Learn how to freeze kale, spinach, and other greens so they don’t go to waste and can be used in green smoothies or other recipes.
It is hard to believe that just a year ago kale was not a part of my diet. That’s right up until recently I never used kale in any recipe and would never think to throw a handful into a smoothie. Of course, I heard of green smoothies but they didn’t spark my interest for some reason.
But then one day green smoothies did get my attention and I decided to give them a try. Don’t ask me what that moment was cause honestly I can’t remember but I think it was around October. Anyway, once I started to drink green smoothies I never went back.
Honestly, these fruit and veggie packed beverages make me feel on top of the world. I have more energy, clarity, and everything about my body just feels better. So basically I love green smoothies.
My “green” of choice is often kale. Sometimes I use spinach – which is good – but I prefer kale.
I always purchase a HUGE bag from BJ’s Wholesale Club and can easily get a 2 weeks of smoothies out of it. However, a couple times I didn’t use the kale right away and it went. I absolutely HATE throwing food out. To me it is equivalent to setting money on fire. So I am always trying to figure out ways to save food before it goes bad – especially if I am not going to use it right away.
Anyway, it only took me throwing a bag of kale out twice before the light bulb went off in my head that I could freeze kale ahead of time. Don’t ask me why it took having to waste 2 bags of kale before I finally had this revelation. I blame my kids – they are always distracting me 🙂
How to Freeze Kale and Other Greens
There are 3 ways to freeze kale. And yes this could be used for spinach and other like greens too. Two of the options are super easy and the other one takes a little more effort.
Option #1: Freeze kale in plastic freezer bags.
You can portion the kale out or just shove it all into 1 or 2 freezer bags and take out what you need when you need it. This has actually become my preferred method because it’s easy. The kale can be used directly from the freezer for the smoothie – no need to thaw. You can also use it soups and other recipes straight from the freezer. The only recipe it would not work in is a kale salad or a recipe where you would need fresh kale. The texture of the kale changes once it is frozen and then thawed. Other than that it is good to go.
Option #2: Freeze kale as part of a smoothie kit
This is another one of my favorite ways to freeze kale. Smoothie kits are basically individual bags filled with your smoothie ingredients. When you are ready to make your smoothie you just dump the bag in your blender, add liquid, and blend. Smoothie kits are a great way to make sure you have all the ingredients you need for your smoothies. You don’t have to worry about running out of any ingredient – including kale – because it is all part of the kit. Here’s a video I put together on creating smoothie kits.
Option #3: Puree and freeze
This one takes more effort and I personally do not think it is necessary for a smoothie. However, if you want to make sure your kale is completely pureed in your smoothie then yes maybe this option would be good for you. However, I see this option working should you want to sneak some pureed kale into a recipe like chili, soup, etc.
All you need to do is throw kale in a blender, blend, and add water until it purees and becomes the consistency you want. Then pour into muffin tins and freeze. Once frozen remove from muffin tins, put into a plastic bag, and place in the freezer.
Learning how to freeze kale and other greens ahead of time will help you save money and reduce waste. Any other tips you would like to add?
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