How to Freeze Turnips

By Melynda Sorrels

When you have an abundance of turnips -- from your garden, the farmers market or the store -- freeze some of the bounty for later use. In the desert-dry air of the refrigerator, turnips will only keep for a week or two, but you can store them for up to a year in the freezer. There's some preparation involved in getting the turnips ready for the freezer, but an afternoon's work will pay off for months with ready-to-use root vegetables.

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Step 1

Rinse the turnips in cool, running water to remove any dirt or debris.

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Step 2

Slice off the ends of the turnips and cut away any bruised or damaged areas with a small knife. Peel the turnips with a knife or vegetable peeler.

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Step 3

Cut the turnips into 1/2-inch cubes and drop them into a pot of boiling water.

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Step 4

Boil the turnips for 3 minutes.

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Step 5

Remove the turnips from the boiling water with a slotted spoon and place them into a bowl or clean sink full of ice water to cool them quickly. Leave them in the ice water for 3 minutes.

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Step 6

Pour the turnips into a colander to drain.

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Step 7

Line a baking sheet with wax paper and spread the turnips over it in a single layer. Place the sheet into the freezer.

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Step 8

Check the turnips after 1 hour to see if they're frozen solid.

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Step 9

Transfer the turnips to freezer bags labeled with the date and seal them. Press out excess air before placing them back into the freezer for long-term storage.