Sea kale is perpetually known by various fascinating names, such as Sea colewort and scurvy grass. Sea kale shoots develop from the roots same as the asparagus. Truth be told, the delicate shoots of sea kale are used and eaten like asparagus. However, it huge leaves are mostly utilized like spinach or normal nursery kale. Similarly, its alluring, fragrant sprouts and even the roots are edible.
Like every other fresh vegetable, sea kale can go bad too. When properly stored, these green leaves will stay fresh for about 14 days in the fridge. On the other hand, kale purchased from your nearby rancher’s market will probably last more than that. In the following article, we have discussed all the important facts about sea kale and is storage that can help you.
How to store Sea kale?
Sometimes, it becomes very difficult to clear your path through all the kale you’ve purchased, either raw or in packaging, before it has started to dry up. However, you can preserve your sea kale using different methods explained here to retain its freshness texture, and taste for a longer time.
In the Pantry
Just like fresh vegetables, you can use the pantry to store your sea kale. However, this method only works if you have purchased a small amount and you are sure that you would be using the whole of it the next day.
So, while you store them in the pantry, make sure that your sea kale is cool, dry, and does not has any dark spot. Their shelf life is shorter and it is very dependent on the conditions in which they are stored. Therefore, it would be best if you store them in a fruit basket or the container to prevent spoilage.
In the Refrigerator
Sea Kale should be stored in the fridge, in a plastic tub or an airtight pack. Since sea kale needs air to stay fresh, it’s ideal for putting some holes in an airtight pack or do not seal the plastic container. Also remember not to wash your sea kale until you are ready to use it.
However, if you have some time, make sure to completely dry your sea kale after washing it before storing it in the refrigerator because the dampness can ruin the kale quicker. For this, take some paper towels and spread the leaves of washed and dried sea kale on top in a solitary layer. Then, make a roll of the paper towel with the leaves inside, and store it in an airtight bag in the fridge.
Can you Freeze Sea kale?
If you have an excess amount of sea kale, you can freeze it to store it to use over a long period. For this, first blanch the sea kale for 2 minutes, then sunk it into the cold water. If you decide not to blanch the sea kale, you’ll need to isolate the leaves from the stems later on which is hectic. Use paper towels to dry the sea kale before freezing it. If you do not dry your sea kale properly, there is a chance of it getting bitter or developing freezer burn.
Take a baking sheet or aluminum foil and spread your sea kale leaves on it, and freeze it for about 2 hours or until they became solid. Take an airtight container or a bag and transfer your sea kale into it. Make sure to take out all the air from the airtight container or a bag and seal it properly. Transfer it to the freezer. It will last for up to a year in the freezer.
How long does the Sea kale last?
The sea kale is similar to fresh vegetables has a relatively short pantry shelf life. The Sea kale stored in the pantry will stay fresh for 1 to 2 days. In that time, if they meet unfavorable conditions like dampness, humidity, or sunlight in this period, they will turn bad even before. If you store them in the refrigerator, they will remain fresh for 6 to 7 days and after that, their taste and texture will start to turn bad. So, make sure to use all your sea kale before that. Sea kale will last for up to a year in the freezer if you store it properly. Remember that you can only use frozen sea kale for cooking purposes.
How to tell if Sea kale is Bad?
As sea kale ages, it will start to lose dampness and wither. The leaves will transform from a rich dark shading to a pale greenish-yellow and become earthy-colored. After too long, the withered leaves will become spongy, and fluid will spill out. The smell is another pointer of decay. New sea kale ought to have a natural, “green” smell. As the sea kale ages, it will start to take on a smell like bad eggs.