Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Freezing Spinach

This is the time of year when the spinach is plentiful. I plant a lot of it, as I like to add it to dips, soups, stews, lasagna, tomato sauce and plan to add it to dog food.

It can be chopped and frozen in water. The water is the important part. It will be good for cooking for months if chopped and frozen in water. Its not good for salad after it has been frozen, however.

Just so you know.

You can chop it fine then put it into freezer bags, cover with water and freeze. I like to use ice cube trays for this so I can add the smaller amounts that I need for things.

I chop it very fine, then fill the ice cube trays with the dry chopped spinach. I then pour water into the trays until they are full and set them in the freezer.

Sometimes, in our freezer, it is hard to find a level surface on which to set several ice cube trays. I have to re-arrange the entire freezer first!

After they are frozen, take them out of the ice cube trays and empty into a large freezer bag. Seal and freeze. Then you can take them out as you need them.


icebear said...

i do that with ginger. i slice it into chunks then freeze it into ice cubes. otherwise, ginger goes fuzzy on me before i get to use it.
i may plant some spinach for a later crop, and freeze much of it this way. i was considering drying it for salad sprinkles along with green onion, swiss chard, beet greens and red vegetable amaranth.

The Japanese Redneck said...

Didn't know you could do this. I've been thinking about growning that vining spinach.

Just know it will make more than I can use fresh.

May have to do it now.

Sheryl at Providence Acres Farm said...

Drying for salad sprinkles is a good idea! Maybe I will plant more for that purpose. I could string it together and hang it to try under the porch.

I have wanted to grow the climbing spinach too! Let me know how it goes. Maybe I will plant some of that too. I could plant it on the corn, like pole beans, maybe. The partial shade from the corn might help keep it from bolting in the heat. I could also plant it on one of the trellises in the garden. There is a bit of space between the last tomato and the two tiny "Sweet Mama" squash plants where I could put it. Hmmm...I am running out of space but I think that's a good thing!