Vegetables are a great source of nutrients, minerals, dietary fiber, potassium, and so much more. Of course, you will want the vegetables to be quickly and always accessible to you, but you don’t like frequently going to the grocery store either!
Maybe you always have so much work to do, or you may just be feeling a little sluggish to go to the grocery store sometimes.
In such a case, the best option to get ready access to the vegetables is freezing them! Right? Do you think all the vegetables can be frozen?
Well, if not all, most vegetables can be frozen. And luckily, radishes are one of those vegetables that can also be frozen and kept for later use.
Though freezing is a great option that will hinder the wastage of radishes, freezing them will change their texture and flavor. But don’t worry, it will not take away all of their crispness and flavor.
Especially if you grow radishes in your home, you will need to harvest them and handle more radishes than you can consume. Hence, the radish freezing process should be carried on in such times because you will never want to throw away your radishes.
With that said, let’s see how we can freeze radishes with this complete and easy guide.
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How to Freeze Radishes?
Ready to freeze radishes? So to freeze radishes, you need to know a proper guide so that you can get the best results. Follow these steps strictly, or else your radishes might not get appropriately frozen.
One important thing to know about freezing radishes is that whenever you freeze radishes, be sure that you never peel them off before freezing. Why so? Because by doing this, an enzyme will be activated, which can burst them during the freezing process.
Just follow the steps given below, and you will surely get the best results! Let’s see what its freezing process requires:
- Start by preparing radishes. Clean the radishes by washing and scrubbing them in cold water so no more dirt, soil particles, or any outside residue lefts on them.
- Cut the radishes. Remove both its end and top parts. Throw away the thin, stringy part (bottom part), but you can wish to keep the green part, usually on top, to use later in your dishes.
- Cut the radishes into the shape of medallions. Keep them either thin or thick. It is up to you; either of them works fine. If you keep them slim, they will be great to use in salads. But if you desire to keep them thick, you can roast them by simply taking the frozen radishes from the fridge and putting them into the oven.
- Now is the time to blanch the radishes. Take a large pot and fill it with water. Place it on the high heat stove. When you observe that water has started to boil, blanch the radish slices into the water for around 2 to 3 minutes. Pick your radishes out of the boiling water using a slotted spoon and place them in the ice bath immediately. Doing so will not let the nutrients escape out of radishes and freeze them in.
- Finally comes the last point: freezing radishes! To freeze the radishes, you do not just have to throw them in the freeze but will need to follow a specific process. Take a freezer bag or container and put in it the blanched radishes. Now, place this freezer container or bag in the freezer.
Point to be noted: If you choose to use freezer bags, do not forget to take out all or as much air as possible before sealing it. But if you are using a freezer container, it should be airtight and moisture-resistant. Using such containers will make sure that freezing provides you with the full benefit.
These five simple steps will help you freeze radishes and to get the most optimal result.
How to Thaw Frozen Radishes?
Once radishes are frozen, thawing them is very easy. Just take out as many amounts of radish medallions as you want to use at the moment and soften them. To defrost the frozen radishes, wash them under cold water.
Keep doing it until fully thawed; it will not take much time to defrost, entirely, though. When you observe that the radishes have no more ice crystals on them and they are soft and moist, you may stop the water and use them in the dishes you want to.
As they will lose their original taste and texture, it is just good to use them in cooked meals only.
Should I Freeze Radishes?
Though radishes can be frozen and used for later use, do you think you should freeze them?
Freezing fresh vegetables like radishes might seem a good idea when at hand with an abundance of radishes. However, if we freeze radishes, we are changing their texture and taste, which is different from the fresh radishes.
In addition to this, the quality of nutrients, vitamins, and other antioxidant properties is also reduced as soon as they are frozen. Therefore, it is always better to use the fresh ones whenever accessible rather than going for the frozen ones; frozen radishes can never replace the fresh ones!
But if you follow the correct method to freeze your radishes, that will somehow halt the goodness of vitamins and nutrients in the radishes. And this is, again, way better than throwing away radishes.
Once you know how to freeze radishes and how to thaw them, you will be able to save so many radishes for future use. But it is recommended that you do not buy a lot of radishes or radishes that you cannot consume in a day or two as the frozen ones are not as healthy and tasty as the fresh ones.
Nevertheless, frozen radishes do work fine if you want to freeze them because you have a great amount of them. Do you know where you can use them?
As told earlier, they are best in cooked meals, but you can use them in salads as well.