How to Freeze Kale | Preserving Kale
Kale can easily be frozen to be used in smoothies, soups, and stews! Learn how to preserve kale by freezing it with just a few simple steps!
Kale is a wonderful leafy green vegetable with seemingly magical properties to it. In fact, it is one of the most nutrient rich foods we can eat, it is full of vitamins and minerals and packed with antioxidants!
While a kale salad can be a delicious lunch option, adding frozen kale to soups, stews, and smoothies is a great way to bulk up your kale intake without eating bowls and bowls of it!
Kale is also a very easy vegetable to grow on your own (learn how to grow your own kale). It does very well in cooler climates and thrives well into the fall. I love growing kale in my garden, and seem to have an abundance of it at the end of the summer.
Can kale be frozen?
To preserve the excess kale that grows in my garden, I freeze it to be used throughout the winter in soups and smoothies. I love kale smoothies, they are a great way to eat veggies for breakfast! Kale can easily be frozen by blanching the greens in boiling water for three minutes.
How long does kale last in the freezer?
When frozen and stored properly, kale will last for about a year in the freezer. However, I doubt it will last that long!
How To Freeze and Preserve Kale
Step 1: De-stem the green (with a knife or by tearing).
Step 2: Roughly chop the greens (or tear).
Step 3: Blanche the greens for 3 minutes in softly boiling water. Promptly remove after 3 minutes, and place in a bowl of ice water.
Step 4: Remove the greens from the ice water, pat dry, and divide into freezer bags. Squeeze out the air from the freezer bags, and store in the freezer for up to a year.