Saturday, 5 January 2013

How do i salvage and save my Bok Choi?

I came back from Christmas with the relatives to find my Bok Choi being munched and the outer leaves full of little holes... then some of it was bolting and flowering.  What to do, what to do?

Freeze it?  Research says not...  but then there are a few posts out there that mention drying.  I can do that... our neighbour just dropped off his dehydrator!  Will I use dried Bok choi?  YES!!!  I do an Asian noodle soup all the time - its one of our regular ‘go to’ meals - brilliant!

I harvested up the majority of the bok choi.  Leaving the flowering heads alone to hopefully collect the seeds later.

I sorted through the leaves outside as I was pretty sure the caterpillars had penetrated the whole head of cabbage.  I actually ended up discarding about half of the crop - but the rabbit was excited about this it seems!

I thoroughly washed the leaves and plunged them in a pot of boiling water for exactly 2 minutes.  Then transferred them to an ice bath to stop the cooking process.

I laid them onto the dehydrator and left them for 8 hours, rotating the shelves.  Well I meant to rotate the shelves, but after doing it twice I forgot and went to bed!

This is what I found in the morning!!!  Not to shabby I thought - pleased with this result!  Can’t wait to try these in my soup!