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How to Freeze Spinach and Silverbeet

Silverbeet is similar to spinach and originated in the Mediterranean. It is very easy to grow, gives you continuous picking and it freezes well which will save your household money in the months to come. This easy guide shows how to freeze spinach and silverbeet, the method is the same for both.

Equipment Needed

  • Large Saucepan
  • Large Bowl
  • Ice
  • Pasta Ladle or any ladle that will let water through. This quality non-scratch set with wooden handles from Amazon includes a pasta ladle with other useful kitchen tools. (Paid link)
  • Small Freezer Bags (Paid link)
  • Silverbeet or Spinach Leaves

Instructions

Time needed: 20 minutes.

How to Freeze Spinach and Silverbeet

  1. Wash the Leaves

    Wash the leaves. If you have a lot of leaves, cover them in water in a basin to save water then agitate to dislodge any dirt.

    Washing silverbeet and spinach leaves.

  2. Cut the Leaves

    Place 10 to 12 leaves on your chopping board then cut across the leaves so they will be ready for use when you need them. Discard any thick white stems if you don’t like the taste. The stems tend to be more bitter than the leaves.

    Cutting silverbeet leaves for freezing.

  3. Prepare Boiling Water and Ice Water

    Next put 2 inches (5cm) of water in the saucepan then bring to a boil. While you are waiting for the water to boil, fill a bowl with water then add a few ice cubes and set aside.

  4. Blanch First batch

    Add the first batch of leaves to the boiling water then cover and cook for 30 seconds.

    Silverbeet blanched for freezing.

  5. Place in Ice Water

    Take the leaves out with the ladle then put straight into the ice water which will stop the cooking process.

    Silverbeet in Ice water to stop the cooking process.

  6. Blanch Second Batch and Bag First batch

    Get the second batch of leaves ready then put in the boiling water.
    Take the first batch out of the ice water with your hands then squeeze out as much of the water as you can and put in a freezer bag.

  7. Prepare Ice Water for Second Batch

    Put more water and ice cubes in the bowl ready for the next batch which by this time would be ready to take out of the boiling water.

  8. Bag, Label then Freeze

    When you have finished, push the air out of the freezer bags then secure. Label with today’s date then freeze immediately.

    Silverbeet bagged and ready to freeze.

Storage Time

How Long Can You Freeze Spinach and Silverbeet?

It is best to freeze spinach and silverbeet no more than ten to twelve months. The longer it is in the freezer the greater the chance of freezer burn.

How do you Thaw Frozen Spinach and Silverbeet?

Thaw frozen spinach and silverbeet in the fridge overnight. However, it can be sliced with kitchen scissors straight into your dish frozen or thawed in the microwave on defrost mode.

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