- Get a large stock pot filled with boiling water
- Rinse the kale and tear up the leafs into small pieces
- Submerge the torn leafs into the boiling water, boil for 90 seconds- 2 minutes. Drain.
- Fill up ice cube trays with the kale leafs
- Freeze and pop out the frozen kale blocks into a freezer bag. Use 2 blocks per blender of smoothie or as needed.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Freezing Kale for Smoothies and Winter Soups
I am lucky enough to be able to help out my friend in her amazing garden. In an effort to preserve this great bounty, I have frozen some of it for winter soups and green smoothies. I got really into green smoothies last winter and made them for the kids and I at least three times a week. I plan on keeping that up. In an effort to use more homegrown foods and save money, I am buying from the farmers market or using what I have grown to freeze and have on hand in the winter. I also have frozen bananas, blueberries and strawberries for easy smoothies. *Note- it is possible to freeze without boiling, but boiling helps keep the color and texture and also helps soften the texture a bit for smoothies.
The steps for preserving kale for smoothies and winter soups is as follows: