzymes and bacteria that over time will break down and destroy nutrients and change the color, flavor and texture during storage, kale requires a brief heat treatment called blanching. Basically it means placing your kale in the boiling water  for two minutes.

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Blanching Kale

Then place in the ice water for two minutes.

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Ice Bath


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Drain and dry kale

Use your foodsaver or a Ziploc bag. You want to get as much air out of the bag as possible.

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Kale ready for the freezer.

That’s it! You’re done. Place your kale in the freezer and it will be ready to use this winter.

Linked to: LauraWillaimsMusings, ThePrudentPantry, HomesteadRevival, ThePrairieHomestead, TheMorrisTribe, MamalDiane, PremeditatedLeftovers

10 comments on “Prudent Pantry: Preserving Kale

Laura on July 27, 2012 1:43 pm

Timely post as we were given some kale. Ours didn’t even grow this year. Great step by step too! Thank you for sharing this at the Carnival of Home Preserving!

Natalie on July 27, 2012 3:00 pm

How timely. I have a bunch of kale I need to freeze but I thought I would have to sautee it all first. This will be much faster. Thanks for sharing.

KarenLynn@Lil' Suburban Homestead on July 31, 2012 1:35 am

Nancy I had no idea that I could freeze kale. It grows beautifully here and I absolutely adore it. Thanks somuch for sharing this!

Nancy on July 31, 2012 1:49 am

Karen Lynn, It’s a great way to have kale on hand for those winter soups!

Lucy G on July 31, 2012 2:03 pm

Kale is such a pretty plant. It can be chopped and then blanched and chilled. I spread it out on cookie sheets (after draining as much as possible) then freeze it for a few hours.. The cookie sheets can twisted and the kale comes loose. Sometimes a spatula is necessary. Place in freezer bags. Kale can be added to rice dishes and to scalloped potatoes, stews, soups………

Nancy on July 31, 2012 2:12 pm

Great tips Lucy, thanks for sharing!

'Becca on July 31, 2012 5:27 pm

I just freeze it raw and finely shredded, and I think it tastes great! Here are many ways to use kale, most of which work with frozen as well as fresh.

Nancy on July 31, 2012 6:08 pm

Thanks for the link, I have lots of kale, I’ll have to try just shredding it and freezing it!

Barb @ A Life in Balance on July 31, 2012 6:56 pm

Love this! I didn’t grow kale this year, though I love the taste of kale cooked in bacon grease. I’ve frozen it as you’ve described, and I’ve also dried it. I crumble the dried kale in soups and stews.

Alea @ Premeditated Leftovers on August 7, 2012 3:31 am

Great tutorial. I am featuring this post as part of my highlights on the H&S Hop this week.

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