When to Buy/In Season:
Fall and Winter
How to Select:
Look for unwaxed roots; wax is used to improve storage as for apples, but also seals in rot and mold. Rutabags should be firm with yellow flesh.
Rutabaga is part of the cabbage family, and is treated similarly.
How to Store:
Keep for a few weeks in the refrigerate or a cool, dry area (similar to storage for potatoes). As they sit, the flavor will develop into a more radish taste. Peel before use.
To Freeze from fresh:
Only use tender young rutabaga. Cut to required size.
Blanch: Blanch 3 minutes. Chill in iced water 3 minutes. Drain and place on tray in a single layer. Freeze for 30 minutes. Transfer to freezer bags, remove air, label and seal.
Store in the freezer (0F) up to six months
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