Okra is an essential ingredient for making Creole style gumbo, or even turkey gumbo after Thanksgiving. Fresh okra do not keep for very long, so freezing young tender okra provides some for future cooking. This is a guide about freezing okra.
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What is the best way to freeze okra?
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By Jonnie Shambarger07/08/2011
I use the same method as Lilac-wash, let dry and freeze. Blanching is not necessary for okra. I do put mine on a tray, freeze it, then bag while still frozen. This keeps it from clumping together so that you can remove just the amount you want to use and put the rest of the bag back in the freezer. If I plan to use it sliced, I do the slicing before freezing. Keeps from having to use extra freezer bags, as well as using immediately from freezer as opposed to waiting for it to thaw.
How do I freeze fresh okra? Do I need to blanch it first?
By Evangela from Charleston, SC
By Harlean from Arkansas07/09/2011
I freeze my okra about the same way as blackbeararts. Wash and dry , then slice it crosswise. But instead of using freezer bags such as Ziplocks, I use paper lunch bags. I take 3 bags, insert one inside the other. Fill them about 3/4 full, fold down the tops and staple them shut. These bags will keep very well for up to a year with no freezer burn, and very little frost inside the bag. They will not clump together. You can use part of the bag and re-staple and return to the freezer. I always label the bag with a sharpy Marker noting the contents, "Okra" and the date I prepared it. Always use the oldest packages first.
Harlean from Arkansas
How do you prepare battered okra for freezing?
Betty from Waycross, GA
Wash and drain okra well. Slice, coat with flour or cornmeal, spread on cookie sheet. Freeze then put in zip-lock bags. If you want to use to saute with onion and tomato, skip the meal before freezing. To freeze the small pods, put them on the cookie sheet, freeze and bag. You can pour out the correct amount without thawing.
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I would like to know how to prepare sliced okra for freezing.
Richard from Anthony, NM
For breading okra, salt and pepper, beat a egg or two according to the amount you have. Use self rising meal and self rising flour to coat well. I mix mine with my hands. Deep fry about 5 minutes or until light brown. Freeze on cookie sheet and bag when frozen. When ready to use put the frozen okra in deep fryer and finish the browning. Enjoy! (08/09/2006)