|Left to right: broccoli rabe, Swiss chard, spinach.|
|The bottom rabe is perfect for eating. Top rabe is still edible, |
but open flowers indicate it's past prime.
|Chard after blanching. Stems retain their bright color.|
|After blanching, we'll roughly chop, vacuum pack, add the date and pop in the freezer.|
We use the chard and spinach interchangeably in recipes. Our favorites include sauteed and creamed greens (great accompaniment to steak), in hot dips like artichoke, in pasta florentine, and we've found rabe makes a tasty bitter sandwich topper that's a nice foil to rich Italian meats.
Wash greens. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Lower greens into water. Cook for 2 minutes just until wilted. Remove greens from water. Chop if desired. Place in freezer container. Freeze. Consume within one year.