Care & Storage:
Many people are finding chard to be more of a kitchen staple than spinach! To keep your chard fresh for up to two weeks, put it in a plastic bag with all of the air squeezed out and refrigerate.
Easy Prep Ideas:
Although many people use chard cooked, it’s also an amazingly good veggie when used fresh. The leaves add great flavor and texture to salads, and the stems can add a great crunch. You can use the stems for dipping (like celery), or chopped in a stir fry. Chard leaves can be used in any recipe that calls for spinach (and they cook down just about as quickly). You can use the stems in one recipe and the leaves in another!
Tricks & Tips:
Chard freezes well - blanch, cool, and freeze in an airtight container for later use.
Chard is related to beets, with a slightly sweet flavor in the stem and leaves. Spinach grows well only in spring and fall, but chard likes summer heat as well, so it is a great green to have for 3 seasons of the year.
For more info and great ideas, check out our Weirdo of the Week post on chard!