The hubs and I started a family garden in our backyard last year and LOVE to plant all sorts of wonderful veggies in it. We really try to hard to utlize it all year round and not just in the summer when the tomatoes are best (although, those are my favorite). So this past fall
Things You Need:
* Stock pot filled 2/3 full
* Bowl filled with cool water
* Bowl filled with COLD water and ice cubes
* Garden shears
Step by step:
1. I first clipped the collards I wanted off of the plant using my garden/kitchen shears. I discarded those greens that graced the ground as well as the itty bitty greens that were new growth (basically I stuck to the middle 2/3 of the plant).
2. Place the stockpot on the burner (filled 2/3 of the way with water) and bring to a boil.
3. Place the picked greens in a large bowl of cool water (I didn't do them all at once because I had far too many so I did it in sections). Once they had soaked for about a minute, I looked each leaf over to check for bugs or any signs of fungus and brush off anything that hadn't fallen off in the water. I dumped the water and then re-filled to give the leaves another bath.
4. Place the greens in the stockpot (once the water is boiling) and cover tightly and let boil for 3 minutes.
5. After 3 minutes, remove promptly using the tongs and place in bowl filled with COLD water and ice cubes. Make sure the greens are fully immersed in the water to ensure the cooking has stopped. Allow to cool in the bowl for 3 minutes.
6. Remove from the bowl and place in a collander to drain off excess water then squeeze the greens out to remove as much water as possible.
7. Once water has been removed, place in a freezer bag and remove as much air as possible for sealing. One trick I like to use if you don't have a food sealer is to leave just enough room along the zipper to place a straw in the corner and suck any remaining air out. It helps, promise!! Your collards are now ready to be put in the freezer for a later date!
So that's it, super easy! I now have several bags of collard greens that we can eat whenever our hearts desire.