If you are wondering how to freeze kale you are in the right place. Freezing kale is incredibly quick and easy and a great way to keep them fresh all year round.
How many times has it been that a vegetable was spoiled while in your fridge or pantry?
I know, it feels terrible to see a fresh vegetable go bad and you have to spend money once again to buy that vegetable.
What if I told you that you could freeze almost all of the vegetables, including kale? Once you have frozen the kale in your freezer, you can use it any time in your cooking!
Can you freeze kale?
Yes, the vegetable kale can be frozen, which will help you save money and time in preparing delicious meals.
Kale is usually available in bags, and it can be hard to finish the whole bag in a short time. That’s why it is common to see good-looking fresh kale turn into something resembling a slime.
Also, that’s why it is important to freeze any extra Kale that you bought. In that way, you will save your precious money and be ready to use kale at a moment’s notice in any of your cooking!
How to Freeze Kale [Step by Step]
This green-looking vegetable is packed with Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, and Vitamin C. Among all of its nutrients, Vitamin C is present in the highest amount.
A 100 gram serving of kale can contain up to 200% Vitamin C (RDA). So it doesn’t make sense to let something so beneficial go bad.
Let’s look at the steps required to freeze kale and use it in your cooking anytime and anywhere:
Step 1. Chopping and Washing
Just like you wouldn’t cook kale without washing, you can’t freeze it without proper washing too.
Once you have bought fresh kale, use a sharp knife and start chopping it. We do not need the stems so that you can remove them too. Then you can chop it down to your desired size.
Once the vegetable is chopped, rinse it under tap water to remove dirt or any insects.
After chopping and washing, our kale is ready for the freezing process.
Step 2. Packing and Freezing
In the previous step, we have already rinsed and chopped our kale. Therefore, if there is still some water content present on the kale due to rinsing, you can wait a little bit until all of the water is drained.
Now take a freezer bag and pack your kale in the bag.
A word of advice is not to put much kale in the bag as it might become a big green block later on. Instead, only add an appropriate amount of kale in it so that the bag is not overstuffed.
Remove any excess air, label the bag and freeze it in your freezer.
FAQs about freezing kale
How long does it last?
Since it is a green vegetable, it can lose its taste if it stays frozen for too long. So it is best to use it within a few months to get the best flavor and taste.
Do I have to wash kale before freezing it?
Yes. Please don’t forget to wash it before freezing.
Implements and equipment you need to freeze kale
The good news about freezing kale? It’s too easy, and you just need:
- Colander or salad spinner.
- Plastic bags.
How to thaw kale?
Since it is just leaves, you can transfer the frozen kale directly in your cooking with no additional step required. It will defrost and melt almost instantly due to its size.
What can you make with frozen kale?
You can use frozen kale in any of your cooking and drinks.
- Smoothies: Blend any sweet fruit, like mango, banana, or apple, with the milk you prefer and the frozen kale, you will have a delicious smoothie.
- Kale pesto: Kale, basil, olive oil, parmesan cheese, garlic, and salt. It’s all you need to serve a perfect and easy pasta.
- Soups: You can prepare a vegetarian soup to enjoy any time of the year.
- Dip: Serve a kale dip with a baguette, crackers, or tortilla chips at any party with friends.