Can You Freeze Spinach?

As you probably know, spinach is packed full of the good stuff (and no, we’re not talking Popeye strength here). So having a supply, ready to use, whenever you need it is vital.

Can You Freeze Spinach?

Yes, you can freeze spinach for up to 6 months. To freeze spinach, you should blanch it before freezing it and then form it into cubes which can then be stored in freezer bags.

Can You Refreeze Spinach? No

Does Spinach Freeze Well? Yes

How to Freeze Spinach

Before you get to preparing and freezing your spinach, the first thing you need to do is make sure it is completely cleaned thoroughly.

Submerge it into cold water in a colander, give it a good scrunch to ensure the water gets in to all the cracks and then drain.

  1. Blanch
    Bring a large pot of water to a boil and prepare a bowl of ice water. Once the water is boiling, place the spinach in the boiling water for between 90 and 120 seconds. Remove the spinach from the boiling water and place it straight into the ice water.
  2. Drain and Dry
    Now drain the spinach and squeeze it dry.
  3. Portion into Cubes
    Push the blanched spinach into an ice cube tray. This will make it far easier to portion out. Place the ice cube tray into the freezer for 3 to 4 hours to allow your spinach to freezer solid.
  4. Bag Up
    Pop the cubes out of the tray and place them into a freezer bag. When you seal your bag, try to remove as much air from the bag as possible. You can do this by sucking the air out of the bag with a straw.
  5. Final Freeze
    Return the cubes to the freezer, and you’re good to go.

This is a method for freezing we love to use for all leafy greens from kale and cavolo nero to swiss chard and beetroot tops.

Can You Freeze a Bag of Spinach?

If you have bought a bag of spinach from the supermarket then you shouldn’t throw it straight into the freezer. Instead, you’ll want to blanch it beforehand before squeezing it into cubes that can be frozen.

3 Tips for Freezing Spinach

Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing spinach to have the best results:

Blanch It
Blanching for a minute will lock in flavour, colour and texture. It does take time, but it is well worth the effort in the longer term.

Portion into Cubes
Freezing spinach in cubes makes it easier to grab a portion at a time. Ideally, you need to find an ice cube tray with large slots.

Try Mixing With Other Greens
If you like to add a hit of green to your smoothies, then try mixing spinach with other leafy greens. You can then pop a cube of mixed greens into your next smoothie.

How Long Can You Freeze Spinach?

If you choose to blanch your spinach, then you can keep it in the freezer for 6 months before it will lose some of its flavours. If you have chosen not to blanch it, we would highly recommend consuming your spinach within the first month or two.

You Can Freeze Spinach for up to 6 Months

How Do You Defrost Spinach?

The good news is that you don’t need to defrost your spinach beforehand. You can use it straight from the freezer.

Place one cube of spinach per person into a pot over a low heat. Allow it to thaw. Once thawed through, you can add your other flavours and butter to the pan to finish cooking.

If you want to use spinach in a smoothie, this can be done straight from the freezer.

Can You Refreeze Spinach?

We would not advise refreezing spinach. You’ll draw a lot of the flavour out, and you’ll often be left with mushy, gloopy spinach when you eventually eat it.

Instead, try to focus on thawing out a portion at a time to avoid unwanted waste.

Does Spinach Freeze Well?

Provided that you take the time to blanch and prepare your spinach, it does freeze well. You’ll be hard pushed to tell the difference between fresh and frozen spinach if you consume it within 6 months.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing spinach or spinach in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Spinach Soup?

You certainly can freeze spinach soup. Just bag it up and place it in the freezer. We’ve actually written extensively about freezing soup here.

Can You Freeze Spinach Without Blanching It?

You can… However, we would advise against it. By blanching, you help the spinach to retain its goodness, colour and flavour. If you choose not to blanch the spinach, then try to consume it from the freezer in the first couple of months.

Can You Freeze Creamed Spinach?

We would avoid freezing creamed spinach. Instead, freeze the spinach, then cook it with butter and cream on the day you’re eating it. High-fat dairy products tend to split and lose their texture when frozen as the fat freezes at a different rate than the rest of the liquid. This can ruin your food.

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