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Freezing Swiss Chard {How to Freeze Swiss Chard}

Learn all the tips and tricks for freezing swiss chard to save time and money. Learning how to freeze swiss chard for frittatas, casseroles, and soups is a great way to preserve this healthy garden staple. 

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Swiss chard is a versatile vegetable that grows easily in most home gardens. When you have more than you can use at once, try your hand at freezing swiss chard for the ultimate meal prep hack.

Can You Freeze Swiss Chard?

Yes, just like Freezing Spinach, it’s definitely possible to freeze chard! Having a freezer stash of prepped and ready-to-use frozen swiss chard is a delicious insurance policy for lots of dishes. Throw some into a Gluten-Free Quiche, Instant Pot Tortellini Soup, Vegetarian Breakfast Casserole, or Creamy White Bean Soup, and go live your best life.

I find it easiest to freeze in ice cube trays, on baking sheets, or in silicone trays for smaller and easy-to-use portions. I’ve even used these silicone egg molds that are for making Instant Pot Egg Bites.

Can You Freeze Swiss Chard Without Blanching?

Yes, but it depends on how you want to use it and how quickly. If you plan to use the frozen chard within a few weeks, there is no need to blanch it first.

But unblanched chard left in the freezer too long will turn brown because of enzyme actions which will change the texture, flavor, and coloring. 

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Freezing Swiss Chard

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Freezing Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 12 mins
Learn how to freeze swiss chard for frittatas, casseroles, and soups

Ingredients

  • 20 oz swiss chard (~2 large bunches)

Instructions

How to Blanch Swiss Chard

  • Wash chard.
  • Loosely chop into ribbons.
  • Fill a bowl halfway with ice water. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan bring water to a boil. Add chard and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Using tongs or a slotted spoon, remove chard and add to the ice water. Chill for 3 minutes.
  • Transfer chilled chard to a strainer and allow it to drain.

How to Freeze Swiss Chard

  • Squeeze excess water out of the chard (I squeeze portions in my hand over the strainer).
  • Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment, waxed paper, or a silpat.
  • Freeze for 3 hours. Transfer to freezer bags once chard has frozen solid.

Notes

Use unblanched frozen chard within 4 weeks.
Blanched frozen chard should be used within 3-6 months.
There is no need to thaw the chard before adding it to soups or stews.
Nutrition Facts
Freezing Swiss Chard
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 22 Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.2g0%
Sodium 242mg11%
Potassium 430mg12%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1.8g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 347IU7%
Vitamin C 34mg41%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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One comment on “Freezing Swiss Chard {How to Freeze Swiss Chard}”

  1. Our garden produces a lot of swiss chard and while I could eat it every day in the summer, not everyone can. Thanks to Sarah, I can now stock my freezer and enjoy delicious dark, leafy, vitamin dense greens all year long!!5 stars