Spinach is a mild tasting vegetable and is one of the most used vegetables in smoothies. Spinach can also be eaten raw, steamed or sautéed. It is affordable and easily accessible. Spinach is a good source of antioxidants, protein, fiber, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium and zinc. It also has great anti-aging properties. Adding spinach to you diet is sure to benefit your health. Spinach helps to reduce inflammation, improves eye health, maintains blood pressure and blood sugar levels, strengthens muscle, supports skin, heart and brain health, boosts metabolism, supports digestive system, helps with detoxification and treats and prevents cancer. With all these benefits, who wouldn’t want to consume spinach? It is common knowledge that vegetables spoil easily, with no exception to spinach. If spinach is not properly stored it can go bad. It is a good idea to know how to freeze spinach, so as to extend its shelf life.
Freezing spinach does not significantly interfere with its nutritional value. The nutritional value will be the same whether frozen or not. Before freezing spinach ensure that it’s not already gone bad. Spoiled spinach leaves are darker in color than usual, sometimes yellow, the leaves tend to be very moist nearly gooey and will often have a strong unpleasant smell. You may store spinach in your refrigerator as well but the shelf life will be far less. Typically, when fresh spinach is properly stored in your refrigerator, it can last around 5-7 days while spinach properly stored in your freezer can last anywhere between 10-12 months. There are three simple approaches on how to freeze spinach to later use in your smoothies. You may simply freeze spinach leaves, freeze spinach puree or freeze blanched spinach. The steps for each method are detailed below.