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Freezing spinach
March 25, 2009, 1:53 pm
Filed under: canning and freezing

We ate spinach all winter by clipping off the outer leaves. Now spring has arrived and the spinach is enormous, so time to freeze. So far I have put up 12 quarts and my freezer is full. So that will have to do…

It is amazing how spinach cooks down. If I come home with a big grocery bag full from the garden, I manage to freeze approximately 3 quarts.

  1. Harvest spinach
  2. Wash leaves and trim stems
  3. Heat a very large pot of water to a boil
  4. Fill clean sink with icy water.
  5. Add about 2 colanders full of spinach leaves packed to boiling water.
  6. Stir once turn on timer for 2 minutes  and stir again.
  7. When timer goes off take spinach out of pot with tongs.
  8. Drain lightly and add to sink.
  9. Put 2 more colanders in boiling water and put on timer.
  10. Stir spinach in sink, take out with tongs and put  into a colander and let drain.
  11. Take 2nd batch out of pot with tongs, drain and chill in icy water sink.
  12. Put  drained spinach in colander into a 4 cup container.
  13. Put these 4 cups in a labeled 1 qt zipper freezer bag with “Spinach and date.:
  14. Take out air and lay flat in freezer to freeze quickly.
  15. Repeat …

5 Comments so far
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Has anyone had tried to freeze spinach or greens without boiling?

Comment by Patti

If you try to freeze spinach or greens without blanching they deteriorate quickly. Blanching stops the enzyme action. And then the frozen procudt is good for about 1 year. It is amazing how much better home frozen spinach tastes than what one gets commercially!

Comment by austingardener

tons of people freeze spinach without blanching and have tremendous success. wash, dry thoroughly and freeze. it will last you…

Comment by Mary

I will have to try that next December when my next spinach harvest comes in Austin, TX.

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