- KNOW YOUR VEG
its unique flavour and bright green colour, spinach
is a popular, easy-to-prepare and simple-to-cook vegetable.
It is especially popular in Italy where Florentine
dishes have a high spinach content. It wilts quite
quickly so when buying look for crisp, dark green
leaves with firm, hard stalks. Avoid spinach that
has yellow patches or looks limp. When choosing, buy
plenty as it reduces on cooking 225g spinach is sufficient
for one serving.
How To Use Spinach
can be eaten raw or cooked. Baby spinach is the
best choice to serve raw and can be included in
salads serve simply with black pepper and lemon
juice. Spinach can be served as a side dish with
black pepper and butter or added to soups, sauces,
stuffings, vegetable bakes, risottos and curries.
How To Prepare Spinach
any tough stalks from the leaves and rinse thoroughly
several times in cold water to remove any grit.
How To Cook Spinach
can be steamed or stir-fried. Place the spinach
in a pan and cook it gently for 2 - 4 minutes, with
just the water clinging to the leaves after washing,
or until it just starts to wilt. To stir-fry, heat
1 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan and add the spinach,
stir-fry for 2 - 3 minutes or until just starting
to wilt. Baby leaf spinach is best eaten raw.
How To Store Spinach
in the fridge for up to 2 days.
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