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Best ways to store and use Okra

What is the best storage for okra? Can you freeze okra? How long does okra last in the fridge? We have answers to all of these food-saving questions and storage tips:

Best Storage

The fridge is the best place to store okra. To keep okra pods dry, store them in a paper bag or wrapped in a paper towel placed inside a perforated reusable bag in the fridge.

Ensure your fridge is set between 0 and 4°C.

Can I Freeze It?


Put whole pods in airtight freezer bags or containers, or cut pods crosswise prior to freezing.

Fresher For Longer

Okra pods will last longer if they are dry, as wet pods will quickly mould and become slimy. Okra will keep for only two or three days in the fridge.

Use It Up

The slimy texture of cooked okra is perfect for thickening soups, sauces and stews while adding a boost of nutrients to your dish.

For a tasty snack, try dipping okra into batter and deep frying it into fritters.

Did You Know?

Okra is an excellent source of vitamin C, folate, potassium and other minerals.

The sliminess of okra increases if it is cut into pieces and comes into contact with moisture and heat.

Ways to reduce the sliminess of okra:

  1. Soak in vinegar or lemon juice for 30 minutes. Dry completely before cooking.
  2. Freeze and cut in big pieces while still frozen.
  3. Use high heat to cook it – blanching, deep frying, grilling, roasting, etc.