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General Okra Info

To select tender okra, the bright green pods should be less than 4 inches long. Pick or purchase okra as close to cooking time as possible because the pods lose their bright green color and toughen up in storage.

When damp okra is stored, it molds on the outside and becomes even slimier inside.

Short Term Okra Storage

Spread the dry okra pods out flat, without washing, and place in a perforated plastic bag in the refrigerator. The okra will only hold 4 to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Okra Long Term Storage

Freeze only young, tender okra. Wash and trim off stems, leaving caps whole. Blanch in boiling water for 4 minutes. Cool in ice water for 4 minutes. Drain and loosely pack the okra in freezer bags. The okra will keep for 6 to 8 months.

Okra can be pickled.
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