How to Freeze Summer Okra
By kari Anderson
Our garden harvests this summer have been incredible, so I want to preserve what I can for winter use.
Here's how to preserve your okra -> -> ->
First, cut the okra up into small pieces.
Blanch okra by boiling it for 2 - 3 minutes.
Drain and run cold water over the okra to stop the cooking process.
Dump the okra into a bowl of ice water to completely stop the cooking process, then drain and rinse.
Dump the rinsed okra onto a cookie sheet and freeze for 30 minutes to an hour.
Make sure you choose a size that will fit in your freezer.
Remove from the freezer - it should be only partially frozen.
Partially "pre-freezing" will keep the okra from freezing into a big clump if you just dump it into a bag.
Move the okra to a freezer-safe zip-top bag.
Store in the freezer to use for gumbo in the winter!
Check the next slides for recipes to use frozen okra! -> -> ->
Creole Seafood Gumbo - My personal favorite!
Shrimp, Corn, and Okra Succotash
Creole Chicken and Sausage Gumbo - Another favorite!
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