Freezing Spinach

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Our spinach crop has come in! Not really, but it was starting to bolt so we had to pick it all before it got bitter. I left four or so plants on the edge of the bed to go to seed so that I have… seeds. I replaced the spinach with a few volunteer tomato plants I found hiding in the cilantro bed.

The harvest gave us 0.59 pounds of spinach leaves. We figured the best way to preserve so much spinach was to freeze it. Before freezing spinach, you want to blanch it.

Start by bringing a pot of water to boil. Prepare a large bowl of ice water as well. Once the water is boiling, fully submerge the spinach leaves in the water for 2 minutes.

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Remove spinach leaves with tongs or a slotted spoon and submerge in the ice water for 2 minutes (error on the side of more time in the ice water).

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Remove the spinach to a dry dish towel to drain.

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Pack the spinach into either vacuum-seal bags or into a ziplock freezer bag. If you use a freezer bag, be sure you get as much air out of the bag as humanly possible. Freeze for up to one year!

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