How to Freeze Kale Juice
You have two options when it comes to freezing kale juice. You can either freeze it in portions of juice that would be enough for a drink or add to a recipe or use the ice cube method.
The ice cube method allows you to use the perfect amount of kale juice whenever you need it. You need to grab out a few ice cubes and pop them into your smoothies before blending.
How to Freeze Portions of Kale Juice
This is the appropriate method to follow if you want a complete drink frozen. The quantity will be enough for a full glass of kale juice:
- Prepare Containers
Before starting the process, you will need to make sure you have enough freezer-safe containers with lids. These can be Tupperware containers with lids or bottles that are safe to put in the freezer. You will need a container per portion of kale juice you plan to use. As well as this, you will need some freezer bags and a permanent marker.
- Decant Kale Juice
Pour portions of kale juice into each container or bottle. Fill them so that you have enough for one portion of kale juice. This amount will depend on how you intend to use the kale juice, so make sure you check your recipes before freezing and measure out portions using a measuring jug if you need to.
Put the lids onto the containers and make sure they are sealed tightly. Once you have done, this put the container into a freezer bag and seal the bag. This helps to ensure that your kale juice is kept secure and keeps your freezer clean even if any accidents do happen.
Label the bags with the contents and date. If you have specific measurements in the containers, you can also write these on to help you grab out the right amount when using the kale juice.
Put your portions of kale juice into the freezer and freeze them until you need them.
How to Make Kale Juice Ice Cubes
If you want to have smaller quantities of kale juice frozen, then using an ice cube tray can be the best approach to take:
- Get Ready
To prepare for this method of freezing kale juice, you need some ice cube trays, a jug, a large freezer bag that is resealable. You also need a permanent marker.
- Prepare Juice in a Juge
Put your kale juice into a jug. This will help to make it easier to pour into the ice cube trays accurately without spilling any.
- Pour Out
Pour kale juice from the jug into the ice cube tray sections. Leave a small gap at the top of each section to allow the kale juice to expand as it freezes.
- Flash Freeze
Place the ice cube trays carefully into the freezer. Keep them flat until the kale juice has completely frozen. When the kale juice as fully frozen all the way through, you can take the trays out of the freezer.
- Bag Up
Pop the cubes out of the ice cube tray and transfer them into a freezer bag. Squeeze out excess air from the bag and seal it tightly. It is best to use a bag that can be opened and resealed easily because you will want to grab out a few cubes at a time and then reseal the bag until the next time you need some kale juice.
Label the bag with the name of the contents and the date and put it into the freezer.
3 Tips for Freezing Kale Juice
Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing kale juice to have the best results:
- Use Good-Quality Bags – If you are struggling to find suitable freezer-safe containers, you can invest in some good quality liquid freezer bags. These are designed to hold liquids without spilling or making a mess in the freezer.
- Try Muffin Trays – If you want slightly larger portions of kale juice than an ice cube size portion, then you can use any freezer-safe tray or mould. Silicone muffin or cupcake trays work really well and allow you to freeze slightly more kale juice in each portion.
- Leave Room for Expansion – When filling up the containers, you need to make sure you leave a good gap at the top of the container or bottle. This needs to be a couple of inches because the kale juice will expand as it freezes, and if you overfill the containers, the juice may burst out and all over your freezer.
How Long Can You Freeze Kale Juice?
Your kale juice will keep at its best quality if you freeze it for up to three months. It may be safe to keep in the freezer for a little longer than this, but you will run the risk of it deteriorating in flavour after three months.
You Can Freeze Kale Juice for up to 3 Months
How Do You Defrost Kale Juice?
For most uses for kale juice, you won’t need to thaw it out at all! You can pop a few kale ice cubes into your blender with your fresh juice or other ingredients and blend them up to make a delicious and healthy green smoothie.
If you need to thaw out the kale juice, you can either take a portion out of the freezer and put it into the fridge for a night or day until it has thawed out. If you need the juice a little quicker, then you can pop it on the kitchen side to thaw out instead.
Can You Refreeze Kale Juice?
No, you shouldn’t refreeze kale juice once you have thawed it out once. Every time your freeze and thaw out food, even kale juice, cause the food to deteriorate and change in texture and taste, and it may not end up as tasty if you refreeze it.
Does Kale Juice Freeze Well?
Kale juice does freeze very well! As long as you have followed the above methods, you shouldn’t notice too much difference between fresh and frozen kale juice.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing kale juice or kale in general, then these may help:
Can You Freeze Kale for Smoothies?
If you want to freeze kale to make smoothies or juice in the future, then blanch kale, dry it, and then bag it up. You can even freeze it in ice cubes so that you can grab a cube as and when you need it. If using in a blender, then you don’t need to bother defrosting it.
Can You Freeze Kale Without Blanching?
We would always recommend blanching leafy greens like kale and collard greens to lock in their colour, flavour and texture. It does take a little extra effort but will be well worth it in the longer term.
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