Whether your garden or your CSA box is full of greens, you may be looking for ways to use them up or save them for a later time. While you can always throw greens into a salad, there are many other ways to use them up and save them for later. To make your greens last longer, you can prep them first. Remove any rubber bands or wires holding them together and rip them into bite sized pieces so they are ready for use whenever you need them. If you want to skip the plastic bag, you can put them in a storage container with a dry paper towel or cloth on top to prevent condensation from getting on the leaves as they stay in the fridge. After prepping the greens, you can use them in your meal plan this week or freeze them. Here are some tips for freezing your greens.
- Freeze hardier greens like kale, collards, and spinach.
- Blanch and chill the greens before freezing. Bring a pot of water to a boil add your greens and boil until they just become soft. Then transfer them to an ice bath. They should maintain a bright green color.
- Remove the greens from the ice bath once cool and squeeze out the excess water.
- Season with salt and pepper if you would like
- Seal them up in a bag or an air tight container with the air squeaked out before putting them in the freezer.
When you are ready to use them you can remove them and saute them from frozen or defrost them. They are a great addition to curries, soups, and sautes!
Other ideas, tips, and resources to keep you and your family healthy, active, and informed during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Get sweating this morning with this HIIT workout from the Edgar May Center.
- You can find a lot of great seasonal veggies in this recipe for Coconut Basil Chicken Curry!
- Get some peace of mind if you are worried about having COVID-19. There are many testing sites throughout the state of Vermont.
- What you need to know when you take your children to the beach or the pool this summer.
- In Seattle they will be permanently closing 20 miles of streets to traffic so residents can exercise and bike on them. Read about this great win for walk-ability. Similar initiatives have happened in Burlington.
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