How to Freeze Spinach

I learned this year that I can grow spinach. A lot of spinach. We've been eating spinach for a couple of weeks now. But we still have A LOT. And we've got peas, squash, and zucchini coming up fast, so the kids and I needed to get some of the spinach out of the way. I thought it wouldn't take long, that we would harvest it quickly and that we wouldn't have a ton. I was hoping for 10 quarts actually, so I could put one quart in each of my months of the meal planner.


All three of us started harvesting during nap time last week. Then, after the second bushel, I went on in the house to start the washing. Eowyn came shortly after with another half a bushel. And then Gideon came in with another bushel and went back out to get another half. About 4 bushels worth of spinach is a lot of spinach. And a really big mess.




We eventually found a rhythm. It took a few turns, but we got organized and figured out where everyone worked best. Gideon was best at packing the spinach. He pulled off the big stems and any bad spots, spread it out on the table to dry a bit, and then packed it into the freezer bags. He also taste-tested occasionally for quality control.



Eowyn wound up being best at the blanching.  (She started as the washer.) She tossed the leaves in the boiling water for 2 minutes, and then into the bowl of ice water for another 2 minutes. She squeezed out the excess water and gave the spinach to Gideon.


I was in charge of washing the spinach for Eowyn. It worked well, and we got what we had picked done right as we ran out of ice. I was so excited because it was exactly 10 quarts, and Gideon kept saying we had 5 more plants to harvest. But when I went outside to take care of the animals, I realized Gideon had not been counting the spinach on the other side of the garden, and we have 20 (?) more plants!



We will have plenty of spinach this year. We're hoping to finish up the spinach tomorrow morning. We have the ice ready now. I'm so glad I have such good helpers. The three of us work well in the kitchen together. (This little one, though, does not. But she's so cute, who cares?)


Anyway, I've been thinking about the meal planner, and these posts about putting food up, and I came up with an idea. We'll do kind of a Harvest Recipes Link Up. I'll write up a post about preserving things, and then y'all can link up any recipes you have on your blog using the preserved item. So today we'll have the link-up featuring spinach!


There are two rules for this link up: the link must go to a recipe that includes spinach and you must share this post in some way (Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, etc, etc.). And those of us who are putting up spinach and using the Yearly Meal Planner will have one spot for recipes.

If you don't have a blog but have an awesome spinach recipe, share in the comments! I'm going to need quite a few spinach recipes.

Also, if you would like to "host" a Harvest Recipes Link Up, feel free! All you have to do is write up a post about preserving something, and then everyone can link up recipes for that item. I'm sure I won't be putting up all the things we can put up. That way we get a lot of variety and ideas. This will not be a weekly link up, or anything like that. Just an as-it-happens link up, so it'll keep us on our toes.

Everyone clear? Alright, let's see some spinach recipes! (In the "name" field, put the name of your recipe!)

13 comments

  1. Your post reminds me of all my spinach this week. Though I don't have kids in the house anymore to help. I picked spinach twice. Once it was five pounds, once it was three. So much spinach to freeze.

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    1. It's a fun problem to have, isn't it Daphne?

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  2. Your spinach looks great! Our favorite way to eat spinach is raw in salads. Hope you're enjoying all your healthy loot!
    Blessings,

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    1. My favorite way to eat spinach is not quite so healthy! Creamed spinach is just too good not to love though!

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  3. Our spinach did great this year as well. I just made a spinach quiche this past weekend that was wonderful!

    I would love it you shared it on the new Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop!
    http://oursimplelife-sc.com/our-simple-homestead-blog-hop-2/

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    1. Thanks Tracy! I forgot about sharing this one today!

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  4. What a great harvest you have and a great idea for sharing recipes. Thanks for sharing this with us at Good Morning Mondays. It is so great to see your children helping you in the kitchen, great learning for them all. Blessings

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  5. Thanks for adding it to this week's Our Simple Homestead Hop!
    http://oursimplelife-sc.com/our-simple-homestead-blog-hop-2/

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  6. Years ago I looked after the cutest little boy. He had a blood condition and had a recipe he had daily for his lunch. It was rice cooked, then cooked spinach chopped up with hard boiled eggs chopped fine, all mixed together. I tried making it at home and served it cold ( I don't know if that was the right way or not, but that's how he had it). Anyway my kids and I liked it a lot and it was something you could make up and use leftover cooked rice, and spinach and eggs with. The combination of the eggs and spinach is supposed to up your iron intake.
    Years before that I used to serve spinach cooked with poached eggs on top. Makes a great breakfast, lunch or supper! Just serve a side of sliced tomatoes or what have you.
    Pat in Kitchener

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    1. Thank Pat, that sounds really good! We have plenty of eggs around here too. I've never poached eggs though, it's on my list to try one day. Hmm, and I really can't wait for a nice slice of tomato.

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  7. Oh, did you plant perennial spinach? Some places spinach will come back year after year. Great boost to the budget, also I like that you cut it and can pick it over and over all summer.
    Pat in Kitchener

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    1. I don't think I did! I didn't know there was such a thing. I haven't planted anything perennial in our garden yet because I don't think it's going to our garden forever. We're going to be rearranging the farm a bit, and this garden is just for now. But I have big plans!

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  8. We grow a lot of spinach but we dont have no idea to keep them fresh. Do you have any idea to carry spinach and store long freshly ?

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