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KALE - FRESH, RAW, LOOSE

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5-7 days
Freezer
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10-12 months

Tips

  • How long does raw kale last in the fridge? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - after purchasing, keep kale refrigerated at all times.
  • To maximize the shelf life of raw kale, refrigerate in a plastic bag; do not wash until ready to use.
  • Properly stored, raw kale will usually keep well for about 5 to 7 days in the refrigerator.
  • Do you need to wash raw kale before eating it? Yes, kale should be thoroughly washed in running water before eating.
  • How long does kale last in the fridge once it has been cooked? Cooked kale will usually stay good for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator and 10 to 12 months in the freezer.
  • Can you freeze raw kale? Yes, to freeze: (1) Wash kale thoroughly and cut off woody stems; (2) Blanch (plunge into boiling water) for two minutes and chill quickly in ice cold water; (3) Drain off excess moisture, package in airtight containers or freezer bags and freeze immediately.
  • How long does kale last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 10 to 12 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - kale that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if kale is bad or spoiled? Kale that is spoiling will typically become soft, mushy and discolored; discard any kale that has an off smell or appearance.

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