How to Freeze Spinach for Future Smoothies

Can you believe this is a picture of frozen spinach? I almost can’t and I took the photo! It looks so fresh and tasty.

It seems we always have spinach in our house. Sometimes we have spinach in bags or those plastic bins or even fresh from the farmer’s market. Like all the ‘greens’ in our house they make their way into our salads, smoothies and sometimes dehydrated as chips.

Normally there isn’t a problem eating spinach in time before it starts to go bad. By bad I mean that ‘wet’ look that means it’s days away from the infamous swampy gelatinous throw away spinach. Eww. This is where the freezer comes in and saves my butt leaving the spinach frozen in time and perfect for future smoothies!

To save my lovely spinach I just put it in the freezer. No blanching, special rinsing, or special bags or containers required; I just place whatever container it’s in directly in the freezer. Easy!

The spinach will keep like this for awhile, although I always use mine within a few days.

When I’m ready to make my next smoothie, I just grab a handful of frozen spinach and throw it in with the rest of my ingredients. In case you’re wondering if there is a change in color or taste, there isn’t. You can see from the photos how fresh it looks and trust me when I say the taste is just as good as fresh. Win!

What is your favorite way to eat spinach?

  • Rachel Carlson

    yay! i had no idea. guess i eat my spinach fast enough but now i have a backup just in case i don’t. i ALWAYS have spinach in the house as i survive off of spinach salads on a daily basis almost for lunch: spinach, walnuts, tomatoes, mushrooms, carrots, sometimes cucumbers, green onions, apples and feta cheese drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette.

    • Anonymous

      That salad sounds awesome!!

  • Crazyrawvegan

    Wish I knew this a few days ago, I just had to throw a bunch if spinach out! This will save me loads I the future though, thanks!

    • Anonymous

      You are most welcome! We just used up one tub in our freezer and I can’t get over that there’s no ‘I’ve been frozen’ weird taste. :)

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  • Guest

    So….if it only lasts a few days in the freezer, what’s the point, might as well leave it in the fridge.

    • michellelfelt

      It only lasts a couple of days because I use it in smoothies so it’s gone. ;)

  • Caryn

    Wow, I had no idea! I end up throwing out a lot of spinach. I keep overestimating how much I will use in juicing/smoothies, and then it goes bad before I can get through it. Will definitely try this! I’m so excited! Have you tried freezing kale or any other greens?

    • http://feedyourskull.com/ Michelle Felt

      Hi Caryn! Yes, I’ve had GREAT success freezing kale or any other green I’d use in a green smoothie. (Collards, baby kale, arugula, etc). Cheers!