How To Store Fresh Picked Okra

Storing Okra Place fresh okra in a paper bag, or wrap it in a paper towel and place the paper towel in a perforated plastic bag. Store okra in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. For longer storage, okra may be frozen.

Should fresh picked okra be refrigerated?

Refrigerate unwashed, dry okra pods in the vegetable crisper, loosely wrapped in perforated plastic bags. Wet pods will quickly mold and become slimy. Okra will keep for only two or three days. To prevent cross contamination, keep okra away from raw meat and meat juices.

How do you store harvested okra?

Store your dry, unwashed okra pods in your refrigerator. Loosely wrap them in perforated plastic bags and store them in your refrigerator’s vegetable crisper. Don’t wash them prior to storage, as moisture will promote mold growth and make them slimy. Store them for 2 to 3 days.

How do you store okra uncut?

Don’t wash okra pods. Wrap okra in dry paper towels and seal in a Glad® Food Storage Zipper Bag. Cut holes in the bag to allow for air circulation.

How long is picked okra good for?

If any jars do not seal, store them chilled in the refrigerator. Opened jars should last one to two months in the refrigerator. Let sit 24 hours before eating.

What do you do with okra after you pick it?

Once you’re done picking okra, store them in plastic bags in your refrigerator where they will last about a week or freeze the pods if you have too much to use. Just remember that harvesting okra needs to be done often.

Can fresh okra be frozen?

After cooling, you have several options for freezing okra. Place whole pods into airtight freezer bags or containers. Once they’re frozen, place them into freezer bags. If you plan to fry okra later, after blanching, slice pods crosswise and dredge with cornmeal or flour.

How many times can you harvest okra?

Okra should be harvested “cut-and-come-again”—that means pick pods every other day so that you get pods when they are tender and taste best. Harvest okra when pods are 1 to 4 inches long. Pods are ready for harvest about 60 days after sowing. Okra, sometimes called gumbo, is a summer and fall crop.

Should I wash okra before freezing?

Wash the okra, thoroughly drain it, and cut off the stems. Having been frozen in a single layer they will come off the sheet easily as individual pieces of frozen okra. Label your freezer bag/container with the date and keep frozen until ready to use. It will keep for 10-12 months.

What is the black stuff on my okra?

↑ What causes black spots on okra? Temperature, moisture and improper handling can cause previously bright green okra pods to develop discolored dark or black spots. Serve okra in stews, battered and fried, or as whole roasted pods.

How do you make frozen okra not slimy?

If you freeze okra and cut it while it is still frozen, it will less slimy than when you cut it fresh. A second trick for reducing sliminess is to soak the okra in vinegar for half an hour before cooking it. Rinse it and pat dry before cooking.

Can you eat okra with mold?

Avoid okra that is moldy, limp, or dried out.

How long does it take okra to pickle?

If possible, you should pickle okra within 6 – 12 hours of picking. Select tender, green pods of okra that are 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 cm) long for pickling.

Can you eat slimy okra?

Okra pods can even be eaten raw. The slime okra is known for is called mucilage, and it’s actually good for you. Okra’s high fiber and mucilage content are ideal for helping with digestion. Cooking okra slowly on low heat will bring out maximum mucilage.

Does pickled okra need to be refrigerated?

Refrigerate the pickled okra for at least 48 hours before eating or serving. (3 days will be even better.) Will keep for several months in the refrigerator.

What’s the best time to pick okra?

How to Harvest Okra The first harvest will be ready about 2 months after planting. Harvest the okra when it’s about 2 to 3 inches long. Cut the stem just above the cap with a knife; if the stem is too hard to cut, the pod is probably too old and should be tossed.

How big should okra be when you pick it?

Harvest the pods when they are 3 to 4 inches long. If the okra gets too large, it will be tough and stringy. Pick the okra every 1 to 2 days or yields will decrease (Fig. 3).

Can you eat raw okra?

Okra requires a hot climate to grow. People can add it to salads, soups, and stews. They can eat it fresh or dried, pickled, fried, sautéed, roasted, or boiled.

Can okra be used as a lubricant?

The okra is soaked for a period of time in water to produce the organic lubricant. Preferably, about 1 pound of okra is used for every 4 gallons of water used. If only frozen okra is used, about 1.5 pounds for every 4 gallons of water should be used. The okra may soak in the water for several days.

What are the health benefits of okra?

Okra is rich in vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants that help reduce the risk of serious health conditions like cancer, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Okra is also a good source of: Magnesium.