It’s a fact that incorporating more leafy greens into your diet is a great way to improve your overall health and kale is one of the best options. Kale is low in calories, high in fiber, and does not have any fat. Who does not like the sound of that? Kale is also known for its high iron content, a fact of which I am particularly fond since I am always fighting to keep my iron levels up. Kale has many health benefits like decreasing your chances of getting cancer and type 2 diabetes and there are lots of ways you can eat it.
Can You Freeze Kale?
In order to take advantage of those huge bags of kale that you find at your local warehouse store, you can freeze kale so it is at the ready for adding to smoothies or making some tasty side dishes.
How To Freeze Kale
First of all kale can be found in two different types, baby kale or kale. The Baby kale is smaller and more tender. It will tend to blend easier when making smoothies without having to remove the tough stems first. Regular kale is probably a little less expensive and works great if you intend to use it in a cooked dish. The following steps will get you started freezing kale.
- Wash the kale to clean off any dirt.
- Separate the leaves so you can get all of the dirt out of the bases.
- Kale could have bugs and critters hiding between leaves but dunking the leaves in water will get rid of them. If you like you can also soak the leaves in a vinegar solution; use about three tablespoons of vinegar per gallon of water and soak the leaves for 20-30 minutes.
- If you choose to soak the leaves in a vinegar solution, rinse the leaves under clean water when they are done soaking.
- I you are using full sized kale, cut the stems off and freeze them separate from the leaves. You can use them in soups and stir fries.
- To take the leaf off of the stem, fold the leaves in half and tear or cut it away from the central stem.
- Tear or chop the leaves into bite size pieces.
The kale is ready to be separated into freezer bags. You can freeze the kale in individual use sized freezer bags or just stuff all of it in a big bag and pull out what you need each time. You can use kale straight from the freezer in soups, smoothies, and other recipes. It is best used in a recipe that is cooked or blended as the kale would not be good in a salad after it has been frozen. Another great idea is to freeze the kale along with all of the ingredients you will put in your favorite green smoothie (apples, blueberries etc.). When it time to make a smoothie just pop a bag out of the freezer, dump the contents in the blender and blend away.