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I got a bounty of cooking greens from the CSA box this week. I'm not sure I can finish them before they start to wilt. How do I go about freezing them to preserve them for longer?


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You'll need to blanch them first.  
The following link explains how:
http://faithfulprovisions.com/2011/06/29/how-to-blanch-vegetables/



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Does anybody know how long blanched greens keep in the fridge? They take up MUCH less space when blanched than they do raw, and I'm realizing I don't have quite as much of an "over abundance" as I thought. I can probably eat it all in a week, but not before the greens start losing freshness. If I blanch the greens within 2 days of pickup, will they then stay fresh another 4-5 days until I get the next pickup?


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Does anybody know how long blanched greens keep in the fridge? They take up MUCH less space when blanched than they do raw, and I'm realizing I don't have quite as much of an "over abundance" as I thought. I can probably eat it all in a week, but not before the greens start losing freshness. If I blanch the greens within 2 days of pickup, will they then stay fresh another 4-5 days until I get the next pickup?


Freezing after blanching prevents further enzyme degradation and bacterial growth.  Refrigeration merely slows it down a little.  I think you'll have to experiment to see what happens.  When the greens loose their bright color it means they are losing their nutritional value.  

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