The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Spinach Fresh for Longer

As a leafy green vegetable, spinach is packed with vitamins and minerals that the body needs. It’s no wonder why it has become a staple in many households across the globe. However, one of the biggest issues with this delicate veggie is its short shelf life. If not stored properly, spinach can quickly wilt and spoil before you even get a chance to use it.

In this blog post, we’ll be discussing some easy tips on how to store spinach to last longer.

1. Clean and Dry Your Spinach

Before storing your spinach for an extended period, it’s essential first to clean and dry them thoroughly. Rinse your greens under cold running water while gently rubbing each leaf to remove any dirt or debris embedded in their crevices.

After washing them, ensure that they’re completely dried using paper towels or a salad spinner if you have one available.

TIP: Store-Bought vs Homegrown Spinach

If you’re using store-bought pre-packaged spinach leaves, make sure they haven’t been washed previously as too much moisture can cause them to spoil faster than unwashed greens.
On the other hand, freshly picked homegrown spinach may require more rigorous cleaning as there may be insects or soil residue on them.

2. Wrap Them in Paper Towels or Cloth Napkins

Once your cleaned (and dry) spinach leaves are ready for storage wrap them up! Use paper towels or cloth napkins (if eco-friendly) but avoid using plastic bags as they tend to trap moisture resulting in slimy leaves!

Layer two-three sheets of paper towel at the bottom of an empty container or reusable bag before laying down your bunches of green vegetables neatly side by side.-distribute evenly without overstuffing
The aim here is just enough cushioning so that when all stacked together pressure doesn’t build between layers leading to bruised leaves—the towel or napkin will absorb any excess moisture away from the spinach.

TIP: Avoid Overstuffing Your Storage Container

Overfilling your storage container can lead to crushed, wilted and rotting leaves. Make sure you have enough space for air circulation between each bunch of greens.

3. Refrigerate Them Properly

After wrapping up the spinach leaves with paper towels or cloth napkins, it’s essential to store them in the fridge properly.
Place your newly-wrapped stack of spinach into an airtight container— preferably glass containers if available- before sealing tightly with a lid that fits appropriately.-metallic containers are not recommended as they may cause oxidation/ discoloration

Store in your refrigerator’s crisper drawer where humidity is lower – this helps maintain dryness and slows spoilage!

TIP: Keep Your Spinach Away From Ethylene-Producing Foods

Ethylene is a natural ripening agent that can speed up the process of decay in leafy vegetables like spinach. So avoid storing it near fruits such as bananas, apples, pears oranges which produce ethylene!

In conclusion, these three easy steps on how to store spinach will help keep them fresh longer so that there’s less food waste (and more delicious meals!) Try incorporating these tips into your daily routine when handling leafy greens; You’ll notice an immediate improvement in how long they last without losing their flavor and nutrients!

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