Freezing Spinach

Reaping the rewards of gardening!  This is the biggest reasons why we garden, to eat what we grow.

My spinach is growing like crazy right now.  We’ve been having it in our salads and I put a handful in my smoothie, but I still have an abundance. It’s time to start putting that abundance up so I can still have it when it’s too hot to grow it.

To freeze spinach, you have to blanch it.  This kills the bacteria.  So, I won’t be having this on my salads.  I will have it in my smoothies and I’ll put in in my lasagna.

I picked a bag of it and gave it a quick wash to get any dirt off it.  This is a nice pile of spinach.

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While you’re washing the spinach, bring a big pot of water to boil on the stove.  When that comes to a boil, have a boil of ice water ready.

Put the spinach in the pot of boiling water.  It needs to stay in there for about a minute.

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Then scoop it out and put it in the bowl of ice water.  This will stop the cooking process.  I put a colander in my bowl so I don’t have to fish it out of the ice cubes.

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Drain it really good and squeeze the water out of the leaves.  I rolled it up in a towel and squeezed the water out as well.

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That big pile of spinach leaves has turned into this little ‘pile’ of spinach leaves.

After squeezing out as much water as possible, I put it into an ice cube tray.  I got nine cubes out of that large pile of spinach.

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I froze this overnight and then put the cubes into a freezer bag.  Now it’s ready for me to grab a cube and put into a smoothie.  Or I can thaw out a couple cubes and add it to my lasagna.

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The whole process was less than an hour to do (picking -> washing -> blanching -> putting in ice cube trays -> putting them in freezer bags).  You just have the wait time of them freezing.

Now I can enjoy fresh from my garden spinach during the hot summer months and dead cold winter days.  However, I really think I can keep it growing all winter with the cold frame.

I left quite a bit in the garden.  Time to go pick some more!  🙂

Happy harvesting!

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