Preparing okra for freezing does not require much effort. You simply have to wash it up and cut out the stems before putting it into the freezer. Then again, there is a method in doing this that will prolong the okra’s shelf life as well. Properly frozen okras can last up to 9 months inside a regular freezer and 14 months in deep freeze. The following is a step-by-step guide on how to freeze fresh okra.
- Okra pods
- Sharp knife
- Pot with lid
- Zippered freezer bags
Steps to Freeze Okra
- Use young, fresh, and tender okra pods for freezing. Do not use fibrous and mature pods as they are quite inedible. Choose ones that have little or no puncture marks on the skin.
- Put the okra pods in a strainer, then rinse them with cold or tepid water. Separate them into groups of small pods (4 inches or shorter) and large pods (longer than 4 inches).
- Cut the stems from the small pods with a sharp knife. Make sure that you do not cut the seed cell.
- Fill two-thirds of a pot with water and let it boil. Prepare a bowl cold water and ice while waiting for the water to boil.
- Blanch the small okra pods by putting them in the pot and covering it. Leave the pods to boil for 3 minutes. Prepare the large pods while the small ones are boiling. Using a slotted spoon, remove the small pods from the pot. Put in the large pods and boil them for 4 minutes.
- Put the okra immediately into ice water after taking it out of the boiling water. Let the okra cool for 5 minutes. Add as much ice as needed to keep the water cool.
- Put the okra in a strainer after cooling and strain them for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Put the okra inside zippered freezer bags. Push as much air as you can out of the bags. Keep the bagged okra in the freezer.
- Repeat steps 6 to 8 for the large pods.