Green smoothies are the healthiest form of smoothies ever. They are easy to make and keep you fresh and healthy as well. Whenever you go out shopping for the ingredients for your green smoothies, you buy in bulk and after a few days your leafy greens starts to wilt. It is heart breaking to find your favorite leafy greens all wilted up and slimy. You don’t have to do the hard task of throwing the vegetables out because they aren’t edible anymore, because you can save your precious leafy greens by storing them properly. Any type of greens will freeze well, so whether you prefer spinach, kale, chard, beet greens, arugula, or a combination, your green smoothies are practically made after these simple steps.
Blend, add water and then freeze
This is the simplest way to store your greens. Here is how you can do so:
- Wash your greens and add one cup water in your blender’s container. Add handful of greens in the water and blend until the greens are dispersed in it. Now keep on adding handful of greens and keep on blending. You will now have a container filled with green’s concentrate.
- Take a freezing tray and pour this liquid in. Muffins tray, mini muffins tray or ice cube tray are some of the options that you can choose from when pouring the liquid in. Mini muffin trays are the perfect size as they can be easily blended later on. Silicon tray or molds are preferred as it is to get the frozen chunks out.
- Place your muffin tray in the freezer and let them freeze.
- Once they are frozen take them out, if they aren’t coming out let them defrost a bit and then take them out, and out them in freezer bags and store them.
Freeze raw greens (just bag it)
You can also freeze your greens when they are raw. The above method takes less space hence it is favored by most people. But here is how you can freeze your raw green leaves:
- Wash your greens.
- Put them in freezer bags and press so that all the air goes out.
- Put all the bags together and place them in the freezer.
- Whenever you need them, break a chunk of the greens and put them in your smoothie or use them in your cooking.
- And don’t forget to add the date you store in the freezer so you know which ones to use first.
Store blanched greens
Some people like to store blanched greens, because they contain lesser contents of oxylates. Raw greens contain high content of oxylates and some people are intolerant towards them. If you are one of these people, then storing blanched greens is the tip for you.
- Bring water to boil in a large pan.
- Wash your greens properly.
- Add the greens to the boiling water for a few minutes.
- Take them out and place them in cold water, to stop them from cooking.
- Squeeze and drain the water out.
- Add them to the freezer bags and press them so that maximum air escapes from the bag.
- Place them in the freezer.
- Take the amount you need for making a smoothie or if you need them for cooking.
I hope this helps ease your mind about how to store your leafy greens before they go bad. I know I absolutely hate having to throw any of my greens out.
Do you have any other creative ways to freeze your greens?