How to store arugula: step by step preparation and 5 options for long-term storage


  • 1 Storage features
    • 1.1 Temporary storage
    • 1.2 Long storage
  • 2 Conclusion
Arugula - greens with unusual islet taste, which can be enjoyed in the winterArugula - greens with unusual islet taste, which can be enjoyed in the winter

Arugula - spicy greens with a mustard-nutty flavor, which is often used as an additive to salads, soups and main dishes in European cuisine. And in order to feast on dishes with this spice at any time of the year, and the greens have retained all their beneficial properties, it is important to know how to prepare rucola for the winter properly. Let's see if it is possible to freeze arugula for the winter and find out other storage methods.

Storage features

Arugula - one of the foundations of dietArugula - one of the foundations of diet

Proponents of proper nutrition are probably aware that arugula is not only a low-calorie product, but also a “bunch” of vitamins and nutrients. It contains:

  • B vitamins;
  • vitamin A;
  • tocopherol (vitamin E);
  • vitamin A;
  • essential oils;
  • zinc;
  • magnesium;
  • iodine;
  • phosphorus;
  • sodium;
  • selenium and other trace elements and minerals.
Dried arugula in a jar with a tightly closed lid can be stored in a kitchen cabinetDried arugula in a jar with a tightly closed lid can be stored in a kitchen cabinet
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The price of this useful greenery is also increased due to the fact that it has very few calories. But arugula can be stored in three ways:

  • in a refrigerator;
  • in the freezer;
  • in dried form.

Temporary storage

Arugula can be grown independently on the balcony, this plant is unpretentious in the careArugula can be grown independently on the balcony, this plant is unpretentious in the care

Of course, it is better to use fresh greens immediately after purchase or harvest from the garden. But if there are extra bundles left, they can be left as a blank the next time. This will require a fridge.

It is advisable to save the remaining leaves for the next time in the vegetable compartment, but you can leave it in the main compartment, if the grass is tightly packed in a plastic wrap.

My little instruction will allow you to properly keep the greens in the refrigerator:

A photo Description
table_pic_att15066332614 Step 1: Preparation

A bundle of arugula disassembled on leaves and washed from the grains of sand and earth under running water.

You can fill the bowl with water and wash the herbs there.

table_pic_att15066332635 Step 2: Drying

Lay out arugula on a paper napkin or towel to remove liquid droplets.

table_pic_att15066332646 Step 3: Storage

Storing arugula in the refrigerator means the following options:

  1. In the food film. Prepared greens are folded in a bundle and wrapped in plastic wrap, polyethylene or foil as tightly as possible so that there are no cavities with air. In this form, the leaves are stored for about 3 days.
  2. In the container. Greens placed in a vacuum container are stored for about 7–10 days.
  3. In a container with water. Cold water preserves the freshness, taste and color of arugula up to 3 days.

When preparing the beam, remove damaged leaves or greens with signs of rot and yellowness. By removing potential sources of pathogenic flora, you ensure better seasoning preservation.

Long storage

Is it possible to freeze arugula for the winter? Why not, because negative temperatures do not affect the taste and texture of arugula. Harvesting for the winter means not only deep freezing, but also drying.

Portion freeze is very convenient.Portion freeze is very convenient.

The table presents all the options how to keep the arugula for the winter:

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table_pic_att15066332678 Option 1. Drying

The spicy grass prepared as described above should be laid out to dry on a clean horizontal surface in a well-ventilated area.

It takes 5-6 days to dry all the leaves to the desired condition.

After that, they are folded in a dry glass container, tightly closed with a lid and removed in a dry dark place.

table_pic_att15066332689 Option 2. Portion freeze

Clean and dry herbs are chopped into large strips or harvested whole.

Put in portion plastic bags and send to the freezer.

table_pic_att150663326910 Option 4. Freezing in containers

This option is similar to the previous one, but instead of bags, plastic containers with a lid are used.

Arugula is placed in a container that needs to be filled completely. After that, it is sealed and cleaned for storage.

table_pic_att150663327011 Option 5. In ice molds

Greens finely chopped and put in ice molds.

Forms pour water or chilled butter or olive oil and clean in the freezer.

When the cubes grab, they shift them into batch packs and remove already for a long time.

In the freezer or as a dried green arugula elementary stored for a year. It can be used both in salads, so for cooking pasta, soups and savory sauces with your own hands.

Greens are not subject to repeated freezing !!!


It is possible to preserve the healthy qualities of arugula, its savory, spicy taste and rich green color until deep winter, if you properly prepare and freeze this spicy plant. The video in this article describes in detail all the options for long-term and short-term storage of arugula. And if you have any questions, I’ll be happy to answer them in the comments.

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