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General Chard - Swiss Info

Due to its high water content, Swiss chard stores poorly, so use chard as soon as possible after getting it.

Short Term Chard - Swiss Storage

Place unwashed Swiss chard in a perforated plastic bag in the humid crisper section of the refrigerator; it will hold its original quality for a week.

Once ribs and leaves are cooked, their shelf life in the refrigerator is limited. Ribs become soft and unappetizing, and the leaves turn soggy and sour.

Chard - Swiss Long Term Storage

Swiss chard leaves can be frozen. Remove all the ribs from the leaves or they will discolor. Blanch leaves for 2 minutes in boiling water, then immediately plunge into ice water for 2 minutes. Drain and package in freezer bags.

Do not store chard ribs, they will be soggy.

Chard - Swiss Side Notes

Swiss chard belongs to the same family as beets and spinach, but a flavor that is bitter, pungent, and slightly salty. Swiss chard comes in different colors; the leaves are always dark green, but red chard has red stalks and yellow chard has yellow ones.
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