Thursday, September 15, 2011

Freezing Food Series: Swiss Chard

There is something about the swisschard at the Farmer's Market lately that has been tempting.  For the past 2 weeks I have picked up a couple of bunches at a time brought it home and got it ready for freezing.  I'm already thinking how nice it will be later on in the fall/winter to grab a handful for sauteeing with a little garlic and oil,  minestrone or soup
 I came up with this method and chose to not fully cook the swiss chard because I'm not quite sure what I'll use it for later and I like having a bag of leafy greens handy.  (I apologize I lost the rest of the pictures for the step by step method.)

What's needed for this method

Boiling pot of hot water
cold water bath (bowl of cold water and ice cubes)
small stainer
colander in a bowl
cookie sheet
freezer bags

 1.  Bring a pot of water to a boil.  While wating for the water boil wash the swiss chard and cut with scissors into small leaves then set aside in a bowl.  Then prepare the cold water bath.

2.  When the pot is hot and boiling drop in the swiss chard for 2 minutes.  Then scoop out with a small strainer and immediately drop into the cold water bath for a few minutes to stop the cooking process.

3.  Next have a colander inside a bowl ready for this step.  Scoop the swiss chard out of the cold water bath and drop into the colander.  Let it sit in the colander for a little while till the water is drained.

4.  After the water is mostly drained spread out the swiss chard on a cookie sheet and freeze.

5.  When the swiss chard is frozen remove from cookie sheet and put into freezer bags.
You now have bag of leafy greens to enjoy later on. 

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