Freezing bok choy is quick and easy. It’s a great way to savor that garden-fresh flavor all year long and have it on hand whenever you need it.
You can heat it up for a quick side dish, or use your frozen bok choy in any of your recipes.
In this post, I’ll show you exactly how to freeze bok choy fresh from your garden, the farmer’s market, or grocery store with easy-to-follow step by step instructions.
Preparing Bok Choy For Freezing
Before you freeze your bok choy, there are a few steps you need to take to get it ready.
First, start by washing the leaves and stems to remove any dirt or debris. Use a damp paper towel or just gently rub them with your fingers as you rinse if they’re really dirty.
Next, pat them dry or use a salad spinner to remove as much of the excess water as possible.
If you plan to leave yours whole, then you’re done. Otherwise, cut off the very bottom of the stalk to separate the stems. Then chop the leaves and stems into bite-sized pieces.
Do You Have To Blanch Bok Choy Before Freezing?
You don’t have to blanch bok choy before freezing it, which is nice because it makes the process much faster.
Although you could blanch it first if you’d like, as it may help to preserve some of the flavor and color.
However, in my experience, I find that it becomes a bit mushier when I blanch it first, so I prefer to skip this step.
How To Blanch Bok Choy To Freeze
If you would like to blanch your bok choy before freezing it, bring a pot of water to a boil on the stove.
Remove it from the pot and place it into an ice bath immediately to stop the cooking process, allowing it to cool for a few minutes.
Methods For Freezing Bok Choy
You can freeze your bok choy whole or chopped, or you can flash-freeze it first. The method you choose depends on how much time you have, and also how you plan to use it later on.
Freezing It Whole Or Cut Up
The quickest method is to leave the heads whole. But chopping then into pieces first will make it easier to use in your cooking and recipes, plus you can portion out only what you need.
The problem with doing it this way is that the pieces tend to clump together, which can make them difficult to separate.
Flash Freezing Bok Choy
Flash freezing bok choy first prevents the pieces from sticking together. However it is an extra step and does take a little longer.
If you want to try this, simply spread the cut up pieces evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Then put it into the freezer for about 15 minutes, or until the pieces are firm to the touch.
Tools & Supplies Needed
Below is a list of equipment and tools that you will need to freeze bok choy. Depending on the method you choose, you might not need everything.
- Quart freezer bags OR gallon freezer bags
- Sharp chef knife
- Salad spinner OR paper towels
- Permanent marker
- Large pot (optional)
- Bowl of ice water (optional)
- Baking sheet (optional)
- Parchment paper (optional)
- Steamer basket (optional)
How To Store Bok Choy In The Freezer
The easiest way to store frozen bok choy is to use freezer-safe bags. Gently squeeze all of the extra air out of the bags before sealing them so they take up less space.
If you don’t want to use plastic, you can use any type of airtight freezer-friendly container you have.
Or you could use a food vacuum sealer for even better protection from freezer burn.
How Long Does Frozen Bok Choy Last?
Frozen bok choy can last 3-6 months or longer in the freezer, as long as you prepare it correctly and store it properly.
Below I have answered some of the most common questions I get about freezing bok choy. If you can’t find yours here, ask it in the comments section.
What is the best way to freeze bok choy?
The best way to freeze bok choy is to leave it raw, and either whole or cut into pieces. Then flash-freeze it before storing it in baggies.
Why did my frozen bok choy go mushy?
Frozen bok choy tends to go mushy if you cook it first, but it can happen with raw bok choy too. The best way to prevent this is to add it to your recipe frozen as you cook instead of thawing it first.
Can you freeze raw bok choy?
Yes you can freeze raw bok choy. In fact it’s better to freeze it raw, because when it’s cooked first it can become mushy. This is also the fastest way to do it.
Can bok choy be frozen without blanching?
Yes, bok choy can be frozen without blanching, and this is the method I recommend. While blanching could help it retain the color and flavor better, it also tends to make it mushier.
Can fresh bok choy be frozen?
Fresh bok choy can be frozen raw, and either whole or cut into pieces. It’s a good idea to flash-freeze it first to prevent it from sticking together.
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