How To Freeze Swede
Swede is versatile when it comes to freezing and you can pick your favourite method or freeze your swede in a variety of methods so you have a variety of food options to choose from.
How to Freeze Raw Swede
This first method is the most difficult of all the options because there is quite a bit of prep work involved. This is because you can’t freeze swede completely raw; you need to parboil or blanch it first.
If you try to freeze swede without parboiling then you are likely to find that the swede loses all its structure and becomes mushy. If you are happy to do the preparation work then this is how to freeze raw swede:
- Prepare Your Swede
Cut up your swede into chunks and wash them.
- Blanch It
Blanch the chunks of swede in boiling water for around 2 minutes. Once boiled, transfer immediately to ice water to prevent them from cooking any further. Once cooled, drain and then pat dry with kitchen towels.
- Flash Freeze
Now you are ready to freeze it! For best results, you will want to do a little more work though. Put some parchment paper onto a baking sheet and then lay out the swede into a single layer. Make sure the swede isn’t touching.
- Bag It
Freeze for a couple of hours then grab the baking sheet back out of the freezer and put the swede into a freezer bag.
- Final Freeze
Label the bag with the date and pop it back into the freezer. Now you should have swede that is ready to cook that you can grab just the amount you need out of the bag at a time.
How to Freeze Cooked Swede
Cooked swede freezes very well and you can choose how to cook your swede. This process will work for boiled, sauteed, mashed, roasted or steamed swede.
- Cook Your Swede
You can either boil, roast or mash your swede. Allow it to cool completely.
- Bag It
Grab yourself some freezer bags and label them with the contents and the date. Put a portion of cooked swede into each bag. Squeeze out any excess air as you seal the bag up.
- Freeze It
Pop the bags into the freezer.
How to Freeze Roasted Swede
Roasted swede is delicious and a staple in any autumnal roast dinner and the great thing is you can also freeze it! Just follow the instructions above to freeze any leftovers you have.
Or, you can pre-cook and prepare swede and pop it into the freezer in portion-sized bags so you can easily add some delectable swede to any meal.
3 Tips for Freezing Swede
Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing swede to have the best results:
- Mix With Other Vegetables – You can create bags of mixed veggies that go perfectly in the oven, roasted together. Try combining carrots, onions, squash, parsnips and turnip.
- Blanch It – Blanching may take an extra 5 minutes or so but it can ensure you have delicious, bright and tasty swede cubes when you come to use them in future.
- Try Making Soup – Swede makes for the perfect soup when frozen. Roast in the oven with some onions and carrots, place into a pot with some stock then blitz it up until smooth. You can then ladle portions into bags before freezing.
How Long Can You Freeze Swede?
Swede is one of those fantastic vegetables that can last in the freezer for ages. You can keep it frozen for between 9 and 12 months if you need to. Just be aware that the longer it stays in the freezer, the more chance there is of it degrading or changing in taste.
You Can Freeze Swede for Around 6 Months
How Do You Defrost Swede?
Swede is super easy to use once it has been frozen no matter how you have chosen to freeze it. You can allow it to defrost slowly in the fridge or you can speed up the process by popping it into the microwave.
You could even bypass all thawing methods and cook it from frozen!
Can You Refreeze Swede?
You shouldn’t refreeze swede once it has been frozen and thawed out. The texture changes and if your freeze the quality of the food will be compromised.
The only exception to this is if you have frozen blanched swede that hasn’t yet been fully cooked. You can thaw out and cook the swede and then freeze it again in its new cooked state.
Does Swede Freeze Well?
Raw swede doesn’t freeze well at all. The texture changes and the taste will change too. You might even find it too mushy to be usable.
However, if you blanch or cook your swede then it does freeze very well and can be kept in the freezer for a long time – perfect for having a healthy portion of veg in the freezer to use whenever you need it.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing swede or swede in general, then these may help:
Can You Freeze Turnips?
Without causing any arguments, some people use turnips and swedes interchangeably. You’ll be pleased to know that the method for freezing turnips is exactly the same too. Just follow the above methods but replace the swede with turnips. It’s that easy!
We’ve actually written a dedicated article about freezing turnips should you need more info.
Can You Freeze Carrot and Swede Mash?
Mixing your carrot and swede into mash is a great way of sneaking extra veg into your diet and it works especially well for children who don’t like swede but absolutely love carrots! This is also something you can freeze with ease.
Just follow the freezing cooked swede method above and just add mashed carrots to the mix.
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