I planted a pack of kale this year and it grew beautifully. It's amazing how a 25 cents of seeds gave us a produce worth about $25. We have been cooking it but we can't consume all of it since it just keep coming. My husband said that maybe I can freeze some of them so we will have some during the winter. Si here are simple steps.
Step 1. Pick the kale from the garden. Wash it throughly and cut off any woody stems or damaged pieces. You don't want to include the rib part of the kale as it is tough.
Step 2 - Get the pot ready, put water about 2/3 full and let it bool. Prepare a LARGE bowl with ice and cold water.
Step 3 - Blanching the greens. Greens requires a brief heat treatment, called blanching. All fruits and vegetables contain enzymes and bacteria that, over time, break down the destroy nutrients and change the color, flavor, and texture of food during frozen storage. That's why it is important to destroy the enzymes before freezing. I blanched this for 3 minutes. JUst set the timer when you blanch to get the perfect texture.
Step 4 - Cool the Kale. After the kale is blanched, cool them quickly to prevent overcooking and to maintain its fresh color. Plunge the greens into a large quantity of ice-cold water. Blanching and cooling have to be the ssame length of time (3 minutes).
Step 5 - Drain the Cooled Kale. Put it in the strainer and you can lay them in a towel.
Step 6 - Put the kale in ziplock bags and put the date on it. Freezing keeps greens safe to eat almost indefinitely, but the recommended maximum storage time of 12 months is best for taste and quality.
I have four big ziploc of kale in my freezer which will serve us during the winter. We've come to love kale and I will be sure to grow them again next year. It's easy to grow kale and very inexpensive and it's very healthy for you.