How To Store Kale So It Stays Crisp And Fresh?

Whenever I shop for kale, I always want to keep them crisp and fresh. After all, they are a nutrient-dense vegetable. In addition, it is also perfect for preparing a variety of delicious dishes. Keeping kale fresh requires a few tips. I’m going to share some tips for picking and storing frozen kale. Hopefully these ideas help you keep it fresh and enjoy its delicious taste and nutrition.

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How to choose kale?

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Choosing fresh kale is the first step to keeping it fresh.

1 Choose dark green leaves without yellow spots or wilting. Avoid choosing leaves that have yellowed or brown spots on their edges.

2 Touch the leaves. They should be firm and not feel flabby or weak.

3 Fresh kale should have a refreshing smell, avoid choosing ones with a musty or rotten smell.

How to refrigerate kale?

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Proper storage can extend the freshness of kale. Keeping kale in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator is a great option. By the way, we recommend not cleaning it before storing it. Any moisture will hasten leaf rot. If you strongly prefer to wash your kale before storing, here are the steps.

1 Fill a basin or large bowl halfway with cold water.

2 Wash the kale in water. Stir the leaves gently to remove loose stains. Use clean fingers to remove stains from the leaves.

3 Use kitchen towel to dry the leaves. Or you can put the kale in a salad spinner to remove the moisture.

4 Place dry paper towels in a zipper bag. Place the kale in the bag and seal.

5 Store the bag of kale in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.

How to freeze kale?

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If you have extra kale, you can also freeze it to keep it fresh longer. You don’t even need to defrost the kale when cooking soups and stews.

1 Pluck the kale from the stems and cut the leaves into desired size.

2 Wash the kale as described above.

3 Arrange kale leaves on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

4 Freeze the kale for two hours and remove.

5 Transfer the kale leaves to a ziploc bag, remembering to date the outside of the bag. Freeze the kale again.

How long can kale be stored?

Proper storage keeps kale fresh. If stored in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator, it will usually keep good for about a week. Frozen kale can be stored for up to 6 months.

Whether used in salads, stir-fries or added to soups, kale is a delicious and healthy vegetable. With the right storage methods, you can enjoy this delicious vegetable whenever you want.

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