and other greens
For freezing spinach
freezer bags are a very easy way to pack them for the freezer.
What you choose to pack in is personal choice. I used quart
size freezer bags. If you pack in freezer containers you will not be
able to remove air as well and run the risk of freezer burn.
Freezer boxes work best for things that are frozen wet in a syrup.
Spinach is frozen blanched and dry.
A quart of spinach is too much for us to use at a time. The way I like
to freeze spinach is in smaller quantities, a cup or so.
I wrap those in inexpensive sandwich baggies
then store several of these in a quart size or even gallon size freezer
That way I still get the heavier plastic made
for the freezer from the
quart bags. But the smaller less expensive bags hold the
amount we need.
I use fresh spinach in my green smoothies. I am going to try
using the frozen spinach to make smoothies this winter when I am
longing for fresh garden foods.
First harvest your spinach early in the morning when it is at its
Rinse the spinach well. Sorting out any weeds, browned or
damaged leaves or other things (bugs) that might have gotten
Spinach will often have dirt hiding in its leaves so you need to rinse
well. I'll rinse and drain several times before I am content
that all dirt, bugs or dead leaves are taken care of.
other greens need to be blanched before freezing. This helps
retain the color and nutrition.
Bring enough water to cover
your spinach to a boil. I use my blancher but a large pot
will work as well. When the water is boiling throw in the
Start timing right away for 2 minutes. As soon as time is up
remove spinach to a bowl of very cold or even ice water.
This stops the cooking. The spinach will have reduced in mass
somewhat but not as much as you might think.
The last step is to drain the spinach and dry. I have a salad
spinner that I use to spin the water off. If you don't have
one you can simple drain in a colander then spread out on paper towels
and blot dry.
My good friend Cindy has a great method of spinning her salad that I
think would work here too. Drain your spinach then place in a
tea towel. bring up the corners of the towel forming a sort
of sack of spinach. Give it a whirl. Go ahead and
spin it around. The water will be spun out into the
Now package the spinach in whatever freezer containers you prefer.
Here are my smaller baggies of spinach. I flatten
the spinach out in the baggie and squeeze out as much air as possible.
Here is my labeled quart bag. It has 2 sandwich baggies
inside with room for a couple more.
Remove as much air as possible. Label, seal and
freeze. Freezing spinach is super easy!
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