Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tips & Tricks - Kale Cubes

To follow up on this morning's green smoothie recipe, I just discovered a great trick for storing and using kale. A few weeks ago, greens were BOGO at Publix (only $1 per 1-pound bag with a coupon!), so I stocked up. But when I got home, having four bags of kale and two bags of collards in my fridge was a little overwhelming. I knew I'd never use it all before it went bad, but I'd never frozen greens before and didn't know quite how to approach it.

Fortunately, the experiment went very well, and I think kale cubes will be a staple in our house from now on. Here's what I did:

Step 1
Fill blender with greens, and add just enough water to turn the blade. Blend until it reaches a fairly smooth, liquid consistency (some chunks are fine). I used my Vitamix for this and had to push the greens down with the tamper, especially when I packed in a lot of greens at once.

Step 2
Pour the kale mixture into ice cube trays, and place in freezer until frozen.

Step 3
Pop the kale cubes out of the trays, and store in a freezer-safe container.


I found that, in general, one bag of kale (1 lb) filled two ice cube trays when pureed, so each cube really has a lot of kale packed into it. I've been using one cube of kale per serving of smoothie (so four cubes if I'm making smoothies for all four of us).

Any other tips for storing and using greens? I'd love to hear them!


  1. Toss those cubes into soups! Or, how about a cube or 2 in risotto? Add some to black-beans & rice...oh I just adore kale & use it almost daily.

    What a great way to preserve in-season, local kale & not have to resort to pesticide-laden, wilty kale that is weeks old.

  2. Great minds think alike . . . I'm going to drop a few cubes into my zucchini-basil bisque tomorrow night! Love the risotto and rice & beans ideas, too! Thanks! I'm so hoping for more kale in my own garden next winter.

  3. Great idea! I've had kale go bad on me too, now I know what to do with it.

  4. Yes, I can't stand it when I let it go bad, so this has been really great. I still haven't gotten around to making that bisque though, so I haven't tried it in the soup yet. This week for sure!