How to Cook and Freeze Collard Greens

Tofu and Collard Greens-Freshfields Farm, Orlando

All those collards cooked down to just this much!

Cooked Collards, Saving Water for Soups

But that's OK. It's worth it for the chance to succeed in making them! Plus, the cooking liquid makes a nourishing base for a soup.

I've tried collards before. They were beyond awful. I don't know what possessed me to give them a third try. But I did. Talk about improvement. So healthy and so easy! Glad I tried it again. The key was fresh collards. You just can't accomplish anything with greens from a bag.

How to Cook Collards

Thanks to my mother-in-law, Kathleen, for practically holding my hand over the phone while I did this.

  • Try to tear a leaf. If it's pretty tender, know you'll have great luck.
  • Fill a large pot with water. (The above collards filled my biggest soup pot and made it hard to stir until they started to cook down!)
  • Grab the end of the stem. Make a fist around the leaf and pull it off in the opposite direction.
  • If the collards are really fresh, simply finish cutting in half. If they are older, cut in quarters.
  • Put collards in pot with water.
  • Boil collards, stirring often if your pot is full, until the collards are bright green. Mine only took 10 minutes.
  • Taste. If they are still bitter, cook longer.
  • Eat now or freeze.
  • To freeze, transfer greens to a container with just enough water to help them freeze into a block of ice (like when freezing fresh herbs).
  • You can defrost them and saute with onions to reheat before serving.
  • This is where I would do something different next time: For some very odd reason, the glass jars all broke in the freezer. The liquid was not near the top. Perhaps I didn't shake the ice around enough as I froze it. My plants didn't mind the healthy water. But next time, I'll just freeze it in bags.

The collards cost $3.50. And I hope it will feed us two meals and two lunches for Paul. Course, if they're as good as I hope, they'll get eaten up in one meal!

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