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sunberst
08-11-2004, 06:24 AM
I have been using frozen spinach for years for stuffing mushrooms and stuff like that. But I am afraid that my method is a) time-consuming & b) wasteful

Basically I leave the frozen spinach box out on the counter for a couple hours (or in the fridge overnight).

Then I remove the still half-frozen block of spinach and place in a colander (how do you spell that word?) I let it sit in the sink or on the counter over a plate and I press it from time to time with paper towels. The paper towels soak up A LOT of water. I end up wasting so many of them. Then my garbage can is filled with green colored paper towels soaking wet.

How do you thaw & drain spinach? And just how much water do you remove from them? I usually get the spinach pretty dry.

Jessica
08-11-2004, 06:30 AM
I place the frozen box of spinach in a colander in the sink and let it thaw. I then wring out the spinach like laundry to squeeze out the water, then let it sit a bit and wring it again. This works well and no paper towels are required.

tmsl
08-11-2004, 06:31 AM
I do it the same way you do. I'll be interested if anyone has any better suggestions.

Laura

MiMo
08-11-2004, 06:34 AM
If I'm in a hurry, I microwave it on a microwave-safe plate or in a microwave-safe bowl on very low power (about 2 or 3). Otherwise, if I'm smart enough to plan in advance, I thaw it overnight in the refrigerator or let it sit out in a colander in the sink at room temperature like the others suggested.

Leonard
08-11-2004, 06:35 AM
I also thaw it out in over a large bowl in a colander. I then take handfuls of the spinach and squeeze with in my hand. All the liquid comes through my fingers. I have found that this is the best way to get all of the liquid out of the spinach. Works for me??

MiMo
08-11-2004, 06:37 AM
Duh...you asked the best way to drain, not the best way to thaw. Just disregard my post altogether. :o

lindrusso
08-11-2004, 06:54 AM
Originally posted by Leonard
I then take handfuls of the spinach and squeeze with in my hand. All the liquid comes through my fingers.

That's what I do too. One of my most hated tasks. Ugh.

DoDoDurk
08-11-2004, 07:08 AM
I place it in a colander and smash it with the back of
a spoon. Sqeezing it by hand sounds easier though.

This is my least favorite kitchen chore!!

cangoss
08-11-2004, 07:13 AM
I use my potato ricer to squeeze the water out and it works like a charm. In fact, it's about the only thing I use my potato ricer for:o

KLynn
08-11-2004, 07:42 AM
I use the "Rachael Ray method" (at least she is the first person I saw do it) of placing the microwave-thawed spinach into a clean kitchen towel and squeezing out the water. You end up with a dirty towel, but it works great.

NewMrsG
08-11-2004, 07:52 AM
I also squeeze out the water with my hands - but I'm not nearly as forward-thinking as all of you! I usually take it out of the freezer when I need it - put it in a sieve, and run cold water over it until it thaws enough for me to grab a handful and squeeze.

I like the RR method though - may have to try it. Once it's thawed of course ...

bobmark226
08-11-2004, 07:55 AM
Originally posted by KLynn
I use the "Rachael Ray method" (at least she is the first person I saw do it) of placing the microwave-thawed spinach into a clean kitchen towel and squeezing out the water. You end up with a dirty towel, but it works great.

Yup.

BOB

Chelle D
08-11-2004, 07:55 AM
I nuke it, put it in a colander and then squeeze it with a spoon or my hand by pressing it into the colander. I may have to try the Rachel Ray way too.

sweetpea
08-11-2004, 09:25 AM
I'm with Candace on this one--i use my potato ricer--i bought it specifically for this reason (it was cheap anyway) and it is by far the best way to get all the water out IMO! works like a charm and quick too--i used to squeeze it with my hands, but it took too long for me, ms. impatient-in-the-kitchen :)

HealthyinMN
08-11-2004, 09:39 AM
Originally posted by KLynn
I use the "Rachael Ray method" (at least she is the first person I saw do it) of placing the microwave-thawed spinach into a clean kitchen towel and squeezing out the water. You end up with a dirty towel, but it works great.

Ditto!

laurelhiker
08-11-2004, 09:59 AM
The absolute best way I've found to drain/dry frozen spinach is to use a SALAD SPINNER. The trick is to evenly distribute the weight of the (wet) spinach in the basket. It may take 2 or 3 sets of "spins" (emptying the liquid between each) to dry it completely, but the spin method is very effective. Of course, this will only work if you have a salad spinner. And it's no great pain to clean the residual spinach bits from the spinner basket. :)

-- GG

jtoepfert100
08-11-2004, 10:02 AM
The method that works for me? Have DH do it.:) (I think he uses his hands - but I've never paid much attention.)

joycew
08-11-2004, 10:07 AM
I also nuke and use the potato ricer. Works great!

bobmark226
08-11-2004, 10:17 AM
This is getting to be almost as exciting as that "When do you change your dish sponge?" thread from a few months back! ;)

BOB

MiMo
08-11-2004, 10:44 AM
Originally posted by bobmark226
This is getting to be almost as exciting as that "When do you change your dish sponge?" thread from a few months back! ;)

BOB

So very true. LOL. :D ;)

sunberst
08-11-2004, 11:28 AM
I have tried wringing it out by hand before, but it never gets enough water out. The absorbing with towels seems (for me) to be the only way to get it dry.

Maybe I need to squeeze it harder, let it rest, then squeeze some more?

A potato ricer... what does that look like?

