How to freeze chard in flat packages
I often keep some vegetables in my freezer so that I can eat my homegrown food all year round. This is how I freeze chard in flat packages, so convenient!
Chard grows really nicely in late summer, but I still have plenty left here in fall. It rains a bit more than before and the plants are thriving. Fresh chard tastes great, especially in your everyday dishes. Check out more content about chard here:
I wanted to show you my favorite chard variety that I started growing for the first time last year, it's called Lucullus:
The best way to store chard until later is to freeze the leaves. I prefer parboiling them before freezing though, this improves the taste, texture, and durability.
- Harvest plenty of leaves, but make sure that you don't get more than you can chew.
- Remove the leaves from the middle stalk, rinse if you think it's necessary.
- Boil water in a large pot, add a little salt and put the leaves in the pot.
- Boil for around four minutes and pour into a strainer.
- Rinse in cold water until the leaves cool down.
- Squeeze the water from a handful of leaves and put them in a bag. You can weigh your bags if you want to, I think that nine ounces (around 250 grams) is a good size. The chard you buy in the store often comes in packages this size.
- Push the air out of the bag and flatten the contents. Close the bag and put it in the freezer.
The flat packages thaw a lot easier than if you freeze it in a large clump. The leaves can thaw even sooner if you put the bag in a bowl of hot water. I really like to freeze chard in these packages, since it's so convenient to just grab one whenever I want.
The leaves stay fresh for a year, but we have usually already eaten them all in time for next year's harvests.
I hope you have plenty of lovely chard in your garden too, and that you try to freeze chard in flat packages too.