Save Your Spinach

29 Oct

I love adding spinach to smoothies, juices, soups, sauces, casseroles and so many other things. I prefer to buy fresh or bagged spinach because my daughter likes to snack on the leaves and I can add them to salads to bulk up the nutritional value.

Before I wised up and started freezing it, I would often find that a bag of spinach would go bad before I could use it all up. I really hate throwing away food so I looked for ways to keep it fresh longer. Hence the freezing of the spinach.

Freezing spinach or any greens for that matter is crazy simple. I don’t know why it took me so long to figure this out.

I like to freeze mine in two ways. The easiest way is to just toss the spinach leaves into a freezer bag and stick them in the freezer. You can also put the original bag that the spinach came in right into the freezer if it hasn’t been opened.

For the cubes, I just add spinach & a little water, just enough to get it going, to my blender. Then I give it a whirl until smooth, pour it into ice cube trays, pop them out when frozen, and store in the freezer in a plastic freezer bag.

Both methods work equally well. One thing to note is that after freezing, spinach can become soggy so I portion out the amount that I know we’ll eat fresh in salads or on sandwiches. Then I make cubes for smoothies or juice and I freeze the leaves whole that I plan to use in cooked or baked dishes like casseroles, stews, sauces, etc.

 

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One Response to “Save Your Spinach”

  1. Sara October 29, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    You so clever:-)

    Like

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