5 Ways to Make Swiss Chard


  1. Steam the Swiss chard in a steamer. Add thick ribs to the steamer a few minutes before the green parts of the leaves. The leaves will cook in 1 to 2 minutes. Swiss chard is done when it is wilted and tender.
  2. Steam Swiss chard in the microwave. Steam Swiss chard with thin ribs whole in the microwave with the water that remains on its leaves after washing. This should take 1 to 2 minutes. Microwaves vary in intensity, so be sure to check your Swiss chard frequently until you have determined how long it takes to cook in your microwave. If you overcook it, it will be soggy, so start checking its appearance after one minute.
  3. Simmer Swiss chard in a pan. Place it in enough water to cover it fully. Add thick stems to the water 1 or 2 minutes before the green parts of the leaves. Then cook 1 to 2 minutes more.
  4. Sauté Swiss chard over medium heat. Place 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil or butter in a pan and wait for it to heat up. Then, add the Swiss chard stems and cook them for 2-3 minutes before you add the chard leaves. You can even chop the stems into 4-inch parts to manage them more easily. Continue cooking the chard for up to five minutes until it’s tender.
  5. Freeze Swiss chard. You can freeze Swiss chard and store it for up to a year. Wash your Swiss chard and then blanch it in boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes. Cool Swiss chard in an ice bath. Drain the Swiss chard and pack it into zippered freezer bags with no headspace. Put it in the freezer.


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