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How to Freeze Kale

Learn how to freeze raw kale! This freezer tutorial is a perfect way to preserve this leafy green, and is great for both gardeners and meal prepping.
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Meal Prep
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Yield: 8 people
Cost: $3 per lb of kale


  • freezer bags
  • salad spinner


  • 1 pound raw kale, stems removed + leaves roughly chopped


  • Rinse kale and dry in a salad spinner. Alternatively, lay kale on a towel and pat dry.
    Tip: Make sure to completely dry the kale. If you freeze wet kale, the leaves will have ice crystals.
    kale in a salad spinner
  • Lay kale in a single layer on a baking sheet or tray, and freeze for 15-20 minutes until the kale hardens in the freezer.
    Tip: You can skip this step if you're in a hurry. Note that your frozen kale will likely stick together in the bag without freezing in a single layer first.
    Freeze Tray in a Single Layer
  • Move the kale from the tray into a freezer bag. Push as much kale as you can into a single bag. I can usually fit about ½ a pound of kale into a 1 quart bag.
    Use frozen kale within a year.
    Move Kale to a Freezer Bag


Freezing vegetables will change the consistency and texture of the veggies.  Once frozen, kale should be served cooked or in a smoothie.
Serving size estimated at 2oz kale per person.