Sunday, June 26, 2011

Freezing – Kale, Broccoli, Herbs

My goal with a whole share for our family was to get items stored. I have frozen the kale the past two weeks, this week I froze the broccoli, and herbs will likely get frozen every week.
Kale in Ice Bath

Freezing Kale

Bring several inches of water to a boil. Discard stems and rough chop Kale. Add the Kale to the water and set a timer for 3 minutes. Immediately remove the Kale from the water and place in an ice bath. When the ice has melted drain Kale well. Freeze – I use zip top freezer bags.

Broccoli Cooling Before Being Bagged

Freezing Broccoli

Remove woody sections and leaves off the broccoli stalk. Cut the stalk into thin disc and prepare florets. Bring an inch or two of water to a boil and add steamer to pot. Steam stalk discs 2 minutes, then add florets and steam and additional 5 minutes. Remove broccoli and immediately rinse with cold water. Freeze.

Freezing Herbs

My favorite way is chopping the herbs and freezing them in ice cube trays. Here is my post on the method from last year.

Later this summer I’ll work on freezing pesto made from Basil, Parsley, and Cilantro.

Sites I found helpful in freezing these vegetables.

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