Spinach is one of those items that has changed my life. I’ve grown to love spinach, but not just any old spinach. Pre-packaged baby spinach – organic or not – is normally over priced. You can buy them in clear containers or in plastic bags. This over priced green can be anywhere from 3.99 to 6.99 depending on where you shop. Not only did it hurt our pocket book but we had to eat it quickly as the max the spinach lasted was 4 days. FOUR DAYS my friends. Sometimes we wouldn’t be in the mood for spinach and our over priced greens would turn into a slimy soggy mess. It was gross. You know what I’m talking about, when you open the container and out wafts this dead rotting leafy smell. Or do you remember the time where you just wanted to get your money’s worth so you ate it anyway and found yourself slave to the bathroom for the day? Anyway, I was annoyed. See below to see how I feel about spinach now!
Seriously folks ALL THAT SPINACH costs 2.50 at a health foods store. It is organic and fresh. How long does it last? Two weeks. Surprised? I know, crazy. My secrets? Wash it right away and put it in a container. Don’t let it sit in the fridge and collect moisture or on the counter to dry out.
I tried to get a picture of me, with the spinach AND my secret weapon, the paper towel. In order to keep finicky spinach perfect, you need that paper towel. I lay it on top to collect moisture. I use the same paper towel for the life of the spinach. Am I being confusing?
- Chop off stems, wash spinach and use a salad spinner to remove excess water.
- Place spinach in bowl and air dry for 15 minutes to half an hour.
- Place THICK (I use Bounty as it holds up in the fridge, cheaper versions tend to collapse on your greens) paper towel on top of spinach.
- Secure lid and put in the fridge.
And there you have it – a perfect way to eat cheaper for longer!!! Q and I shop for produce weekly, but our spinach lasts for two weeks unless we eat it all! What secrets do you have to ensure that all your greens stay fresh?