Freezing battered okra

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2004/04/28 11:42:58 (permalink)

Freezing battered okra

How do I freeze battered okra?
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    angelfood
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    RE: Freezing battered okra 2004/04/28 11:52:03 (permalink)
    Why do you need to freeze battered okra? Just curious, LOL.
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    RE: Freezing battered okra 2004/04/28 12:04:59 (permalink)
    I am sure that somewhere you can find a support group for battered okra.

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    RE: Freezing battered okra 2004/04/28 12:07:23 (permalink)
    We have a large garden with lots of okra. We're trying to prepare it as much as possible prior to pulling it out of the freezer adn frying it. It may be as simple as battering it and freezing it, but with the quantity we have, we want to do it right. Any suggestions?
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    RE: Freezing battered okra 2004/04/28 12:21:23 (permalink)
    This is what I got from Clemson:

    FREEZING OKRA

    Quality: The smooth type varieties freeze as well as, or better than, the ridged varieties because they do not split as easily.

    Procedure: Select young, tender pods and separate into small pods (4 inches or under) and large pods. Wash. Remove the stems at the end of the seed cells, being careful not to expose the seed cell. Water blanch small pods 3 minutes and large pods 4 minutes. Cool promptly and drain. Leave whole or slice crosswise. Package, leaving ½-inch headspace. Seal and freeze.

    For Frying: Wash and remove stems. Blanch small pods 3 minutes and large pods 4 minutes. Cool promptly and drain. Slice crosswise and dredge with meal or flour. Spread in a single layer on shallow trays. Place in freezer just long enough to freeze firm. Package quickly leaving ½-inch headspace. Seal and freeze.

    Here's the link to that page: http://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheets/HGIC3300.htm

    And here's the link to the main page:
    http://hgic.clemson.edu/
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    RE: Freezing battered okra 2004/04/28 15:44:33 (permalink)
    Nothing like a college to come up with these answers.
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    RE: Freezing battered okra 2004/04/28 16:07:16 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by renfrew

    Nothing like a college to come up with these answers.


    Are you being sassy?
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    RE: Freezing battered okra 2004/05/04 08:48:27 (permalink)
    The best way that I have found is to slice your okra on to a cookie sheet and place in freezer several hours until firm. Then place into freezer bags. I don't blanch mine, just wash it and let it dry thouroughly before freezing. Then, when you are ready to serve,just put cornmeal and flour and seasonings into your freezer bag and coat your okra and fry. I like to freeze enough during the summer so I have it to use during the winter. I also use this in my vegetable soup ( unbreaded , of course).
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