Freezing Kale. It couldn’t be easier.

Last fall, just before frigid winter temperatures set in, I had a lot of vibrant green dinosaur kale in the garden. However, I didn’t have time for my usual kale freezing protocols of blanching, chilling in ice water, squeezing out excess moisture, and storing in plastic freezer bags.  The kale leaves were so abundant and inviting and healthy looking that I thought I would just try throwing them in the freezer anyway. So I took a chance and simply cut off the kale leaves, bundled them dry in two layers of plastic grocery bags and stuck them in the freezer.

The results were much better than expected. The kale emerged from the bags just a tiny bit wilted. Now in January and February when my fresh garden stocks are low, there’s plenty of this delicious, frozen kale ready to cook up and enjoy.

The outer of two plastic shopping bags

The outer of two plastic shopping bags

The inner of two plastic shopping bags

The inner of two plastic shopping bags

Frozen kale straight from the freezer

Frozen kale straight from the freezer