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How to prepare spinach

How to prepare spinach

For most people (and me most of all), spinach brings back bad memories of canteens... But, well prepared, it's a fine and delicate vegetable which goes remarkably well with scrambled eggs, fish, and many another things. Here are two ways of preparing it.

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Last modified on: June 5th 2015

For 500 g, you will need:

Change for: 250 g 500 g 1 kg 1 kg 500 g

How long does it take?

PreparationCookingStart to finish
52 min.17 min.1 hour 9 min.
Preservation: Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar
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Step by step recipe

1 How to prepare spinach : Photo of step #1Start by washing 1 kg fresh spinach in several changes of lukewarm water (not too cold, like for all earthy vegetables). 10 min.
2 How to prepare spinach : Photo of step #2Drain. 2 min.
3 How to prepare spinach : Photo of step #3To prepare the leaves, you need to remove the central vein, for that there are two methods:

Fold the leaf in two along the central vein.
4 How to prepare spinach : Photo of step #4Then with a knife, remove the central vein.
5 How to prepare spinach : Photo of step #5You should keep only the green and tender part of the leaf.
6 How to prepare spinach : Photo of step #6Second method: fold the leaf in half along the central vein.
7 How to prepare spinach : Photo of step #7Then detach the vein by pulling on the stalk, from the base towards the top (in the direction of the arrow), until it's completely detached.
8 How to prepare spinach : Photo of step #8Do this for all the leaves.

If you don't want to blanch the spinach, but just wilt it with a little butter, dry thoroughly in a salad spinner and go on to the following stage.
30 min.
9 How to prepare spinach : Photo of step #9

To blanch spinach

If you wish to blanch before cooking, which brings out the flavour, boil a large pan of water, then salt using 1 tablespoon of salt per litre of water.

Also prepare a large container, or your sink, full of water as cold as possible (ice-cold).
10 min.
10 How to prepare spinach : Photo of step #10Tip in spinach leaves.
11 How to prepare spinach : Photo of step #11Plunge the leaves down under the water, while waiting for it to come back to the boil. 1 min.
12 How to prepare spinach : Photo of step #12As soon as it boils again, remove spinach from pan with a skimmer, and transfer to ice-cold water.
13 How to prepare spinach : Photo of step #13As soon as spinach is completely cooled, drain thoroughly. 5 min.
14 How to prepare spinach : Photo of step #14Then use a salad spinner to remove as much water as possible.

Note: you will sometimes read in other recipes that you should squeeze spinach in your hands to remove water. I don't think this is a good idea because it gives you hard blocks of spinach, with the leaves all stuck together, not so easy to use.
5 min.
15 How to prepare spinach : Photo of step #15And finally set aside on absorbant paper to collect any remaining water.

The spinach is ready to be used in your recipe.
16 See how to in this video.
17 How to prepare spinach : Photo of step #17If you wish to eat it like this (and it is already excellent), you just need to heat it through in a frying pan with a knob of butter.
18 How to prepare spinach : Photo of step #18

Spinach "wilted" in butter

If you have not blanched you spinach, take a high-sided pan, and melt 20 g butter in it.
1 min.
19 How to prepare spinach : Photo of step #19As soon as it's fairly hot, add the spinach. If it won't all fit in the pan, wait until the first batch wilts, then add the rest. 5 min.
20 How to prepare spinach : Photo of step #20As soon as spinach wilts, salt and pepper, taste to check, it's ready.

Remarks

There is a a huge task of "spinach rehabilitation" to be done with children: "spinach is not inevitably the horrible green mush which you ate in the canteen"...

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
35220 gr30 gr17 gr
18 %8 %3 %3 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
342 gr3 gr2 gr
2 %1 %<1 %<1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 500 g : 3.34 €

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