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Bok choy overflow: how can I prevent it from going bad?

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In today's produce box I was expecting a baby bok choy, but it actually contained a giant super-adult-size bok choy. (This was my error.) I can't use that much boy choy in the next few days; what are my options for preserving it? Can I freeze it? If so, do I need to parboil it or do some other preparation? Are there uses that won't work well after a freeze-thaw cycle? (I mainly use it in stir-fry.) Or should I be looking for ways to cook with it where the results can be frozen, maybe soups?

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Freezing leafy vegetables is difficult because the cell walls are broken by the ice crystals, degrading the texture. Even after blanching the bok choy you will still lose some of the freshness, and further cooking will lead to a mushy mess. If you plan to use it for something like soup where the texture is less important, this might be okay.

If you cook the bok choy in a dish first you can avoid the need to cook it again, which will generally lead to better results. Stir fries would be an example, but it will still not be as good as fresh.

You can also try making kimchi with bok choy. I really recommend this, as the fermentation process naturally preserves the vegetables and it's quite delicious!

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Oh, I never thought of kimchi for bok choy (just cabbage). Thanks! Monica Cellio‭ 3 months ago

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