In this SIMPLE tutorial, I’ll show you how to freeze spinach into cubes EASILY. It doesn’t matter if you bought it on sale in a supermarket, or from the farmer’s market, or if you have the spinach in your own garden. Freezing spinach will help you reduce waste in your kitchen and make your dishes more DELICIOUS and NUTRITIOUS.
As you might know from my Instagram stories and feed, I have been practicing gardening for a while. Not too much, just enough so my family can have fresh and chemical-free veggies and fruits.
And one veggie that I really LOVE is spinach. But it grows out pretty fast, and all of a sudden I have lots of spinach and don’t know what to do with it.
So, I’ve decided that I’ll start freezing it into cubes, just like the ones that you can buy in the grocery stores. And I fell in love with the whole process.
When you prepare and freeze spinach this way, you can use it for Oh-So-Many recipes. 😀 You can use it in soups, pasta sauces, smoothies, pies whatever you want! And most importantly, it’s so simple to do, that’s you’ll be amazed! 🙂
Here is how to freeze spinach
First, here is the equipment that you’ll need:
Then you need to wash spinach leaves (if not bought pre-washed) and give them a spin in a salad spinner to remove excess water. If you don’t have the salad spinner you can lay the spinach leaves on a dry kitchen towel and leave for 10 minutes to let them dry a little bit. It doesn’t matter if the leaves are still a bit wet, you just don’t want them soaked in water.
Take a handful of spinach leaves and cut roughly with a knife (or as fine as you like them in soups, pies, or any recipe you are going to use them in), and transfer from cutting board to the non-stick pan. Continue until all the spinach is cut.
Put the pan over medium heat and add water. Start stirring with a wooden spoon or spatula.
When water starts boiling, turn the heat down to low, and continue stirring until all the spinach has wilted down, about 1 or 2 minutes. You will see that the volume has drastically reduced and the color of the spinach has become darker.
Remove the pan from the heat for 15 minutes to let spinach cool down before freezing.
Transfer the spinach to ice-trays, packing really tightly. Place in freezer for at least 2 hours to freeze the spinach cubes and then transfer them to freezer bags for use in recipes.
Spinach prepared this way and properly stored in the freezer can last for up to 12 months. I usually use it in about 2 to 3 months, because I love using it in almost every recipe I can think of 🙂
So, here you go! A simple way to reduce food waste in your home and pump up the nutritional value of your dishes!
Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do!
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