Note for anyone replenishing canned goods pantry
We recently went on a large canned foods shopping trip to replenish the stocks we used during Covid lockdown, and to my dismay we’ve had a hell of a time trying to find canned spinach – one of the most nutrient dense canned foods you can get – so if you find any near you, get it! We’ve tried multiple stores, but at this rate we might just try and buy/can our own.
Anyone know how to properly can something like spinach? We have both high pressure canners and regular ones.
Maybe it’s not on the shelves for a reason. That stuff is nasty. I love spinach but never in a can.
The best way to store spinach is freeze-dried. In mylar bags, it lasts a long time and tastes great in soups, dips, or just as a crunchy snack right out of the bag.
I find that Northern Bay has the best tasting freeze-dried (I wouldn’t think air-dried would taste as good). But there might be other brands out there that might be cheaper. I haven’t found any that tastes as good.
Food storage isn’t any good if people gag on the food. Skip canned spinach, just my opinion.
But… Popeye!!!! #truthincartoons
Taste is in the mouth of the beholder, I suppose? We often mix it in heavily with other things, too, which helps, but in general we don’t mind the taste. We have an air-dryer, so maybe I’ll try that out with mylar bags and see how I do with it. Thanks!
Spinach definitely needs to be pressure canned. Use a recipe lab tested for safety in home canning such as the one found here: https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can4_vegetable.html
It’s pretty easy to do. Note that you need 28 lbs of spinach to fill 7 quart jars
Good luck! What pressure canner do you use?
We dry greens in an Excaliber dehydrator. They loose some of the fresh aroma, but are delightful and nourishing in the winter. We crumble them into soups, stews, and dips.
We haven’t dried spinach because we don’t grow it. Spring here in Maine is approximately 2 days long between winter and summer, so by the time spinach germinates, it is ready to bolt. We’ve dehydrated spinach’s relatives, though: chard and lambsquarters. I can taste the minerals when I eat them. Also, kept airtight, cool and away from light, they keep years.
Good luck. Enjoy.