How to Freeze Spinach for Smoothies
One of the easiest ways to freeze spinach, kale, collard greens, chard, or any kind of leafy green is to steam it, blend it, and freeze it in cubes. You can use the leafy green cubes in smoothies, soups, or stew. This easy tutorial shows you how to freeze spinach for smoothies.
If you’re like me, you often find that you have extra greens in your refrigerator that need to be used up right away. Freezing greens like spinach, kale, and Swiss chard is a great way to preserve them before they go bad.
Once you freeze your spinach or kale into cubes, it’s very easy to use them later in smoothies, soups, stews, or pasta dishes. So, if you find yourself with extra leafy greens on hand, then I hope this guide helpful.
Most vegetables need to be cooked before being frozen, and that applies to spinach and kale as well. There are a few reasons to cook your veggies before freezing them. The first reason is to remove any bacteria that might be on the surface of your veggies. The second reason is to slow down the enzymes that are working to break down your vegetables.
Most people either steam or blanch their vegetables before freezing them. My opinion is that steaming is the ideal way since you are less likely to leach out the nutrients from the spinach or kale.
The first step to freezing your greens is to steam them. As mentioned above, I find it easier and more beneficial to steam my kale or spinach as opposed to blanching them. You can either use a steamer basket or a microwave.
Once your greens are lightly steamed, then you can either transfer them to a glass container to cool, or you can move to step three to puree them.
If you want to puree your greens before you freeze them, then the next step is to add them to the base of a high-speed blender. Pureeing your spinach and kale leaves before freezing them is a great way to prepare them to use in smoothie or soups.
The next step to freezing your spinach or kale is to either pour the puree into ice cube trays (I like these silicone ice cube trays). They’ll need to freeze about 4-12 hours in the freezer.
Finally, the very last step is to remove your frozen spinach or kale cubes and transfer them to a zip-top bag for storage in your freezer.
How to Use Frozen Spinach
Using frozen spinach or kale cubes is as easy as dropping one of your smoothie cubes into a pot of soup or into a smoothie. Since you’ve already steamed the spinach before freezing it, you don’t have to worry about cooking it again if you don’t want to (like in a smoothie).
Try adding a frozen smoothie cube to my recipes for Anti-Cancer Breakfast Smoothie, Chocolate Cherry Smoothie, Chocolate Smoothie Bowl, Creamy Detox Smoothie, or my Kale Berry Smoothie (pictured below).
Frozen spinach or kale can last up to 3-4 months in the freezer.
I would recommend one of these smoothie cubes per serving. So, if you are making a two-person smoothie, then use two smoothie cubes.
It is better from a food safety perspective to lightly steam or blanch almost any vegetable, including leafy greens, before freezing. This process helps kill off any potentially harmful bacteria that could grow even in the freezer.
Other Helpful Guides to Freezing Food
- How to Freeze Ripe Avocados
- How to Freeze Cauliflower
- How to Freeze Cucumbers
- How to Freeze Broccoli
- How to Freeze Ripe Bananas
- How to Freeze Sweet Potatoes
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- 1 pound of fresh spinach or kale (or any leafy green)
- Place the greens in a steamer basket or in a microwavable-safe bowl. Add water. Steam the greens until they are wilted, but still bright green in color.
- Once your greens are lightly steamed, then you can either transfer them to a glass container to cool, or you can move to step three to puree them.
- If you want to puree your greens before you freeze them, then the next step is to add them to the base of a high-speed blender. Pureeing your greens before freezing them is a great way to prepare them to use in smoothie or soups.
- The next step to freezing your spinach is to either pour the puree into ice cube trays. They’ll need about 4-12 hours in the freezer.
- Finally, the very last step is to remove your frozen spinach cubes and transfer them to a zip-top bag for storage in your freezer.
- These frozen cubes will last up to 2 months in the freezer.
- You can use whatever type of leafy green you like for this type of freezing, including spinach, kale, chard, collard greens, or beet greens.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Category: Side dish
- Method: Steamer and Freezer
- Cuisine: Healthy
- Diet: Vegan
Keywords: how to make smoothie cubes, steaming and freezing spinach, how to freeze spinach
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