How to Prepare Spinach: 13 Steps
Spinach is an incredibly nutritious and versatile leafy green. It can be used in salads, soups, pasta dishes, smoothies, and more. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to prepare spinach.
1. Choose fresh spinach: Select spinach with vibrant, dark green leaves that are not wilted or yellowing. The stems should be crisp and perky.
2. Wash the spinach: Place the spinach leaves in a large bowl or clean sink filled with cold water. Gently swish them around to dislodge dirt and debris.
3. Drain and rinse: Lift the spinach out of the water, leaving any dirt behind. Rinse it under cold running water.
4. Repeat washing: If the spinach was particularly dirty or sandy, wash it a second time to ensure it’s clean.
5. Dry the leaves: Gently shake off excess water and lay the leaves on clean kitchen towels or paper towels, patting them dry with another layer of towel.
6. Remove the stems: Hold the stem at the base of each leaf with one hand and pull the leaf away from it using your other hand.
7. Trim tough stems: For larger leaves with thick stems, it might be better to use a knife to cut away the tougher parts.
8. Chop or tear the leaves: Depending on your recipe or preference, chop the spinach into smaller pieces using a sharp knife or tear them by hand into bite-sized pieces.
9. Blanch spinach (optional): To make it more tender and easier to digest, boil a pot of water with some salt. Quickly submerge your washed and sliced spinach in boiling water for about 30 seconds to 1 minute until wilted but still bright green. Immediately transfer it to an ice bath.
10. Squeeze out excess moisture: If using chopped blanched spinach in a recipe (such as lasagna), use clean hands or a kitchen towel to squeeze out excess moisture before proceeding with your recipe.
11. Sautee spinach (optional): In a skillet, heat some oil over medium heat, add garlic, and cook until fragrant. Add spinach and cook, stirring frequently, until wilted.
12. Season to taste: Add salt, pepper, lemon juice or other spices as desired.
13. Store leftovers: If you have leftover prepared spinach, you can refrigerate it in an airtight container for up to three days or freeze it for later use.
With these easy steps, you’ll be able to prepare delicious spinach dishes that are nutritious and full of flavor. Enjoy experimenting with spinach in your meals and reap the benefits of this versatile superfood!