Do you have tons of spinach from the garden? Don’t waste it – preserve it for winter instead! Learn how to dehydrate spinach at home with this simple, step-by-step tutorial…
How to Dehydrate Spinach
You’ll need the following items:
First, you’ll need to head out to the garden and pick a whole bunch of spinach. Like a lot…
Make sure to give it a good rinse to get any bugs or debris off the leaves.
Now, place it all pretty like on your dehydrator trays (I forgot to take a picture of this step!). Turn the dehydrator on to the appropriate temperature setting recommended by the manufacturer.
Now we wait…
You should probably take a nap…
I actually filled my dehydrator just before I went to bed and let it run overnight.
Okay! The spinach is done! Head on over and take it all out of the dehydrator trays…
Now that your spinach is dehydrated, you’re left with two options…
Leave the spinach whole and place it into some zipper storage bags to stick on the shelf for a few months. Use the whole leaves in soups, stews and casseroles throughout the coming months.
Put all of that dried out spinach into your blender, give it a whirl and turn it into a dehydrated spinach powder that you can use in soups, stews, casseroles, on mashed potatoes, sprinkled over vegetables, to make spinach pasta, spinach bread, add into your smoothies and so much more!
Isn’t that crazy?!
I had almost an entire blender full of spinach and after blending it…
I have this much left…
It sure is a pretty green, though, isn’t it?
As you can see, blending the spinach brings the volume down by A LOT! And you might be thinking…why on earth would you want to go through all that trouble for that little bit of spinach?
But, here’s the thing…
Spinach is packed full of vitamins and minerals, it’s amazingly good for you!
And in a concentrated form like this powder, you only need a tiny amount to garner those health benefits.
You might add just 1 teaspoon to a smoothie or a couple of teaspoons to a whole batch of soup.
A little bit goes a long way, so you really don’t need a whole lot!
I do plan to dehydrate more spinach in the coming weeks…providing mine doesn’t all go to seed! And when I do, I’ll keep adding it to this jar until it’s full, so I’ll have fresh, garden spinach all winter long!
Are you ready to dehydrate some of your excess spinach?
Awesome! Let’s head to the kitchen…
- Fresh spinach
- Wash spinach and pat dry.
- Arrange leaves on dehydrator trays.
- Turn dehydrator on the setting recommended by the manufacturer.
- When the dehydrator is complete, remove spinach and place in a blender.
- Blend until spinach is powdered.
- Store in a glass jar for 6 to 12 months.
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Have an Awesome Day!
Vanessa Hamlin is the owner and founder of Food Life Design and VLHamlinDesign. With her passion for frugal living and homesteading, Vanessa loves to write about easy recipes, making money, gardening, home remedies and everything else that a good life entails! When she’s not writing for Food Life Design or creating products for VLHamlinDesign, you’ll find Vanessa reading, drawing, gardening, cooking or spending time with her family.