There are two ways to do it. One is to boil and blanch them, the other is to stir-fry them. I have tried both ways and prefer the second method. Stir-frying seems to preserve the flavor better. I have included directions for both ways of freezing, so you can decide for yourself.
Standard Method (Boil and Blanch)
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stove.
2. Wash your greens. I usually rinse them several times to make sure all of the dirt has come off. Next, pick through them to get rid of any brown or damaged leaves and bugs that might have hitched a ride. Then you want to drain them.
3. Next step is to blanch them to help retain color and nutrition. Place the greens into the boiling water and boil for 2 minutes.
4. Immediately remove the greens and put them into a bowl of ice water. This stops the cooking process.
5. Drain and dry the greens, thoroughly. Place them into freezer bags, labeled with the date and put them into the freezer.
6. Repeat the process until you’ve gotten through all of your greens.
1. Wash, pick through, and drain your greens (as explained in step 2 above). Cut into smaller pieces with a large knife.
2. Stir-fry until wilted, about 2-3 minutes.
3. Remove your greens and let cool.
4. Place them into freezer bags, labeled with the date and put them into the freezer.
I’d love to hear which method works best for you, or if you have any other ways to preserve greens!
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