Freezing Turnips or Parsnips

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Whether you have a late harvest or found a good sale at the market, these vegetables can be easily frozen for later use. When freezing them, selection is the first step. Then follow a few simple steps to prepare them for the freezer. This is a page about freezing turnips or parsnips.


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July 23, 2006

Selecting High-Quality Turnips or Parsnips:

Select small to medium, firm turnips or parsnips that are tender and have a mild flavor. Look for crisp green tops as an indicator of freshness. Turnips should be firm without a lot of roots. Parsnips should be firm with no soft spots or cuts. Larger parsnips tend to have woody cores. Both vegetables will have the best flavor in the early spring after a winter of frosts. If growing your own, keep them in the ground as late in the season as possible. Frost will only improve their flavor.

Preparing for Freezing:

Cut off tops, wash, peel and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.

Blanching Time:

Water-blanch for 2 minutes or steam-blanch for 3 minutes. Cool promptly and drain. Turnips and parsnips can also be fully cooked before freezing.

Best Freezing Method(s):

Dry Pack

Pack blanched or fully cooked turnips or parsnips in suitable containers, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Seal, label and freeze.

Suitable Packaging:

Freezer containers should be moisture and vapor resistant and should not be prone to cracking or breaking at low temperatures. Containers should provide protection against absorbing flavors or odors and should be easy to label. Suitable packaging for freezing turnips and parsnips includes freezer-grade plastic bags, rigid plastic containers, glass containers, heavy-duty aluminum foil and foil containers.

Maximum Storage Time:

10 to 12 months at 0ºF.


Add frozen turnip or parsnip cubes directly to dishes while cooking.

Tips & Shortcuts:

You can keep turnips and parsnips frozen right in the garden all winter long. You can protect them from alternate freezing and thawing in the fall, by covering them with a thin layer of mulch. Once temperatures drop below freezing, push the mulch aside and let them freeze in the ground. Then recover them with a thicker layer of mulch so they stay frozen. Dig them up and thaw in a cool place as you need them.

Refrigerating Turnips and Parsnips:

Store unwashed in perforated plastic bags for 7 to 10 days. They can also both be stored at room temperature for nearly as long.
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January 26, 2012

How do you freeze or can turnips?

By Louise E


November 26, 20130 found this helpful

Can you freeze a whole turnip?

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May 24, 20190 found this helpful

Most people recommend blanching them and then cutting into smaller pieces before freezing. But some gardeners recommend leaving them in the ground through the winter, which would result in frozen turnips so maybe it could work out. But you will have to thaw it and then cut it into pieces so it might be better to do that work at the start so you can add frozen pieces directly to whatever stew or soup you are making.


Good luck and let us know how it works out.

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December 23, 2011

I have a lot of turnips, how to freeze them?

By Ralph


December 27, 20111 found this helpful

Clean, dice, blanch for 2 to 3 minutes, immediately place in an ice bath to stop cooking process, drain, lay out on a towel, pat dry, place in freezer bags with as much air removed as possible, place in freezer and there you have it ;-)

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October 28, 2011

How do you freeze turnips?

By J.D.


October 31, 20110 found this helpful

Dice and water blanch for 2 to 3 minutes. Be sure to give an immediate ice water bath after the blanching to stop the cooking process.


Drain, pat dry and remove as much air from the freezer bag as possible to reduce freezer burn.

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September 8, 2011

Can you freeze turnips and what do you do to prepare them for the freezer?

By Sandra A.


September 12, 20110 found this helpful

Here's a guide I submitted last week that gives instructions and blanching time for assorted vegetables including turnips. If you also want to freeze the turnip greens the chart shows greens too.
If it helps you give it a thumbs up for me ;-)

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August 10, 2011

Do turnips need blanching before freezing?

By Shelley


August 11, 20110 found this helpful

Yes. Peel, cube, blanche for 2 minutes, cool in an ice bath, drain and allow to dry on a towel before placing in freezer storage containers.

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November 24, 2013

I recently harvested my turnips and didn't have time to prepare them for freezing. I had left them in the garage for a few days. When I started to prepare them, it looked as if they had started to freeze. Is it still safe to blanch and freeze them?


By ENE B from Wooler, ON

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November 24, 2012

How do you freeze turnips?

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March 6, 2012

How do you freeze parsnips?

By Derek W

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February 8, 2012

How do you freeze turnip roots so that they are not be soggy?

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