For freezing okra, I use the freshest. It goes from the garden to the pot to the freezer in a very short time. Since we are not using any pesticides, I am not too concerned about thoroughly washing the vegetables from the garden. All I have to do is cut off the tip part of the okra and leaving the bottom intact. In other words, I am freezing he okra almost whole.
In a pot, I let the water come to a roaring boil and then I add the okra to blanch for a few minutes. What a beautiful color! When the blanching is completed, I pour okra and water into a colander and let it cool down (stop boiling) under cool running water. Some say to use ice, but I don't believe that is necessary.
When the okra is cool enough to handle, I pack the okra into quart size plastic bags and put them into the freezer for later use in gumbos, stews, and soups.
To Stir Fry Okra: I like to use fresh okra for the stir fry, not the frozen okra from my freezer. I simply cut the okra into bite size pieces discarding the tip of the okra. I also cut up some onions and bell peppers. If I have tomatoes available, I chop and add them to the stir fry, too. Oh, yes! Garlic and parsley make the stir fry extra nice.
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