Tip Friday Storing Greens
If your greens are wilting within a few days of bringing them home from the store, you can prevent it with this quick storage tip.
When you go to your favorite Farmers Market or grocery store do you spend a lot of time choosing the perfect greens?
I know I do.
If I don’t prepare them correctly before I am ready to use them they can become wilted and inedible.
Using cloth bag alternatives works well for keeping your greens fresh.
Some examples of these are organic cotton bags, cloth mesh bags, terry cloth bags or a sturdy kitchen towel.
Here are 3 options for storing your leafy greens and keep them fresh.
Leafy greens include lettuce, arugula, mustard greens, dandelion greens, watercress, spinach, kale, chard, and cabbage.
These veggies are best kept in a loosely closed bag or sealed glass container, uncrowded and completely dry.
Blanche the greens by bringing a pot of water to rolling boil and placing your greens in with tongs one by one.
Boil for no more than 30 seconds and add them to a bowl of ice. This shocks them and keeps them crisp rather than wilting.
Completely dry the greens patting lightly with a towel.
Roll them up tightly in a ball, wrap tightly and then transfer to the freezer for 2-3 minutes
When they have frozen you can transfer them to a reusable food storage bag and leave them in the freezer until ready to use.
Submerge your greens in a bowl full of cold water at least three times then pat dry.
Then line a resealable bag or tupperware container with a paper towel.
Transfer the greens, then top them with another paper towel.
Seal the bag or burp the lid on the tupperware and store in the fridge.
If you have room, place a bunch of hardy greens like kale upright in a cup of water to keep them fresh.
These techniques should keep them crisp and fresh for well over a week.
I hope this guide helps you keep those yummy greens fresh for use in a second meal!!
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This article is part of the Tips That Help in the Kitchen Series, Tip Friday.
Adapted from The Good Trade.