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How can I refresh wilted spinich?

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How can I refresh wilted spinich?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: General
Expert:  Joan replied 5 years ago.


There are several steps to take to get the spinach back.

You need to fill a large bowl with cold water and ice cubes to get the water cold.

Put in 1 tablespoon of salt per quart of ice water.

In a separate large bowl, fill with very hot tap water.

Place the spinach in the hot water for approximately 5 seconds, then remove.

Please then place the spinach immediately into a dip of the cold water.

Swish it all around for about 15 seconds.

Take it out and blot with a paper towel while draining in a colander.


This is a link for the instructions with pictures.



Expert:  Cher replied 5 years ago.
Hello, and welcome back to Just Answer.

There are several other suggestions which I'd like to share with you to revive your spinach.

First, I would not recommend the ice-water bath, as this could be too harsh, freeze the spinach and ruin it. You can put ice cubes in the water, but remove them before adding the spinach so the water is very cold, and leave them in there for about 10 minutes, then wrap in paper towels to absorb all moisture and place in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.

Another alternative is to run the spinach under cold water for about 5 minutes, then place it in your crisper drawer wrapped in a damp paper towel and this should revive it.

You can also use a water-vinegar bath to revive your spinach leaves. Add a tablespoon of vinegar for every 2 cups of cold water and let the spinach soak for about 30 minutes to an hour. Afterwards, make sure to rinse them off very well, yet gently, to remove all residual vinegar.

If you are not successful in reviving your spinach, you can always cook it down quickly, by sauteeing it in some olive oil and minced garlic, then add some real bacon bits, if desired.

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