By Melynda Sorrels

When you have an abundance of turnips it's best to store 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 keep them for up to a year in the freezer. There's some preparation involved, but an afternoon's work will pay off for months with ready-to-use root vegetables.

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Turnips can be stored for up to a year in the freezer.

Step 1

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

Step 2

Slice off the ends and cut away any bruised or damaged areas with a small knife. Then peel with a knife or peeler.

Step 3

Cut into 1/2-inch cubes and drop them into a pot of boiling water, allowing the turnips to boil for three minutes.

Step 4

Remove them from the boiling water with a slotted spoon and place into a bowl or clean sink full of ice water. Allow them to cool for three minutes.

Step 5

Pour the turnips into a colander to drain.

Step 6

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

Step 7

Once they're frozen, transfer the turnips to freezer bags labeled with the date. Press out excess air before placing them back into the freezer for long-term storage.