Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Making a frozen block of spinach more user-friendly when I need just a little

So, I buy those jumbo 3-lb blocks of frozen spinach which are packaged for institutional use. And I may be the only person, here, who does that. But, I think this tip might be useful with those family-sized 10-oz blocks of frozen spinach.

I like to keep several small chunks of frozen spinach, wrapped individually, in the freezer. After chopping/sawing a 3-lb block into 4 12-oz chunks, I then take 1 or 2 of those chunks and cut into 2-3 ounce pieces. The same could be done with a standard-sized, 10-oz frozen package of spinach.

This smaller size is ideal for adding to a pot of vegetable soup, a casserole, or a frittata for the family. A bread knife works well for sawing frozen spinach. Then I wrap the small chinks in plastic, and pop back into the freezer.


Kris said...

I've never considered buying frozen spinach. My family likes it fresh best, although my hubby is ok with cooked spinach. Good info to know, Lili.

Lili said...

Hi Kris,
I like fresh spinach, too. The frozen stuff is great for adding a small amount of leafy greens to cooked dishes, I think. A way for me to sneak extra veggies into my own body.

live and learn said...

I think we've discussed this before, but I don't think I've ever seen a block that big of frozen spinach. If I don't need the whole 10 oz. package, I just thaw a little of the outside in the microwave, scrape it off, and put the rest back in the freezer. Good to know that a bread knife works well for sawing a frozen block.

Anonymous said...

Another great tip. Cooking for myself I like knowing things like this. Again, Thanks. Shirley