Saturday, August 11, 2012

How To Prepare Breaded Okra To Freeze For Frying Later

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I love to see this in the summer.
If you don't know what this is, I am so sorry.  You can not beat a fresh batch of southern fried okra.  This is perfection.  And it is also one of the only few things that made it through the heatwave and drought conditions this year.  That is because okra is a real heat lover.  So even though our plants were a lot shorter than they usually are, they are still producing enough to pick every other day.

HINT: If you ever grow your own okra, please wear long sleeves and gloves to harvest it as okra has lots of little tiny hairs that will eat you alive.  Itching and burning like crazy is what you will get if you don't.

I thought I would share the process I use to get my fresh okra breaded and freezer ready so I can fry a "fresh" batch any time I want to.

Step 1: Pick, wash, and dry your okra.
        2: Cut off stem and pointy end of each pod (throw away or compost ends) and slice in 1/2 inch slices. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
       3: Put a bunch of cornmeal, already seasoned with salt and pepper, in a gallon ziploc bag.
       4: Add a few handfuls of okra to the bag at a time and shake around till all pieces are covered with the cornmeal mix.
       5: Remove breaded okra and spread on baking sheet.
       6: Place the baking pan full of okra in the preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes, turn okra and return to oven for 10 more minutes.  This dry blanches your okra.
       7: Let okra cool completely then put in freezer in a pretty flat layer so the pieces will freeze separately and not stick in one big clump.  About 2 hours.
       8: Remove okra from baking pan and put into freezer bags and make sure to get as much air out as possible.  If you have a vacuum sealer that is perfect.

Make sure to label your contents and date so you can use the oldest first.  If you are not sure why you should blanch your okra then feel free to check out this page for info on that.  And for dry blanching specifically check out this link here.

2 comments:

  1. LOVE okra and this is exactly how I love it!

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  2. What a great idea. I love the idea of being able to prepare it in advance for an easy side dish on a busy night.

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