How to preserve radishes

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how to preserve radishes” and discuss the different methods of preserving radishes.

How to preserve radishes

Radishes can be preserved by:

  • Storing under proper storage conditions
  • Refrigeration
  • Freezing
  • Dehydration
  • Pickling
  • Fermentation

Radishes can be preserved in a variety of ways. Fresh radishes store well without the need for refrigeration or freezing.

Storing under the proper conditions and refrigeration are recommended for short term storage while freezing, dehydration, pickling and fermentation allows long term storage.

Edible parts of a radish

Radish is a root vegetable and all parts of radish are available. Radish can be eaten raw in salads. Radishes can also be stir-fried or steamed. 

Radish leaves can be chopped and stir-fried or added into noodles and soups with other leaves such as kale.

It is important to purchase firm, unbruised radishes with green undamaged leaves. This way both the radish and leaves can be used in numerous recipes.

How to preserve radishes without refrigeration

Freshly harvested radishes can be stored in a cool, dark, moist place for about 3 months. Radishes can be stored in damp soil inside a cardboard box in a dark place such as a cellar or a basement.

How to preserve radishes by refrigerating

Preserving radishes by refrigerating them will keep them good for up to 2 weeks.

Radishes can be preserved for short term use by refrigerating. To preserve radishes by refrigerating:

  • Brush off soil and dirt from the radishes but do not wash them.
  • Trim the tops of the radishes and place them inside a plastic bag.
  • Add a damp towel into the bag to retain moisture.
  • Place the bag in the fridge until needed.

Washed and trimmed radishes can also be refrigerated immersed in a jar of clean water. The jar must be sealed and refrigerated until needed.

How to preserve radishes by freezing

Freezing is the best method to preserve radishes for the long term with the least changes to flavor and texture. Radishes can be blanched and then frozen for up to 6 months.

How to preserve radishes by dehydrating

Washed, cleaned and sliced radishes can be dehydrated in a food dehydrator until they are crispy. Salt and spices such as cinnamon and chili powder can be added to enhance the flavor. Dehydrated radishes must be stored in an airtight container.

Radishes leaves can be preserved by dehydration as well. Dehydrated and powdered radish leaves can be added to soups and smoothies. To make radish leaf powder:

  • Wash, clean and spin or blot dry the radish leaves.
  • Dehydrate the leaves using a low heat setting until the leaves are crispy.
  • Grind the leaves in a food processor until they form a fine powder. 
  • Transfer the powder into an airtight container.
  • Seal, label and store the container in a cool, dark place.

Use the dehydrated radishes and radish leaf powder within a year for the best flavor and texture.

More instructions on dehydrating radishes can be found here.

How to preserve radishes by pickling

Radishes can be pickled in a solution of vinegar, salt, sugar and spices. Pickled radishes can be stored for about 4 months. After being opened, they must be refrigerated and used within a couple of weeks. 

To pickle radishes:

  • Clean, wash and trim off their leaves and roots.
  • Slice the radishes into thin pieces and place them inside a sterilized jar.
  • Make a pickling liquid by heating together vinegar, spices, salt and sugar.
  • Pour the pickling liquid over the radishes.
  • Seal the jar and store it in a cool, dark place.

The pickled radishes will be ready for consumption in about 3 days.

There are various recipes for pickling radishes and a choice of spices can be used. This recipe provides a complete pickling method along with the ingredients.

How to preserve radishes by fermentation

Fermenting radishes with garlic and salt preserves them for about 2 months. To ferment radishes:

  • Clean, wash and trim off their leaves and roots.
  • Slice the radishes into thin pieces and place them inside a sterilized jar along with some cloves of garlic.
  • Make a brine solution by mixing salt in water.
  • Add the brine solution to the jar to cover all the radishes.
  • Cover with an airlock lid or which allows the carbon dioxide produced during fermentation to escape. You can also burp the jar by removing the lid every day if an air-lock lid is not available.
  • Allow the radishes to ferment for about a week.

After opening fermented radishes, always store them in a refrigerator.

A detailed method of fermentation of radishes can be found here.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “how to preserve radishes”. We discussed the different methods of preserving radishes, such as refrigerating, freezing, dehydration, pickling and fermentation.

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

References

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