I really enjoy fresh greens. But they can be such a pain to store…

So after my story of garden woe, I’ll share a little tip I’ve learned this season on how to easily store my fresh greens. If you don’t really care about my garden (I wouldn’t blame you) just skip to the end. 😉

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Last year my hubby blessed me by building me four raised beds and three boxes in which I planted everything from spinach and kale to cantaloupe and squash. Unfortunately, the bugs were just as excited about my garden as I was…. and South Carolina’s heat and humidity were more than I bargained for.
 
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Yes, as hard as I tried, this year’s garden was not a success. Nor was last year’s. It seems the garden-learning curve when moving from the northwest US to the south is steeper than I thought.
 
But, despite my brown thumb, a few things did pop up and give a small yield. From our four rows of bush beans we got about 2 handfuls of tiny green beans, our couple rows of radishes produced about 3 that were big enough to eat, and after overwintering (?!?), two kale plants popped up and flourished on their own. We have yet to see if there are any sweet potatoes under all the slips we planted…
 
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To my surprise though, what grew the best was the turnips.

Looking back, I don’t really know why I planted them. Turnips are the only thing husband’s allergic to, and nobody else in my family likes them. Regardless, I planted a row of them, and was pleasantly surprised to find that the greens were very tasty in soups, stir-fry, and quiche.

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When the greens are large enough to pick (large enough = about the size of my hand) I snip them off and instead of washing and drying and wrapping in paper towels, I stick them in a jar of water. In said jar they will last for up to 3 weeks, if I make sure it’s always full of water. Easy-peasy, right? Not that the greens ever last that long when we get our smoothie on with the kale, or turn the turnip greens into a tasty quiche… (recipe coming soon!).
 
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So there you go. For easy green storage, pretend you’re a florist and stick ’em in water. 
 
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The End.

And you’re welcome.

PS: I haven’t tried this with baby spinach, only larger leaves.

 

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