If you have an abundance of iceberg lettuce after a great spring and summer of growing in your garden and are now wondering, can you freeze lettuce? You are in the right place! That’s what we are going to talk about.
This isn’t an easy question to answer and it will all depend on how you plan to use the lettuce after it has been frozen. If you hope to be able to use it in salads and as garnishes in the same way you would when it was picked fresh then, unfortunately, the answer is no, iceberg lettuce does not freeze well for this purpose.
However, there is a ‘but’ to this answer. You can, in theory, freeze iceberg lettuce and if you want to use it to bulk out juices, smoothies and as an addition to cooked meals to add a little extra texture and flavour then yes you can freeze iceberg lettuce.
Use the table of contents below to navigate through this article to answer some of the most common questions people have when it comes to freezing iceberg lettuce:
How To Freeze Iceberg Lettuce
Although this isn’t the best food item to freeze we do have a few simple instructions for you to follow if you do want to freeze your iceberg lettuce for juices and smoothies.
- Cut off the stalk and separate the lettuce leaves out by hand. Too much cutting with a knife can cause some browning of the leaves.
- Wash the leaves thoroughly with cool water.
- Portion out the leaves and pop them into separate portion-controlled freezer bags.
- Squeeze out as much air as you can but don’t damage and bruise the leaves. Lettuce leaves are delicate and can damage easily. If you want to you can use a straw to suck out the excess air instead before sealing the bag.
- Label the bags and pop them into the freezer.
Can You Freeze Pureed Iceberg Lettuce?
If you prefer you can freeze your iceberg lettuce leaves in a blended or pureed form. This makes it easy for you to add to recipes or juices and takes up a lot less space in the freezer.
- Cut out the stalk and separate the leaves gently.
- Wash the leaves in cool water.
- Pop the leaves in a blender and puree till you get the consistency you prefer.
- Add the puree to ice cube trays and pop these flat into the freezer for a few hours.
- Once the lettuce puree is frozen you can remove them from the ice cube tray and put them into a labelled freezer bag.
- Pop this bag back into the freezer and then you have cubed lettuce puree ready to add to any recipe whenever you need.
How Long Can You Freeze Iceberg Lettuce?
You can keep your frozen lettuce either in leaf or puree form in the freezer for up to 6 months. Handy for you to have some extra nutrients always available to add to meals. This is a great way to get some extra hidden veg into meals for your family.
You Can Freeze Iceberg Lettuce for Around 6 Months
How Do You Defrost Iceberg Lettuce?
When it comes to using your frozen lettuce you actually don’t want to defrost it. Just use it from frozen. Pop a pureed lettuce cube or leaves right into your cooking or add them to a juice before blending. Simple and easy!
Does Iceberg Lettuce Freeze Well?
In its whole form iceberg lettuce does not freeze well at all. There will be a noticeable change in texture and structure when you freeze it. This is because of how delicate lettuce leaves are and because of the high water content of the vegetable. The high water content crystalises when frozen and this changes the leaf completely.
However, in puree form, the texture change isn’t noticeable and this is the perfect solution to use up those excess lettuce leaves.
Other Questions about Iceberg Lettuce
Below are a few of the other common questions we have come across when it comes to iceberg lettuce – some related to freezing and some not. If you’re still sat there with a question or two about iceberg lettuce then drop a comment at the bottom of this article and we’ll aim to help out as much as possible.
Can You Freeze Bagged Lettuce?
The more sliced up any vegetable or salad leaf, the harder it will be to freeze. Unfortunately, if leaves are small then they can rapidly degrade in texture. That’s why we would recommend keeping the leaves big. The problem with bagged lettuce is that it is often cut up into smaller pieces.
Can You Freeze Lettuce Soup?
Soup is one of those things which will nearly always freeze well. As long as your soup doesn’t contain much/any dairy it will freeze well. We’ve actually written an extensive guide to freezing soup.