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A kitchen tip for keeping spinach fresh (and saving money) for smoothies!

With Sincere Thanks…
Since my guest post, “When Giving Up Gluten Isn’t Enough” was published last week over at my friend, Shirley’s, website (gfe — gluten free easily) I’ve received so many emails, comments, and inspirational notes from many of you. You’re words of encouragement have touched my heart deeply, and have given me the determination to continue on my journey to wellness naturally. From the bottom of my heart – thank you. It has always been extremely difficult for me to open up and share what life is really like living with this disease. It felt incredibly freeing to open up, be vulnerable, and allow the words to flow. It is my desire to continue to allow myself to be vulnerable and share my story as it unfolds – thank you for sticking around to share it with me!

A kitchen tip for keeping fresh spinach (and saving money) for smoothies:
My sweet husband surprised me with an early birthday present last week – a Vita-Mix!! So I have been busy in the kitchen blending away making Green Spinach Smoothies, Green Mango Yogurt Smoothies, and my favorite hummus. I tell you what, after blowing 2 gaskets on my Kitchen Aid blender (that’s another story), the Vita-Mix blows my Kitchen Aid out of the water! It is so powerful and does things in fractions of the time it took my old blender to do. It’s an amazing piece of machinery!

After AJ brought home the Vita-Mix, I ran to the store to stock up on bananas, frozen fruit, and spinach. The store was out of the normal spinach I buy, and the only other bag they had available was a 2.5 pound bag of spinach that had already expired the day before (but still looked great). The produce man saw me looking at the bag and told me he’d give me half off if I wanted it. SOLD! I brought the spinach home, washed it all, and then decided to try to freeze it in quart sized baggies for smoothies (because there was no way we’d work through that much spinach before it went bad).

This picture is only part of all the baggies of spinach I ended up with, and the frozen spinach is excellent in smoothies – I just pull a quart sized baggie out of the freezer, hit it a couple time with my fist to break it up (or use a wooden spoon), then add it to the blender. I will definitely do this from now on. I can’t tell you how many times I would end up throwing away spinach I spent good money on because it would go bad before we’d have a chance to use it up.

quart sized freezer bags filled with single servings of spinach

Directions for freezing spinach for smoothies:

  1. Wash all of your spinach thoroughly and run through a salad spinner (or blot off excess water using paper towels).
  2. Place 2 – 3 handfuls of spinach in a quart sized freezer bag; squeeze the air out of the bag and seal. Repeat this step until all of the spinach is packed in quart sized freezer bags.
  3. Fill a gallon sized resealable freezer bag with the quart sized spinach-filled bags for easy freezer storage.
  4. Store in the freezer until needed!

gallon sized freezer bag filled with the smaller spinach bags for easy freezer storage

Here’s to lots of green smoothies!! 🙂
Cheers!
Megan

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Paula

Sunday 1st of May 2016

I am so glad to find your information about freezing Spinach. I waste so much as I just do not like the taste of cooked Spinach. I am looking forward to receiving your newsletter.

Robin

Monday 17th of June 2013

I also freeze spinach a bit differently though I blend the spinach then freeze it in ice cube tray then put the cubes of frozen spinach in baggies it's easier to separate the uses then using a whole bag of spinach.

Lisa

Wednesday 17th of April 2013

I usually just throw the whole bag or tub in the freezer and pull from that. It usually breaks off pretty easy. When I get the big plastic tub it actually freezes very nice and loose. Might save you from using up a pile of plastic bags every time. But yes, freezing is great and I think it's improved the texture of my smoothies!

Donna

Saturday 1st of July 2017

sooooooooooooooo agree with Lisa, the larger reusable plastic container is more environmentally sound and stacks nicely! Robin's idea is my long time favorite and works for all kinds of things including fruits and vegetables. Another great way to make the most of those perishable is to keep a plastic container in the freezer and add to it the stems, stalks leaves etc of other vegetables and when the container is full, boil and strain it for a super stock base for soups!

Ttrockwood

Thursday 11th of April 2013

Your body actually has a very hard time absorbing all the nutrients in raw spinach, you can absorb sooooo much more if the spinach is gently cooked (a quick dip in boiling water for a full minute is enough) Spinach you buy from the freezer section is actually cooked and therefore easier to absorb the nutrients- and awesome in smoothies since it also acts as ice. And even frozen organic spinach can be a good price (365 brand at whole foods) I am sooooo jealous of your vitamix! My favorite green smoothie is frozen blueberries, frozen spinach, vega vanilla almondilla protein powder, almond milk, and a glob of almond butter (sooooo awesome and fat soluable vitamins need some fat),and chia seeds

Mel

Thursday 21st of March 2013

I too have been juicing for 4 weeks now. I feel better than ever!! I will admit I have been waisting the spinach too. I LOVE my Vita Mix, i dont know what i would do with out it. Thank you for the great idea.