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The Quick Prep Step To Get The Most Out Of Frozen Spinach
It's a good idea to keep a container of frozen spinach around — its nutritional content is very similar to fresh spinach, it can be used in place of fresh in most recipes, and frozen spinach has a much longer shelf life than infamously perishable fresh greens. However, before you use frozen spinach, try this easy prep step for best results.
For many recipes, the key to using frozen spinach successfully lies in removing excess moisture after defrosting it. You can do this in a few ways, including squeezing and wringing out the wet spinach in a dish towel, or pressing it against the side of a sieve with a spatula to drain the water, and this step is especially critical for certain recipes.
When using the spinach as a pizza topping, lasagna stuffing, or in a dip, forgetting to eliminate extra moisture could result in a runny or soggy dish. However, there are times when you can get away with not draining your defrosted spinach, such as for soup and sauces, though you may have to reduce the liquid over the stove for a bit.