This delightful dark leafy green packs a punch when it comes to iron and Vitamins A & C, and its uses are endless! Try as a base for a salad, a stuffing paired with cheese, or steamed alongside your favourite dish. Spinach is a great item to always have on hand in your refrigerator.
How to Pick Spinach:
Select a bunch that has crisp, dark leaves and avoid those that are discoloured or limp. Unless you’re picking up the pre-washed variety, make sure you wash it very well, as grit gets stuck amongst its leaves. The best way to do this is to give it a soak in the sink (swishing it around a few times) or with a salad spinner.
How to Store Spinach:
Spinach is best stored when wrapped loosely in paper towel and then in an open plastic bag in your refrigerator. It will last up to three days.
How to Prepare Spinach:
Spinach can be chopped roughly, stacked and thinly sliced, torn, or left whole.
Spinach can be steamed, sautéed, used in a stir-fry, pasta, or even on eggs. The options really are endless. Next time you are sautéing spinach, try adding a little garlic, ginger, sesame oil, or lemon as a flavour boost!
1 lb fresh = 10 cups of roughly chopped = 1 cup cooked.
Kary’s Spinach Tips:
- Adding slightly wet spinach to a frying pan will help it to wilt faster.
- To get the best flavour, only cook it until it begins to wilt.
- In a hurry to get your hot wilted spinach dried? Place it on a dishtowel. Next, wrap it up and wring it out over the sink to remove all the excess liquid.
- Add a handful of spinach to a fruit smoothie. You won’t even know it’s there and you’ll get all the healthy benefits!
What Does Spinach Go Well With?
Spinach goes well with: anchovies, bacon, butter, cheese, cream, dill, eggs, garlic, ginger, lemon, mushrooms, mustard, nutmeg, olive oil, sesame oil, onions, pepper, pine nuts, potatoes, red pepper flakes, salt, and soy sauce.