Creative Vegetable Gardeners: Easy Freezing Beetroot: How Not to Cook

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peppermint sticks swiss chard

If you’re a beetroot lover, you’ll want to put “frozen beetroot” on your fall to-do list!

Without a doubt, beetroot is one of the most colorful vegetables you can grow in your garden. Reds, pinks, oranges, yellows and even stripes have an iridescent hue not found in many other vegetables. Peppermint Stick Varieties.

And beetroot is so easy to grow that many people consume more than can be eaten fresh. After dropping a few wads at your favorite neighbors and friends, it’s time to turn your attention to preserving some for a deep, dark winter.

If you have already perused my article on how to quickly freeze kale, then you will be very familiar with how to freeze beetroot.

woman with swiss beetroot

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You can start freezing beetroot at any point in the growing season. You can freeze the leaves of any size you want, from small leaves to large leaves! I like to wait until the leaves are full size (or bigger! Check out the photo of one of my monster leaves above). Because then you need fewer leaves to fill a quart-sized freezer bag.

Another important thing to take note of is that you can freely mix kale, collard, beetroot, and beet greens in the same freezer bag. The way to preserve them is the same, so it’s perfectly fine (and often convenient) to combine them.

Personally, I use a mixture, but I prefer to use it mixed, so I can get a variety of textures and nutrients. And to be honest, once cooked on one plate, it’s very difficult to tell them apart.

How to Freeze Swiss Beetroot Easily

It’s true. You can freeze raw chard! I steamed it first, and on the advice of a friend, I started to freeze it raw.

I couldn’t really tell the difference between the two methods. So, naturally, I opted for the faster route of putting the beetroot in the freezer.

There is such a thing as really easy food preservation!

orange vegetable harvest

Step 1: Harvest

You’ll be surprised how many chards can fit in a quart frozen bag when actually packing. So, harvest as many plants as possible.

Check how many leaves are left on each plant so they can photosynthesize and continue to grow. In spring or summer, the plant will have plenty of time to produce more leaves.

In the fall, the growth of the plant will slow down considerably and new leaves will not grow quickly. If you live in a northern climate and close to winter, it may not grow at all. So, consider how many beets you want to keep in your garden for a fresh harvest.

If you also have kale, collard or beet greens, consider adding them at harvest time to add volume.

Use scissors or scissors to cut the stem near the part that comes out of the ground.

Step 2: Crop

Chard stems and leaves can be frozen together in the same container or stored separately if desired. Cut off the part where the stem and leaf meet. Stack several leaves layer by layer and cut into bite-size pieces.

Then use a knife to cut the stems into small pieces.

Step 3: Wash

If you tend to have bugs and insects in your beetle (yes!), you may want to wash the leaves and stems before processing.

How to dry frozen kale

Wash and dry on a salad spinner.

Step 4: Dry

If you have rinsed beetroot, allow the leaves to dry slightly before freezing. This reduces ice crystals that form due to moisture.

Pat dry with a towel or spin a few times through a salad spinner (if present). (I did this one Use it several times a week for several years.)

kale freezer container

Step 5: Load into Container

At this stage, you can select the features of the finished product.

If you don’t like having your chard leaves and stems frozen into one big chunk, pack them as densely as possible. frozen bag. this is what i do

If you want the leaves and stems to become loose and break easily, spread them on cookie sheets and pre-freeze them in the freezer for 60 minutes. Then pack it in a freezer bag.

I don’t think this is a necessary step. Because even if you freeze the chard in blocks, it’s pretty easy to split the chunks.

You can try a few bags in each of the two methods and decide which one is better.

See below for notes on other containers to use.

Step 6: Save

The best place to store frozen beetroot is in the freezer. If you’re serious about easy food preservation, you might want to invest in one.

The freezer in the kitchen refrigerator (upright freezer) thaws periodically, so the ice cream is sometimes a little soft when digging up for a late night snack.

Chest freezers maintain a constant temperature of 0 degrees Fahrenheit. This is better for keeping frozen food quality longer.

Freezing the chard will last up to a year. You’ll use it all before then!

yellow beetroot in the garden

container for frozen storage

We are working to reduce the overall use of plastic in our homes. We use wide-mouthed glass for many frozen food items. quart, pint and half Glass Canned Jar.

Chards and other greens are difficult to remove from these jars, so I basically use: frozen bag Instead of.

I take care of my bags for several seasons in a row, often downgrading them to hold other random household items. But they still wear out and have to be thrown away.

If you have a budget or plan to freeze small amounts of food, you can invest in: storage bag (or any other reusable silicone-based bag).

You can also use plastic Tupperware Type A container for freezing vegetables.

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how many chards

Quart-sized frozen chard appears to be servings for 1 or 2 servings, depending on the method used in the recipe.

That’s why even if you’re not a plastic fanatic, quart freezer bags are so convenient.

I recommend keeping a record of how much food you preserve each year so you can evaluate if you’re having too much, not enough, or exactly how much you need.

Frozen beetroot and other vegetables are best consumed within one year.

I checked my records and I usually tend to freeze 15 quart bags of mixed vegetables (kale, chard, collard, beet greens) for the winter and use them until the start of the next spring harvest season.

You won’t want to dig out a freezer bag when you get fresh vegetables from your garden!

bright swiss beetroot

Ideas for using frozen beetroot

I love using frozen beetroot in smoothies, soups, stews and stir-fries during the dark winter. Just take out the freezer bag and use it whole or just cut the part you want with a knife.

I usually don’t defrost first. Throw it in the freezer.

Frozen vegetables cannot have the same consistency as raw vegetables, so frozen beetroot is best used in cooked dishes.

For all recipes that call for frozen spinach, substitute frozen chard or other vegetables instead.

autumn harvest in the garden

Favorite Recipes for Using Frozen Beetroot

Learning how to preserve extra vegetables is only part of the equation. Once you’ve put it down, you can start searching for recipes highlighting the vegetables you set aside. This is the fun part!

Here are some of my favorite recipes I’ve discovered over the years that make a great complement to frozen beetroot.

Curry Coconut Quinoa with Roasted Cauliflower and Vegetables From Cookies and Kate

Rainbow Chad Ball from love and lemon

Best Vegetarian Lasagna from love and lemon

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Having delicious greens from the garden with easy access to the freezer can be included in a delicious winter meal. And if you want to eat healthier, dark leafy greens are always at the top of your list of the most nutritious vegetables.

So, grab your harvest basket, scissors, and spend time harvesting and freezing beetroot this week.

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