Freezing Garden Greens the Right Way

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Growing a winter green patch in your garden is a great way to keep fresh produce in your diet year-round. But have you ever wondered how you can store those greens to make sure they last?

To keep up with your garden's production, you should trim your leafy greens from the outer leaves moving inward so that new growth can be encouraged and you don't waste any food in these colder months.

How to Freeze Your Greens

The best way to store those winter greens is to freeze them. But before you just toss them into the freezer straight from the garden, you need to do a couple of simple steps first to prepare them.

Step 1: Wash your greens in a colander with water to remove any dirt or bugs.

Step 2: Bring a large pot of water to boil.

Step 3: Cut your greens into 2 1/2 " pieces.

Step 4: Drop greens into the boiling water and boil for 3 minutes.

Step 5: Drain the greens in a colander.

Step 6: Hold under running cold water or cool the greens in a pot of ice water. Drain again.

Step 7: Pack immediately after cooling into freezer bags, push excess air out of the bag before closing.

Step 8: To serve later, thaw and heat up to cook as desired.

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