Thursday, December 11, 2008

Ask Mary: Washing Spinach?

Mary, Should I wash spinach before I cook it?
Thanks, Dirty Greens

If you are buying market spinach or any green for that matter, you should definitely wash it. The trick is to not bruise it while you wash it. I usually fill up a bowl of water and then pour in my spinach. After it has soaked for about 4 to 5 minutes, I take it out and do it again. You are waiting for the dirt and grime to fall to the bottom of the bowl and then you can remove the leaves off the top. Make sure that you don’t pour the water out with the leaves in the bowl because you could put the dirt back into the leaves. For pre-washed spinach, you do not need to re-wash.