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Learn how to freeze raw, cooked, or pureed spinach

 Learn how to freeze raw, cooked, or pureed spinach

Learn how to freeze raw, cooked, or pureed spinach

One way to preserve spinach is to freeze it. Spinach can be stored in the freezer in various ways, including blanching, freezing raw, and making frozen spinach puree.

The star of the housekeeping service - spinach is rich in iron, vitamin K, calcium, and other vital and essential nutrients for the body. Although freezing spinach usually makes it soft and tender, but since most of its nutrients are preserved after freezing, it can also be used frozen. There are various ways to freeze spinach which we will discuss below.


Freeze raw spinach

To store spinach in the freezer, soak fresh green spinach leaves in a large bowl of cold water and rinse well. Then spread a cheesecloth or towel and spread the spinach leaves on it. Let the leaves dry completely. If you plan to freeze raw spinach, this step is very important and the spinach should not contain water when you put it in a freezer bag.

Put the spinach leaves in freezer bags without crushing them properly and remove the excess air from the bag by squeezing and place it in the freezer. In this way, spinach can be stored in the freezer for about 6 months. When consuming, it is sufficient to transfer it to the refrigerator a few hours in advance and then use it.


Boil spinach to store in the freezer

For this purpose, pour some water into a suitable container and bring it to a boil. Note that although blanching preserves the flavor and color of the spinach, some of the nutrients in the spinach may also be lost, so you can use blanching and steaming to reduce nutrient loss.

In the case of using boiling water, the spinach should be placed in boiling water for two minutes and taken out quickly, but if you want to use boiling water steam, put a suitable basket in the pot hole and when the water boils, add the spinach, put it in the basket and immediately after putting the spinach in the said basket Place a lid on the basket so that boiling water vapor stays fully inside the pot and does not escape. Leave the spinach in this state for a few minutes.

Next, immediately pour the spinach into a large bowl filled with ice water and wait 2 minutes. This quick transfer will stop the cooking process and preserve the color and flavor of the spinach.

At this point it is necessary to spread the spinach on a paper cloth to absorb excess moisture and wait another 20 minutes.

You can now place the spinach in freezer bags by removing the excess air.

This method allows you to store spinach in the freezer for a longer period.


The need to boil vegetables

Many people think that freezing vegetables is enough to freeze them and put them in the freezer, as mentioned earlier. But with this said, after about 3 months, there is a strong possibility that the taste, color and quality of the vegetables will change. While chard preserves its flavor, texture, and color, it's worth a little time.

Unpeeled vegetables in the freezer will continue to age over time. The aging enzymes found naturally in fresh produce continue to function at freezing temperatures, and what stops their activity is blanching or actually boiling the vegetables before freezing.


Freeze spinach as spinach puree

In this method, you pour a mixture of six parts spinach and one part water into a blender and put the resulting puree into suitable square molds in the freezer. It takes about 4 hours to completely freeze spinach. Then remove the frozen cubes from the molds and place them in the freezer bags. Make sure that it is still necessary to remove the excess air inside the bags. This mix can be used in cooking dishes such as spinach cakes.

If you have a lot of fresh spinach and want to keep some, the best way is to freeze it. By doing so, although its texture will change, its nutrients and taste will be well preserved.

If you think you'll be using frozen spinach at a short time in the future, just put it in a sealed container or plastic wrap in the freezer.

If you plan to keep the spinach in the freezer for a longer period of time and enjoy it later in various soups and smoothies, it's best to "boil". Blanching helps preserve frozen vegetables for a long time. In continuation of this article, learn with us about ways to freeze spinach.

 

The conclusion

Although it is said that various vegetables, including spinach, can be kept in the freezer for 6 to 12 months, the shorter the time between freezing the vegetables and their use, the better their flavor and taste, the longer the vitamins will be preserved. 

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