How to Freeze Cooked Turnip Greens

Turnip greens make a healthy and delicious side dish.
Turnip greens make a healthy and delicious side dish. (Image: Tom Brakefield/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Turnip greens are a traditional Southern food favorite, The greens feature an edible root and taste best when cooked within a few days of picking. You can prepare turnip greens in a variety of ways, such as steaming and boiling with a smoked pork product. According to the University of Florida, turnip greens have a high nutritional value and are good sources of iron, vitamin A, potassium and calcium. You can freeze leftover cooked turnip greens for several months and enjoy them again at a later date.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic food storage container with an airtight lid
  • Heavy-duty freezer bag with a zip-lock top (optional)
  • Freezer tape

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Cool hot, cooked turnip greens quickly by placing the pan in a sink of ice water or by refrigerating them in a covered container.

Transfer the greens to a rigid plastic food storage container or a heavy-duty freezer bag. Allow a 1/2-inch head space in the container for possible expansion. Package large quantities of greens in small batches for the best quality.

Press an airtight lid onto the plastic storage container to create a secure seal. Squeeze excess air out of the freezer bag before sealing its zip-lock top.

Label the container or bag with a piece of freezer tape featuring the storage date.

Freeze the turnip greens in a freezer set at 0 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 12 months.


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