Expert Tips for Proper Storage of Beet Greens

Beet greens are a nutritional powerhouse, packed with vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, iron, and calcium. They also have great flavor and make an excellent addition to any dish. But what do you do when you have more beet greens than you can use right away? How can you store them properly so they last longer?

Option 1: Refrigeration

The easiest way to store beet greens is in the refrigerator. First, remove any rubber bands or ties that may be holding the bunch together. Then rinse the leaves thoroughly under cool running water to remove any dirt or debris.

Next, gently pat them dry with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. Once dry, wrap them loosely in another paper towel and place them in a plastic bag or container with a lid.

Finally, store the beet greens in your refrigerator’s crisper drawer where they’ll stay fresh for up to five days.

Tips:

– Don’t overcrowd your storage container; give the leaves room to breathe.
– Check on them frequently; if they start to wilt or become slimy discard immediately.

Option 2: Freezing

If you have more beet greens than you can consume within five days but don’t want to waste them – freezing is your best bet. Here’s how:

Firstly it’s recommended that blanching should be done on all leafy vegetables before freezing because it will help retain their color and nutrition values only if not doing so may result in freezer burn after prolonged time of storage.

To blanch:
– Bring a large pot of salted water (1 tablespoon per quart)to boil over high heat.
– Prepare an ice bath by filling another bowl with cold water & adding few ice cubes. 
– Rinse the trimmed green leaves under running water to remove any debris or dirt.
– Submerge into the boiling water for 2 minutes, this step will help extract some of their natural bitterness.
– After 2 minutes immediately drain & transfer to ice bath for another 2 minutes.
 
Once blanched and cooled:
1. Remove all excess moisture by patting dry with a paper towel or clean kitchen towel.
2. Store in freezer bags labeled with today’s date so you know when they were frozen.
3.Freeze and enjoy within six months.

Tips:

– Use freezers bags instead of containers because it takes up less space in your freezer
– Try not to freeze too many greens at once; otherwise, they might freeze together and be difficult to separate.

Conclusion

Now that you know how to store beet greens properly, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy them whenever you want! Whether refrigerating or freezing – both methods are an excellent way to preserve beet greens taste as well as nutrition values making sure none goes waste. 

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