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How To Freeze A Lot Of Okra

HERE’S HOW TO FREEZE OKRA WITH THE BEST FINISHED PRODUCT

Wash whole okra pods and thoroughly dry them on a large tea towel.  Cut and discard the stem end, then proceed to cut pods into 3/4-inch round cuts.  Transfer to a large bowl.

For freezing okra cuts that are to be used for soups and gumbos later on, spread the okra evenly over a cookie sheet that will fit in your available freezer space.  Allow enough time in the freezer for the okra to freeze solid.  Use a cooking spatula to pop the frozen okra off the cookie sheet, and store in good freezer bags. Press out as much air from the bag as you can before sealing closed or use a vacuum sealer system to store away vegetables.  Be sure to write on the bag the date and the amount of okra.

For freezing breaded okra to be fried later on, get out your favorite breaded okra recipe.  Coat the cut okra in your favorite batter recipe then spread the breaded okra evenly over a cookie sheet that will fit in your available freezer space.  Allow enough time in the freezer for the okra to freeze solid.  Use a cooking spatula to pop the frozen okra off the cookie sheet, and store in good freezer bags. Press out as much air from the bag as you can before sealing closed or use a vacuum sealer system to store away vegetables.  Be sure to write on the bag the date and the amount of okra.

SHORT ON FREEZER SPACE?  TRY THIS TRICK.

Make one freezer shelf available and stack the cookie sheets.  Use small bowls or upside down coffee cups to separate and help stack the sheets.  See picture below.

I had enough space to stack a third cookie tray.  In this photo, you’re seeing the last of the okra that needed freezing.



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  • nestoh

    Thanks for the great tip. Freeze the individual okra pieces first then bag and freeze them.

    So simple but so great an idea.

  • china

    Thank you soo much… This is the easiest way that I have found, and I thought that there should be a way to freeze them without cooking or blanching them first. Truly appreciate your tips. You are a life saver…