Use this great + simple hack to keep your greens fresh and your smoothies tasting great all year long
4 freezer-safe bags
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freezer safe containers
Sort through spinach and remove any that are slimy or spoiled. Wash the spinach in plenty of cool water. Lay out on a clean dish towel and pat gently to remove excess water.
Pack the spinach into freezer-safe bags or containers. You can pack the spinach tightly. Label bag or container with date. If a precise amount (such as for a recipe) for the spinach is needed, make sure to add that to the label as well.
Place bags and/or containers in the freezer, allowing for air circulation for proper freezing. If using spinach within a few weeks or months, a standard freezer is sufficient. For longer freezing times, a deep freezer is recommended as it will keep the frozen food at a lower temperature, prolonging its quality.
You can use this method for ANY leafy greens! Kale, Swiss chard, carrot tops, you name it.
If deep freezing or longer freezer storage times, it may be prudent to double bag the spinach in order to prevent freezer burn.
Freezing Spinach in Cubes:
Add 2 cups spinach and 1/2 cup water to blender and blend until the leafy chunks are gone.
Pour blended ingredients into an ice cube tray and lay flat in freezer to freeze.
Store leafy green cubes in a freezer-safe storage bag until ready to use.