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Freeze spinach leaves

Published on 20 min side, ahead, spring, preserve

It is currently full spring-summer here in Ardèche. We have a lot of amaranth plants growing as weeds among our garden vegetables. Instead of discarding them, the leaves are great to use as an alternative to spinach. Here is a good way to store them for winter.


  • Lots of spinach leaves (or leaves from other similar plants)
  • Ice cubes


  1. Wash the spinach, discarding the stems and spoiled leaves.
  2. Fill a bowl with ice water. Set aside.
  3. Blanch the leaves for 2 minutes.
  4. Transfer the spinach to the ice water for 3 minutes.
  5. Drain the spinach and allow it to fully drain. You may need to gently squeeze some excess water out.
  6. Divide the spinach into separate portions and freeze them.

Tip: Blanching spinach before freezing is necessary if you don't intend to eat it within one month.

Adapted from this original recipe