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April 16, 2010
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blueberrylu
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Has anyone ever frozen spinach and if so how?  Hubby planted a long row of spinach and I don’t think there will be anyway for us to eat it all fresh!!  thanks

April 16, 2010
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I have frozen it, and it’s pretty good actually if you like cooked spinach (which I do even though I prefer it raw)

Get a big pot of water to a VIGOROUS boil.

Wash it well and tear off any tough stems from your spinach.

Hopefully you have one of those pots with the large basket insert, but if not you can just toss the spinach into the water.

Let it return to a boil (moderate amounts of spinach at a time will work best so it comes back to a boil quickly)

After you see bubbles again, time it for NO more than 2 minutes.  About a minute and a half if it’s young and tender spinach, but no more than 2 minutes starting when you see the bubbles!!!

Get it out, and plunge it into ICY cold water, then drain well in a colander.

Freeze it in little piles on a cookie sheet so the piles are about as much as one serving. After they’re frozen, pop them off the cookie sheets and toss in a bag so you can later pull out 2 servings, or 4, or however many you need on the day.

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April 16, 2010
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I know you only asked about freezing spinach, but I have to add that I love and will not go without dehydrated spinach. I dried a bunch last year and use it quite often! You can crumble it into meatloaf, meatballs, etc. Works great in spinach dip. Yesterday it make quick work of making a pot of Wedding Soup (I had the tiny meatballs premade and frozen). Good way to get in some green AND stores well without taking up valuable freezer space.

Just sayin’ LOL.

But I love spinach in any form, even canned Eating

 

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April 16, 2010
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Thanks so much!!!  Hubby will be very happy to hear we can freeze the excess.  We both love spinach in any form, even though the kids would rather lick styrofoam then eat it. I would love to dehydrate some, but have no dehydrator.  I know you can find them at garage sales and such, but right now even that is a stretch.  I have fantasies of owning one of those excalibur ones with all the trays!! 

April 16, 2010
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Dede–

When you dehydrate your spinach, do you do any other prep besides washing it ? Always nice to know from someone who has tried it and had good luck. Instruction books don’t always have that (personal input). Wave Here’s hoping for a bumper crop of spinachShimmy.

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April 16, 2010
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Lu, Walmart has a decent dehydrator for a decent price. Watch for one with a fan if you are looking for second-hand. Having said that though, even an old Ronco dehydrator works great for things like spinach – I have 2 of those. Do you have a Freecycle near you? Ask there – ya never know. And spinach dries so quickly that you could lay it on screens and stick in your car on a hot day.

I did buy the Excalibur with 9 trays two years ago with some of my ‘stimulus’ money. Worth every penny – they are wonderful!

Mommafox – no other prep. Just dump in the tray and let it go. A salad spinner is good to have though – my 5 dollar one works fine Yes

And I store mine in wide mouth gallon jars with the leaves as intact/whole as possible so that I can choose how much/little I want to crumble it when I use it.

 

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April 16, 2010
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Thanks Dede. I got an Oxo salad spinner last year for Mother’s Day, so looks like all I have to do now is sit back and watch the garden grow.

 

 

 

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