Whether you’re a gardener with a bumper crop or just got a good deal at the grocery store, preserve some kale in the freezer, where it will keep for three to six months. Here’s how to prepare kale for freezing:
- Set a large pot of water to boil.
- When water has reached a boil, add leaves. Cook briefly, just until their color turns a brighter shade of green.
- Remove greens from water and let dry on a clean kitchen towel.
- Flash freeze dry leaves by placing on a sheet pan. Once leaves have frozen through—it won’t take long—remove from pan and store in resealable plastic bag.
Frozen kale is great for adding to smoothies and soups. Another option, in lieu of freezing, use your blanched leaves in a warm salad.
So there you have it: Everything you need to know about cooking and eating this misunderstood green. Next time you’re looking for a quick way to add some great texture, good flavor and better-for-you benefits to whatever’s for dinner, count on kale!