How to Freeze Spinach…

Do you rely on frozen spinach boxes in the middle of winter for your dips, soups and casseroles? Why not do it yourself and freeze spinach from a fresh batch this summer?

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We love to grow spinach in our garden.

Every year it seems that all of our fresh greens: spinach, lettuce, kale and arugula, are all ready to pick at once.  And for us, there are only so many salads and smoothies that one can prepare before the produce starts to turn bad. 

Although some greens aren’t ideal to preserve, spinach is the easiest to freeze.  It’s so easy that there are plenty of recipes out there that call for a 10 oz. box of frozen spinach – thawed and squeezed.  These boxes are the equivalent of 1 1/2 cups of fresh cooked spinach.  

So this year, instead of letting that bunch of spinach from your garden or farmer’s market go bad, take a few minutes and freeze some for later! And if you love dips, try adding fresh or frozen spinach to one of our favorites :  Homemade Artichoke Dip Recipe 

How To Freeze Spinach

1. Wash spinach thoroughly. Drain in a colander. 

2. In a large stockpot, add water until the pot is 3/4 full. 

3. Bring to a boil. 

4. As the water is heating, fill another large bowl with ice and water. Set aside. 

5. Once the stockpot full of water comes to a boil, add cleaned and drained spinach. Boil for 2 minutes.

6. Remove spinach and place in ice water bath for 2 minutes. 

7. Drain spinach by placing in a salad spinner or on paper towels and blot dry. 

8. Place 1 1/2 cups of cooked spinach in an air tight container. *We prefer to use a Food Saver Vacuum Sealer

Freeze for later use. Use within 12 months. 

Enjoy!
Mary and Jim

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5 thoughts on “How To Easily Freeze Spinach – A Great Way To Preserve Fresh Spinach

  • June 14, 2017 at 3:55 pm
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    I just bag mine after washing and draining and pop it in the freezer. I keep it raw and primarily use it in smoothies and soups. I’ve done this for years and have been very pleased with the results. I also do this with kale. (After stripping the leaves off the stem, I stack them and roll them into little cigar shapes and pack them in a quart bag. When I’m ready to use them I just grab a cigar and break it into whatever I’m making.) I freeze all my extra herbs, as well. When the freezer starts getting too full, though, I lay them out on my dehydrator trays and dehydrate them at 106 degrees. When they’re dry, I crush them, put them in a jar and seal it with my food saver. Easy and so nice to have the nutrition later in the year.

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  • June 13, 2017 at 6:40 pm
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    SPINACH IS REALLY EASY TO GROW BUT NEEDS COOL WEATHER OR IT WILL BOLT. YOU MY GROW SPINACH AND LETTUCE IN A COLD FRAME ALL WINTER LONG

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  • June 13, 2017 at 1:08 pm
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    Candi, you are not the only one!! (Missouri). Can’t seem to grow peppers either 🙁

    Lisa

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  • June 13, 2017 at 11:01 am
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    In order to freeze it – that would mean I would need to grow it….. I’ve been gardening since I was just a young thing….. I grow over 50 varieties of plants every year. I grow almost everything I put in my mouth all year long.

    But I can’t grow spinach to save my life. It’s way to high maintenance.

    I can’t even start the seeds in my house with great success.

    If you have the secret to growing spinach – let me know. Maybe it’s my climate. I’m in Kentucky….

    Please tell me I’m not the only one! 🙂
    -Candi

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    • June 13, 2017 at 3:18 pm
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      I’m in North Carolina. I don’t really have a problem growing spinach. Could it be the time of year you plant it? It likes cool weather. It also needs to stay moist until it has germinated. I don’t know what else could be the problem.

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