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Tuesday Tip | Freeze your greens

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I’ve mentioned this in passing before, but I thought it deserved a little highlight.


spinach for smoothies

If you have too much kale, spinach, or any green-smoothie-friendly green, throw it in the freezer before it goes bad.

The freezer extends the useful life of the greens by a long shot, and you can take the frozen greens straight from freezer to blender.

I know some people blend up their greens with a little water and freeze the green mixture into cubes.

And I did try that.   But it was more work for no particular benefit, in my opinion.

collard green ice cubes for smoothies

Now I just wash the greens, spin them in my salad spinner,

and put them into a bag.

I put the bag in the freezer, and then I’m good to go! The greens get fairly brittle when they’re frozen, so there’s no need to do anything fancy to keep them from sticking together.

Obviously, this tip is no good for greens you want to use in raw applications, such as a salad (hello, soggy greens!).

But for green smoothies, it works like a charm.

And I find it to be especially useful for fresh spinach, which seems to have a fridge life of about 10 seconds post-opening.

P.S. I use an Oxo salad spinner (had it since 2011, use it all the time).

P.P.S. If you want to get into green smoothie making, especially with tough greens like kale, a good blender is very, very helpful. I have the Vitamix 5200, which I love, and which Cook’s Illustrated recommends highly.   I wrote all about my Vitamix here.

P.P.S. I blend up the greens with a room temp banana and some yogurt before I add any frozen fruit. That way you can completely puree the greens. If you add greens with the frozen fruit, you’ll have a much harder time getting them blended up.

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Wendy L

Monday 21st of February 2022

Thank you for this!

I found it because I was going to make them in ice cube trays, this is so much easier!

Nothing to clean too!

Can you tell I'm excited? LOL :)


Friday 9th of February 2018

Great Tips I hate wasting food


Thursday 1st of February 2018

Thanks for the tip about blending your greens first when making a smoothie. I tried it this morning and it worked like a charm! I then added the rest of my ingredients and my blender didn't sound like it was "grinding" as much.


Thursday 1st of February 2018

Oh, I'm so glad that it helped!

Randi MacDonald

Wednesday 31st of January 2018

My 99 cent only store( in Socal) gets big bags of Earthbound farms power greens(1.00) and I blanch and squeeze out all the water and then freeze in a cereal bag( thanks for that tip) for spinach artichoke dip.


Tuesday 30th of January 2018

I learned last summer that broccoli greens are edible, and good thing because I had a lot of them and only about an inch of broccoli. I froze a LOT, and chop it up into soups. I also have a lot of kale in my freezer, and I found its good where spinach is good, but I have to cook it longer.

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