How to Freeze Spinach
Have you ever wondered if you can freeze fresh spinach? Well, you can! Freezing spinach is really simple, and handy if you would like to have extra vegetables stored in your freezer. Come learn all about the 4 different ways I like to freeze spinach and several ideas for what to make with frozen spinach!
I often buy those extra large tubs of fresh baby spinach because they’re usually the same price as the smaller containers. Sometimes, though, we end up not being able to get through the whole container of spinach in time. Either because we’re smoothie-d and juice-d out or the kids are gone and Kevin and I are the only ones eating it.
Pretty quickly I learned about freezing spinach so I could benefit from the better price without ending up with wasted food. If you’ve ever been wondering how to freeze spinach, or why you might want to do that, look no further!
Using any of the 4 methods outlined below, you can freeze spinach for later use. I’ve thrown in a few recipe suggestions for you as well.
HOW TO FREEZE SPINACH
Just like most frozen vegetables, the vegetable is changed in the freezing process. Don’t expect to freeze spinach and be able to thaw it for a fresh salad. The best ways to use frozen spinach later on involve using it in recipes where it is cooked or blended so the consistency and texture doesn’t matter.
1. MAKE FREEZER SMOOTHIES
Frozen spinach works great for freezer smoothies. You don’t have to worry about the post-freezing texture when it is blended with other ingredients.
What is a freezer smoothie? It is basically a pre-assembled baggie that contains all of the necessary ingredients for your favorite smoothie recipe.
- Place your favorite fruits and veggies in individual sized freezer baggies.
- Label the bag the contents, date, and then freeze it.
- Next time you want a smoothie, open the bag and transfer the contents to the blender along with any liquids or protein powders and blend.
For more detailed freeze smoothie preparation instructions visit this post full of freezer smoothie how-to tips and smoothie recipe ideas.
2. FREEZE PUREED SPINACH IN ICE CUBE TRAYS
- For this method, I like to puree 3 – 4 cups of packed spinach with 1/2 – 1 cup of water.
- I find that the “juice” cycle on my blender works best.
- After pureeing, pour the juice into ice cube trays and then freeze the spinach cubes.
- After the cubes are frozen, pop them out of the tray and into a freezer bag.
- Label the bag with contents and date before stashing it in your freezer.
This method is perfect when you just want to add small amounts of spinach puree to smooth, chunk-free recipes like smoothies, soups or sauces.
Add frozen, pureed spinach into your favorite soups or pasta sauce recipes for an extra boost of vegetables. You can also toss these frozen spinach cubes in a smoothie or use it as baby food.
3. FREEZE CHOPPED SPINACH IN BAGGIES
Freeze pre-portioned of chopped spinach in small freezer baggies. You’ll want to think about what amount and size you typically would use in a recipe.
Really it will depend on how you want to use the spinach and what recipes you make most frequently. I like freezing chopped spinach in amounts ranging from 1/2 – 1 cup best.
Freezing spinach in this way is great for anything you would want to add pre-chopped spinach to.
If the recipe is something that is already pretty liquid (like soups) and thus won’t be affected by adding a little extra moisture to the recipe, you can pretty safely just add the spinach directly to the recipe according to the recipe’s instructions.
If you’re making something where extra moisture won’t go unnoticed, like these Sundried Tomato and Spinach Lasagna Rolls, you’d want to thaw the spinach and squeeze it dry.
I think the easiest way is to place thawed spinach inside a paper towel and squeeze that over the sink. Sautéing the spinach for a minute or two will also dry them out a little more. If you need to dry out frozen spinach even more, then you can sauté it to release additional moisture.
Recipes to use chopped frozen spinach
Here are a few recipes that work great with chopped frozen spinach added in:
- Baked Sausage and Vegetable Spaghetti
- Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup
- Easy Tomato Florentine Soup Recipe
- Chicken, Black Bean, and Spinach Enchiladas
- Sun-Dried Tomato Spinach Rice Pilaf
- Rosemary White Bean Artichoke Spinach Dip
- Artichoke Spinach Pizza with White Beans
- Alfredo Sauce
4. FREEZE SPINACH IN A BAGGIE (MINUS THE CHOPPING)
Freezing whole spinach leaves is ideal when you know you’d like to add spinach to various smoothies, but you don’t want to be boxed into anything in particular the way you would if you pre-assemble smoothie bags.
Or if, like me, you’re feeling a little too lazy to do any extra prep work. I’ve been known to stick a full tub of baby spinach directly into the freezer. But, it is probably best to transfer it to something a little more air-tight, like a gallon sized freezer bag.
To use whole frozen spinach leaves frozen in a bag, you pull out a handful or two of spinach as you need it.
- Green Smoothie Bowl
- Pineapple Green Apple Green Smoothie
- Pineapple Coconut Green Smoothie
- Caramelized Onion, Spinach and Bacon Pizza
- Taco Pizza
- Roasted Potato and Spinach Frittata with Feta
- 16 ounces Spinach Leaves
MAKE FREEZER SMOOTHIES
1. Stuff a freezer bag full of your favorite fruits and/or vegetables (including the spinach), label, date, and freeze. When you're ready to make your smoothie, dump the contents in the blender, add your liquids and blend.
PUREE AND FREEZE IN ICE CUBE TRAYS
1. Puree 3-4 cups of packed spinach leaves with 1 cup of water using the "juice" cycle on your blender.
2. Pour the spinach puree into ice cube trays and freeze.
3. Once frozen, transfer the cubes to a larger freezer bag. Date and label the bag of frozen pureed spinach and stash in your freezer.
CHOP AND FREEZE IN BAGGIES
1. Chop the spinach and freeze in pre-portioned amounts in small freezer baggies.
2. The pre-portioned size depends on what you want to use the frozen spinach for, but usually amounts ranging from 1/2 cup to 1 cup are ideal in our kitchen.
FREEZE AS IS
1. Simply remove spinach leaves from their container and freeze in a large baggie until ready to use.
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 26Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 79mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 3gSugar 0gProtein 3g
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