If you are looking to freeze rocket or arugula leaves, here is the most comprehensive guide on how to freeze and store rocket for the long term.
These methods and tips have worked splendidly for me.
So, let’s dive right into it.
- Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Rocket?
- How to Freeze Rocket?
- Freezing Rocket with Olive Oil
- Freezing Rocket in Pesto Form
- Freezing Rocket after Blanching It
- How Long Can You Freeze Rocket?
- How to Store Frozen Rocket?
- How to Defrost Rocket?
- Can You Refreeze Rocket?
- Does Rocket Freeze Well?
- Bottom Line
- Baking Sheets
- Parchment Paper
- Ziploc Bag or Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container
- Wash and Dry: Thoroughly wash the rocket leaves and get rid of any damaged ones. Then dry the leaves using a kitchen towel.
- Spread Out: Lay the leaves on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, making sure to evenly space them.
- Flash Freeze: Leave the tray in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight and let the rocket leaves freeze solid.
- Pack and Seal: Transfer the frozen leaves into a Ziploc bag or freezer-safe air-tight container and seal them in. Make sure to squeeze out all the excess air, if you are using a Ziploc bag.
- Label and Freeze: Add a label on the bag or container with the best before date, and you are all set to freeze the rocket leaves.
Freezing Rocket with Olive Oil
If you want to freeze some flavorful ice cubes that you can use to spice up your dishes, this is a great method to opt for.
Wash and Prep
Wash the rocket leaves thoroughly and get rid of damaged leaves. If you want to cut them, you can roughly chop them into smaller chunks.
Fill the Tray
Put the leaves into the slots of the ice cube tray and top it with olive oil, so that the leaves are submerged.
Leave the tray in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight and let it freeze solid.
Pack and Seal
Transfer the frozen cubes of rocket and olive oil into a Ziploc bag and seal them in. Try and get rid of all the excess air in the bag. You can use a straw to make this process easier.
Label and Freeze
Once you add a label on the bag with the best before date, you are good to go.
Freezing Rocket in Pesto Form
If you are fond of pesto, you can opt to make rocket pesto in bulk and freeze them for later.
Prep and Fill
Make your favorite pesto recipe and fill them into an ice cube tray or silicone mold.
Leave the tray in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight and let the pesto freeze solid.
Pack and Seal
transfer the frozen rocket pesto into a Ziploc bag and seal it after squeezing out as much air from the bag as you can.
Label and Freeze
Add a label on the bag with the best before date, and you are ready to freeze the pesto till you need it next.
Check out this video tutorial by “The Crunchy Ginger” on YouTube to see how it is done –
Freezing Rocket after Blanching It
Another way to freeze rocket is to blanch and then freeze them. This method is best to keep the color and texture of the leaves intact for longer.
Clean and Blanch
Wash and clean the rocket leaves and then put them in a pot of boiling water for 10 – 15 seconds. Then transfer the leaves into an ice bath to stop further cooking.
Dry and Lay Out
Thoroughly dry the leaves on a paper towel and then spread them out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure that they are evenly spaced and not clumped together.
Leave the tray in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight and let the leaves freeze solid.
Pack and Seal
Transfer the leaves into a Ziploc bag and seal them in, after making sure to squeeze out all the excess air.
Label and Freeze
Add a label on the bag with the date, and you can pop the bag in the freezer for the long term.
How Long Can You Freeze Rocket?
You can freeze rocket for up to 3 months. Though you can freeze it for longer, even extending it to 6 months, it would be best to use it sooner rather than later.
The longer it stays in the freezer, the more it will deteriorate in flavor and texture.
The rocket pesto, however, can last for much longer than the leaves. It can last for up to a year in the freezer, but it is best to use it up sooner.
How to Store Frozen Rocket?
You can store frozen rocket in any freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag. The key is to make sure that the rocket leaves are dry and well protected from being exposed to air and freezer burns.
Among the two options, Ziploc bags would be the better alternative, if you are pressed for freezer space. Ziploc bags allow you to freeze even large quantities of rocket compactly.
How to Defrost Rocket?
The best way to defrost frozen rocket is to leave them in the refrigerator for a couple of hours or overnight and let them thaw gradually.
This is best recommended when you plan to use it raw or to make recipes like pesto.
If you plan to use the rocket or rocket and olive oil ice cubes for cooking, it is best to simply add them to the dish. It will melt right into it and add the desired flavor.
Can You Refreeze Rocket?
No, it is best recommended not to refreeze rocket. Once it thaws, the rocket changes slightly in texture and quality – especially if it has been in the freezer for a long while.
This will only worsen with repeated freezing and thawing, making it unappealing and unsafe to eat.
To avoid having to refreeze or waste rocket, you can portion it beforehand or flash freeze the leaves separately, so that you can pull out just the right amount from a big batch.
Does Rocket Freeze Well?
Yes, rocket freezes well and can keep its flavor and nutrition intact for 3 months or so. As long as it is covered thoroughly and not exposed to air or freezer burns, it will be just as good as fresh rocket leaves.
But keep in mind that the rocket leaves might have slight changes in texture once it thaws.
So, unless you don’t mind the change, it would be best to use them for cooking rather than in salads or to eat raw.
I hope this article helped you freeze and store rocket.
If you have any doubts or would like to share some tips of your own, it would be lovely to hear from you.
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