How To Best Store Spinach To Keep It Fresh, According To Chefs & Nutritionists

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How to store fresh spinach.

“The key to extending the shelf life of spinach is keeping it dry,” Moore tells mbg. “If you purchase spinach fresh in a bundle, wait to wash it until just before cooking. If you rinse it ahead of time (say for a week of salads), use a salad spinner to remove all traces of water.”

Then, follow this step-by-step storage guide from chef and certified nutritionist Serena Poon, C.N.:

  1. Remove the spinach from its packaging and dry it completely.
  2. Throw out any leaves that may have gone bad.
  3. Stack paper towels at the bottom of an airtight container.
  4. Lay the dry spinach leaves on top of the paper towel.
  5. Close the container and store in the fridge.

If the spinach you’re purchasing is prewashed, Moore recommends eating it as soon as possible. “But once you open the bag, add a clean napkin to the bag to wick away extra moisture, and keep the bag closed,” she says.

How to freeze spinach.

If you want to preserve your spinach beyond the standard five- to seven-day expiration date, consider storing it in the freezer. For optimal longevity, Largeman-Roth recommends following this method:

  1. Blanch the spinach in boiling water for 2 minutes (until it turns bright green.)
  2. Cool it down with an ice bath and drain the water.
  3. Store the spinach in a freezer bag or in ice cube trays.

10 ideas for using fresh or frozen spinach.

Fresh and frozen spinach can be used relatively similarly. However, fresh spinach is ideal for raw, uncooked dishes, like salads. Adding it to the end of the cooking process in pastas, stir-frys, or curry dishes helps maintain the crunchy texture and flavor of fresh spinach.

Frozen spinach can work well in just about any spinach dish that’s not a salad. Think spinach-artichoke dip, creamed spinach, spinach pancakes, omelets, or take a beat from Whole30 founder Melissa Urban and add it to fried rice. Freezing spinach in ice cube trays makes it easy to pop them in the blender for a veggie-packed smoothie

The bottom line.

Spinach is high in fiber, as well as antioxidants, like beta-carotene, vitamins A and K, and lutein, registered dietitian Maggie Moon, M.S., R.D., previously told mbg. Both fresh and frozen spinach maintains these nutrients and can be used interchangeably when cooking (for the most part.)

If you plan to eat your spinach within the first week or so, storing it in the fridge is a safe bet. If you want to keep it longer or buy more than you can get through on your own, opt for the freezer. When it comes to nutrition, you can’t go wrong either way.

 

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This content is strictly the opinion of Chef Serena Poon and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Serena nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

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