Preserving Fresh Garden Okra

Robert Priddy Recipe

By Robert Priddy rpriddy918


As a request from a member here on [JAP] on how to preserve fresh garden okra.

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of fresh okra

Directions Step-By-Step

The best way to preserve your okra is to blanching them and then freezing. You can go back later and bread them with corn meal, bread crumbs, or any of your choices of breading; when you get ready to cook. It stays more fresh this way. This way you can either have okra for soups, frying, casseroles, and ect.
Place your okra in a strainer and rinse with cold water thoroughly.
Cut the stems off at the very end of the pods. Be careful not to cut into the seed cell.
Fill a pot 2/3 full of water and bring it to a boil. Get a large bowl of ice water ready as the water is boiling.
Place your okra into the pot and cover boiling for exactly four minutes. This procedure is called blanching.
Remove your okra with a slotted spoon and place the okra directly into the ice water after removing them from the boiling water and let cool for five minutes. Add more ice if you need to in order to keep the water cold.
Place the okra from the ice water into a strainer and drain for two to three minutes. Place the okra in zippered freezer bags, get as much air out of the bag as possible, and put them into the freezer.
Take the okra out of the freezer anytime and fry it up. Just toss the frozen okra with some flour, salt, and pepper; fry it in hot oil. Okra will fry up fine right from the freezer and won't be soggy.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Vegetables
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Jul 27, 2010 - Robert Priddy shared this recipe with discussion groups: "Recipes by Robert" Whats Cooking Today?
Barbara Gabriel potluck
Jul 27, 2010
Do you freeze the whole pods of okra? Do you slice them before breading to fry or do you fry the pods whole?
Robert Priddy rpriddy918
Jul 27, 2010
slice them, then blanch them, freeze them, and then when you get ready to use them.... take some out and bread and then fry
joeyjoan K chachi
Aug 28, 2010
Hey did you check out the way Donna does it? I followed her instuctions for freezing. I only have 2 very small batches this year because I learned way to late that you have to cut the okra while it is still real small or it gets woodie and unedible.
Bea L. BeachChic
Sep 3, 2011
WooHoo!!!! I'm going to try freezing some using your method. I'm freezing okra several ways this year so I can't wait til next week to freeze some your way, Robert.
joeyjoan K chachi
Sep 3, 2011
you can also just wipe them with a damp not wet paper towel and then freeze them. This was an easy way and it worked well I froze gallon bags full and pull out what I need as I need it.
Bea L. BeachChic
Sep 4, 2011
Here's what I've done so far: I sliced and put into ziplock bags; I froze some whole; I sliced, battered them & placed them on a cookie sheet, put in freezer then once they were solid frozen I transfered them to ziplock bags. Next, I'm trying Robert's way, then I'm freezing whole with water added to ziplock. Then I'll try your way, Joan. I love trying all ways to see which I like best.