1 Features of preparation for the winter
- 1.1 Preparation for a freezing or preservation
- 1.2 Options blanks
- 2 Conclusion
Sorrel grows in almost every garden and perfectly complements the soup and pies. But not only in the warm season you can pamper yourself with green cabbage soup and get a “vitamin charge” from dishes with using these acidic leaves: the correct preparation of sorrel for the winter allows you to cook a summer dish in the winter period of the year. You will learn all the options for preparation, as well as whether it is possible to freeze sorrel in the freezer.
Features of preparation for the winter
Harvesting sorrel should begin at the very beginning of summer, when the shoots are still young, tender, but have already managed to gain vitamins. From the middle of the warm season, the sorrel will be too sour, fibrous, and the body of the leaf will be much tougher.
Depending on the application of stocks of sorrel, you can use one or several ways:
- normal dry freezing;
- using marinade;
- dry pickling;
- pickling in brine.
Preparation for a freezing or preservation
Regardless of which method was chosen, an important and decisive step is the thorough preparation of the product for conservation.
The instructions in the table describe in detail all the details of preparing sorrel for conservation:
Step 1: Harvesting and Processing
Step 2: Soak and Rinse
Step 3: Drying
Washed leaves are sent to dry on a clean, dry towel or newspaper, spreading the greens in a thin even layer.
Dry in a dry ventilated area, avoiding direct sunlight.
Drying is necessary just to evaporate the water after washing, do not leave the greens for several days, if you do not plan to store sorrel in dried form.
Step 4: slicing
Cut the greens in any way convenient for you.
And you can do without cutting or chop sticks or small pieces.
Do not cut the stems at the very root - they are the main reserves of oxalic acid. It is possible to preserve the zelenushka with them, it is enough to remove only a small area on the tip.
In each of the above-mentioned options for the purchase of greenery for the winter has its advantages and its price. But we used to eat fresh sorrel in the fresh form and in the same form add it to the dishes.
How to keep the sorrel fresh in the fridge until winter? There are several options: dry salting, drying or freezing.
Is it possible to freeze sorrel? Yes, you can - with the help of fast freezing. However, it is worthwhile to foresee and prepare portions in advance, since sorrel is not subject to repeated freezing, and otherwise it will lose its benefit, appearance and taste.
How to freeze sorrel for the winter? All salting options are described in the table below:
Method 1: Freezing in the freezer
You can freeze sour leaves in different ways:
Method 3: salting in the bank
Salt sour greens can be a classic method using brine, but you can by the so-called "dry salting":
Store in a cool dark place.
Method 3: Drying
The drying process begins at the preparatory stage, when the herbs are washed, cut and sent to a clean towel.
However, in this case it is worth leaving the sorrel to dry completely (it will be brittle when touched, but should not crumble into powder).
How to store sorrel, dried in this way:
Method 4: Marinated
Sorrel, pre-washed and chopped, is poured with a standard marinade, covered with a lid and sent to storage in the cellar.
For the marinade will require:
Do not rush to salt the dish with salted with the sorrel for the winter: all the salt from the leaves will be absorbed into the dish. You can pre-wash the herbs in water to remove excess salt.
Green cabbage soup and other dishes can be cooked all year round, if you take care of preserving sorrel until winter. You have learned whether sorrel can be frozen for the winter, how to pickle or pickle this most valuable product without unnecessary trouble.
In the video in this article there are additional instructions on how to save sorrel. And if you have any questions, I will answer them in the comments.
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