Here is the ultimate guide on how to make the most out of your swede harvest or purchase by freezing it.
I have found these methods to work like a charm.
So, let’s dive right into it.
- Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Swede?
- How to Freeze Swede?
- Freezing Roasted or Cooked Swede
- How to Freeze Swede Mash?
- How Long Can You Freeze Swede?
- How to Store Frozen Swede?
- How to Defrost Swede?
- Can You Refreeze Swede?
- Does Swede Freeze Well?
- Bottom Line
- Boiling Water
- Ice Bath
- Paper Towel
- Baking Sheet
- Parchment Paper
- Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container or Ziploc Bag
- Peel and Cut: Peel the swede and then cut them up into easy-to-manage cubes.
- Blanch: Put the cut swede in a pot of boiling water and let it cook for 2 to 3 minutes. You could add a pinch of salt to the water if you like. Then transfer the swede into an ice bath to stop any further cooking.
- Dry and LayOut: Using some paper towel, dry the swede thoroughly. Then spread them out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure that the pieces are evenly spaced and don’t clump together.
- Flash Freeze: Leave the tray of swede in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight and let them freeze solid.
- Pack and Seal: Transfer the frozen swede into a freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag and seal them in. When using Ziploc bags, make sure to squeeze out all the excess air before sealing the bag.
- Label and Freeze: Add a label on the bag with the best before date, and you are all set to freeze the swede for the long term.
Freezing Roasted or Cooked Swede
If you want to get some meal prep out of the way, roasting, steaming, or cooking the swede and then freezing them is a great idea.
Prep and Cool
Make the roasted or cooked swede based on your preference, and then let it cool down to room temperature.
Divide the swede into measures that you can easily manage to eat in one go.
Pack and Seal
Transfer the portioned cooked swede into a freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag and seal them in. If you are using a Ziploc bag, make sure to squeeze out all the extra air in it.
Label and Freeze
Add a label on the bag or container with the best before date and you are all set.
How to Freeze Swede Mash?
Freezing mashed swede is a quick and hassle-free process, and here is how you can go about it.
Cook and Cool
Once you have made your mashed swede recipe, let it cool down to room temperature.
Divide the mashed swede into quantities you would normally consume a mealtime.
Pack and Seal
Transfer the portioned mashed swede into a freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag and seal them in. Make sure to remove all the excess air, when sealing a Ziploc bag.
Label and Freeze
Add a label on the bag or container and freeze them. If you are freezing in a Ziploc bag, lay them down flat on a baking sheet till they freeze solid, and then stack the bags on top of each other to save space.
How Long Can You Freeze Swede?
You can freeze swede for 9 to 12 months. Roasted swede or mashed or cooked swede would last well in the freezer for only 3 months or so.
But as in the case of any food, the swede will deteriorate in quality the longer it stays in the freezer, so it is best to use it up sooner rather than later.
To make sure that the swede stays fresh for longer, make sure to keep it well protected from being exposed to air and freezer burns.
How to Store Frozen Swede?
You can store frozen swede in any freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag. With roasted or cooked swede, you could also keep them stored, double wrapped in cling wrap and foil paper.
But the key is to keep the swede well covered from being exposed to air. If you are pressed for freezer space, the best option would be a Ziploc bag.
The Ziploc bags allow you to store this chunky vegetable compactly, even if you have a big batch to work with.
How to Defrost Swede?
One of the best ways to defrost the swede is to leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight and let it thaw gradually.
You could also put the swede in the oven with extra cook time to compensate for the thawing period.
You could also thaw it in the microwave, especially mashed swede if you plan to use it up immediately.
In case the mashed swede dries up in the microwave, you can add a bit of butter and spice to fix it.
Can You Refreeze Swede?
Although you can, it is best recommended not to refreeze swede once it thaws. The swede can change slightly in texture, and it will only get worse with repeated freezing and thawing.
Unless and until the swede was put back in the freezer before it thawed completely and wasn’t kept out for long, it is best not to refreeze.
To avoid having to refreeze or waste the swede once it thaws, you can portion them beforehand into quantities that are easy to manage in one sitting.
Or you can flash freeze the pieces of swede so that they remain loose, and you can grab just the right amount instead of thawing the whole batch.
Does Swede Freeze Well?
Yes, swede freezes well, and if done right, it can last a whole year in the freezer.
Although it can go through small textural changes, the swede is perfectly safe to eat and tastes almost the same once it thaws.
But raw swede does not do well in the freezer, so it is always best to blanch, cook, or roast them beforehand and freeze them in portions.
No, it is best advised not to freeze raw swede. The swede changes in texture once it thaws and can be unappealing to taste.
So, it is best to cook, roast, or blanch them before portioning and freezing them in air-tight containers or Ziploc bags.
I hope this article helped you freeze and store swede for the long term.
If you have any doubts or would like to share some tips and tricks of your own, it would be great to hear from you.
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