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We have so much spinach/ silverbeet this year I thught I would freeze some for later in the year when it’s impossible to grow it here. 🙂 Do I need to cook it a bit first or do I just chop it and freze it? :shrug:
Lucky you! We’ve not had much luck with spinach here, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed next time we plant.
From my ‘Will it Freeze’ book:
As you can blanch only a small quantity of leaves at a time, it’s a long job to prepare a large batch for the freezer. It’s far simpler and just as good to cook it, then freeze it.
Strip the leaves off the stalks, wash thoroughly and put in a large saucepan – don’t add any more water, there’s enough clinging to the leaves. Cook until tender, drain, cool and then squeeze or press out excess moisture. Chop and psck into polyethelene bags in small quantities, seal and freeze.
RECOMMENDED FREEZER LIFE: 1 year.
To use: re-heat gently from frozen in a thick saucepan, stirring occassionally.
😆 I knew that book would come in handy one day!
If you put it into mini or medium muffin pans, then put them into a bag its easier to use. Iceblock cubes if you dont have tins. If you put the cut stuff in a bag you end up with a big blob. 🙁
I blanch, with a quick stir,put it into a colander, put more in the boiling pot,then put the colander into a sink full of cold water drain and squeeze put it onto a tea towel, by which time I grab the next lot out of the saucepan. :tup: Between time squash it into your tins.
Dont pick too much to start so you get the hang of it. Good luck.
We cook our leaves whole then when cool we roll a few together into balls and freeze the balls together in freezer bags. We just take out as many as we need and zap them in the micro. We make the balls to equal one per person.
I chop mine finely then blanch then place in ziplock bags and freeze. It makes good fish food.
Thanks for all these great ideas! I just picked up a whole box of baby spinach at the markets for $7. My son thought I was crazy, but I know how much it cooks down. Thawing out the fillo pastry as I type for spinach ricotta triangles! They freeze well after being partially cooked as well.
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