We planted three winter crops this year: turnips, lettuce and spinach. Of the three, the turnips have done pretty good. I was able to harvest a few today to use in venison stew for dinner tonight. As for the lettuce and spinach, they did not do quite so well.
One of the things I like to do with the turnips (aside from the using the turnips themselves) is to put up the greens in the freezer.
How to prepare turnip greens:
- Cut off the stems of any larger leaves (they’re too thick and sometimes woody).
- Wash all the leaves thoroughly to remove dirt or sand.
- Blanch (that means you submerge the greens in boiling water for about 1½ minutes).
- Cool immediately by submerging the greens in an ice bath.
- Drain thoroughly.
- Package in a freezer bag and place in the freezer.
You now have turnip greens to use later! I like to make a ham and turnip green soup.