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I live quite some distance from any place that has organic greens. I do have a co-op that I belong to and can get organic through them but it's twice a month only and some of my greens go bad before I can get them used up. Was wondering if anyone knows if I can freeze some of the greens to use in my smoothies? In particular: Kale, cilantro  parsley, and dandelion greens. Freezing strictly for smoothie use.

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Comment by Mae Jardine on March 16, 2013 at 3:28pm

Hello, Arvi Glenn: I was just reading in the group “Pantry”. Eight down from the top of the Pantry Index, you will find “Freezing Fruit and Veg?” Click on it and you will read some nice responses from some experienced RFR members.
I personally believe it is better use frozen greens than not at all based on my own experience. A couple of winters ago, I woke up with a terrible head/chest cold. Being too weak to shop for fresh green, I relied on two bags of frozen raw spinach and a huge bag of grapefruit in the refrigerator to nourish me for a couple of days. I have to say, I wasn’t fond of the taste of frozen spinach in my smoothie but I know it did my body good. I could tell the difference in the taste because I juice a simple recipe of baby spinach and grapefruit often just because I like the flavor combination. Enjoy your greens : )

Comment by AChangeAMonth on March 11, 2013 at 5:31pm

Im the only one in my house who drinks green smoothies, so i have to freeze half a bag of greens or chuck them out (which i hate to do). have found that spinach freezes better than kale, which i find tends to have a metallic taste to it after being frozen. 

herbs can be frozen. i actually buy mine chopped and frozen in little bags, and then just shake a bit out for every smoothie. its really handy, coz the herbs are really fresh. i also put the frozen herbs in my salad dressings and they defrost pretty much instantly and always taste great. 

also a handy hint i read somewhere- if u freeze a ginger root then its really easy to grate from frozen, none of the mush! 

Comment by Kathy Desruisseau on March 11, 2013 at 4:01pm

I have frozen greens often for smoothies and they work just fine. I put them in zip lock bags, one smoothie serving per bag, and just dump them in when I need them. It has saved lots of produce. I prefer fresh, but when produce is so available in the summer, or on sale, it works great. And nice to have on hand if you run out of fresh produce! I have mainly frozen Kale and spinach. Just wash, dry and freeze!

Comment by L. on March 11, 2013 at 2:07pm

I buy frozen kale from costco :)  I don't see why you couldn't freeze greens :)  I would google or go on pinterest to look up the best techniques!  If all else fails just chop them up and shove them in a ziplock bag or something :)  Or maybe freezer bags??--again, look up the best techniques.  I haven't used the frozen greens in a smoothie yet, but I know they work fine in vitamix soups. :)

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