Thursday, August 30, 2012

Freezing Spinach


Spinach is a wonderful green that can be used in so many ways: fresh in a salad, cooked with a little lemon juice, or in lasagna or quiches.
It is so easy to grow and germinates at 40 degrees, so it can be planted early or even grown in a cold frame in the winter.
I freeze some to have in casseroles, as a side, or other dishes throughout the winter. 
It is great for green smoothies:).
Here is how to freeze spinach...

Pick your spinach and choose fresh healthy looking leaves.
Rinse them thoroughly and discard any browned, damages leaves.


Bring a large pot of water to a boil and then put the spinach in.
Have a bowl or clean sink of ice water ready.
Start timing as soon as your put your spinach in and then remove it after 2 minutes and put into ice water.
This will stop it from cooking.
Blanching helps it to retain a lot of color and nutrition.
Next, you will want to get it as dry as possible by running it through a salad spinner, or draining in a colander and patting dry.
I like to package in 1-2 cup quantities in quart Ziploc bags.
Make sure to get as much air out as possible.
Label and freeze.
It is that easy!

~Julia


3 comments:

Valerie said...

Thank you for this simple tutorial. I didn't grow spinach this year, but my Nevada bibb lettuce did so well, I'm going to expand my crop next to include different greens. Lettuce from the garden was such a treat this year!

It's All Connected said...

Home frozen spinach tastes so much better than grocery store frozen! ~ Maureen

Hope said...

I have always loved spinach.

You have such a pretty blog!

~Hope

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