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Preserving Spinach

When the garden produces too much food for your family to eat before it goes bad, it’s nice to have easy ways to preserve the harvest for long time use. Spinach is a versatile vegetable that can be used in many dishes, not just salad. So when there is too much spinach, here is an easy way to freeze it.

First, bring a large pot of water to boil on the stove.

While the water comes to a boil, wash your spinach leaves in cool water and grab a large bowl and fill it with ice water. You’ll also need a strainer and something to store your spinach in. I used a gallon sized freezer bag.

Put a couple handfuls of spinach in the boiling water and set a timer for two minutes.

After the two minutes is up, use a slotted spoon to scoop the spinach out of the water

and submerge it in the ice water. Let the spinach sit in the ice water for three minutes.

Scoop the spinach out of the ice water and place in the colander. Let it sit and drain for about five minutes. You may also need to squeeze extra water out of the spinach.

Finally, place the spinach in the freezer bag. Repeat with any spinach you have left. Squeeze the air out of the bag and place it in the freezer.

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