Freezing kale ahead of time is good practice, especially when you are trying to be healthier. A green smoothie for breakfast does not only make you feel energized, but it also makes you think clearer, lifts up your mood and makes you feel better.
Kale is one of the favorites when it comes to green smoothies due to its many health benefits, easy preparation, and easy digestion. When you are a busy mom, an entrepreneur, hard worker, and everything in between, it is always best to store your food ahead of time for practicality and efficiency.
Since kale is a leafy vegetable, it spoils quickly. But there is no need to worry because there are easy ways of freezing kale to extend this veggie’s shelf life and make it stay fresh longer.
When you freeze your kale, they can stay fresh for months, so basically, you save more time, effort, and of course, money! It makes preparation easier for you since all you have to do is grab a bag of your frozen kale and dump it in your blender.
Here are some of the things you can do to freeze your kale
Keep them in freezer bags
You can actually use Ziplock bags for this. This is the easiest method as you just need to measure the amount that you need for your smoothie, place them in the freezer bag, and store them in the freezer.
Don’t forget to label your bags with the date when you stored it and the amount of kale in it. Remember: First in, first out.
Freeze your kale together with your smoothie ingredients
Cut the fruits and vegetables you need for your smoothie, including kale. Portion the ingredients accordingly and place them in freezer bags. Again, don’t forget to write down the date of storage. Store them in the freezer and blend when needed.
With this method, you are sure not to forget any ingredient since they are prepared ahead of time. They come in handy during those busy mornings and will avoid breakfast skipping.
Puree your kale
This method will require more effort. You can use it not only for your smoothies but also for your soups or other recipes that require pureed kale. Place your kale leaves in the blender, add some liquid, and puree according to the consistency that you desire. Transfer the puree in muffin tins and freeze. Once frozen, transfer to freezer bags and store in the freezer for future use.
Tip: remove the stems of the kale by holding it in one hand and running the other through the stem to rip away the leaves from the stalk.
Pesticide and dirt removal
Before you start freezing kale or any veggies and fruits, make sure to wash them properly. Soak them in clean tap water mixed with 2 tablespoons of white vinegar for a few minutes. Drain water and wash leaves under running water. This ensures all dirt and bugs are removed. Swish the leaves and dry in a colander.
Thanks for reading. I hope this information was helpful. Until next time!
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