Tizzylish
08-11-2004, 11:28 AM
Here's an exciting way, that sounds odd, but I have seen with my own eyes that it works, wrap the spinach, still in the box or out which ever you prefer, in two kitchen/tea towels, secure the spinach inside, pull up all the sides of the towel {like you would wrap a bottle in tissue paper}, and wrap the top with rubberbands to secure it, {make sure its really wrapped tight and secure with bands} toss the spinach in the washing machine on spin for about 5 minutes, they'll be bone dry!

When my friend told me about this I looked at her like she was nuts, until she showed me how well it worked. :p She said if the spinach is in the box and wrapped in towels it never really touches the machine.

bobmark226
08-11-2004, 11:35 AM
Originally posted by Tizzylish
wrap the spinach, still in the box or out which ever you prefer, in two kitchen/tea towels, secure the spinach inside, pull up all the sides of the towel {like you would wrap a bottle in tissue paper}, and wrap the top with rubberbands to secure it, {make sure its really wrapped tight and secure with bands} toss the spinach in the washing machine on spin for about 5 minutes, they'll be bone dry!


Yes, but it would cost me a dollar and a quarter to do this and I'm not sure the other tenants would be thrilled at my tying up a machine so I could make manicotti.

BOB

Tizzylish
08-11-2004, 11:42 AM
LOL! Yeah, I guess for someone without a machine at home its not such a great idea. :)

PAMMELA
08-11-2004, 11:43 AM
Originally posted by sunberst
A potato ricer... what does that look like?


That's what I want to know.

lindrusso
08-11-2004, 12:19 PM
Originally posted by sunberst
A potato ricer... what does that look like?

Imagestation is not working for me, so here's a link. http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/601-5231673-1784113?asin=B00029OQ8G

I hate mine - it's just way too big and ungainly. Maybe if I got one that was a bit smaller....

Blissful_in_TX
08-11-2004, 01:06 PM
Originally posted by lindrusso


Imagestation is not working for me, so here's a link. http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/601-5231673-1784113?asin=B00029OQ8G

I hate mine - it's just way too big and ungainly. Maybe if I got one that was a bit smaller....


Hmmm.....I never knew what a Potato Ricer was either, but the link says itís a way to puree fruit and vegetables for Baby's food. DS starts on solids in a few weeks, and I wanted to make his own baby food. Has anyone ever used one of these for that before?

(PS Ė How weird that Iím reading this thread since literally 5 minutes ago I took some spinach out of the freezer wondering the best way to thaw and dry it!)

bobmark226
08-11-2004, 01:08 PM
(PS Ė How weird that Iím reading this thread since literally 5 minutes ago I took some spinach out of the freezer wondering the best way to thaw and dry it!)

Don't forget the fabric softener! ;)

BOB

karen w
08-11-2004, 04:35 PM
I also use my potato ricer, and it works like a charm. Mine has held up quite well, and it was not that expensive, either. And on a rare occasion I might even use it to rice potatoes:p !

Karen

pes
08-11-2004, 05:43 PM
One of the tips in this October's Cuisine at Home was to use a French press coffee brewer to drain spinach. I haven't tried this myself, but it seems like it would work very well with a minimum of mess.

Patrice

stacy7272
08-11-2004, 06:08 PM
BOB - you have me laughing so hard! I have to wipe tears from my eyes to type this.

I hate this task so much that when I saw this thread I was very interested. I was surprised to see how many responses there were. I also use the hand squeeze method and I hate it. I've also tried squeezing in cheesecloth which I guess is similar to the Rachael Ray method.

I really want to try that ricer method. That sounds great since the biggest thing I hate about the hand squeeze method is that it eventually starts to hurt my hands. I just have to find that big space hogging gadget. I also have a salad spinner and a french coffee press that are both laying dormant. Wow - I'm actually looking forward to this now.

dlaboriel
08-12-2004, 04:19 AM
In the colander and then squeeze.

Gracie
08-12-2004, 06:28 AM
Originally posted by bobmark226


Yes, but it would cost me a dollar and a quarter to do this and I'm not sure the other tenants would be thrilled at my tying up a machine so I could make manicotti.

BOB

I finally decided to read this thread. I'm in my office, alone, but with a huge window and open door that makes it a fishbowl. I got to this post and just started laughing out loud! :D Now I'm embarassed because it's obvious I'm not working so I'll read the rest of this thread later!

Loren

cangoss
08-12-2004, 06:57 AM
Here's what my potato ricer looks like:

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00004OCJQ.01.MZZZZZZZ.jpg

lorilei
08-12-2004, 07:24 AM
I've been known to use the "hand wringing" method -- and the french press idea (though that's difficult to clean up). I also tend to save my spinach "drippings" -- I freeze them and use them for stock (or in place of broth in any recipe I might be making that night).

Maybe I'm a frugal weirdo, but I've also been known to *gasp* DRINK it!! I can't stand to see those water soluble vitamins go to waste :)

TerriS
08-12-2004, 08:04 AM
I use the Rachel Ray method, but with two very sturdy paper towels. I nuke in a bowl, then put it in the paper towels, wrap it all up and squeeze. Messy but works and I only go through 2 paper towels.

amazonmmc
08-13-2004, 10:50 AM
Originally posted by Blissful_in_TX



Hmmm.....I never knew what a Potato Ricer was either, but the link says itís a way to puree fruit and vegetables for Baby's food. DS starts on solids in a few weeks, and I wanted to make his own baby food. Has anyone ever used one of these for that before?

(PS Ė How weird that Iím reading this thread since literally 5 minutes ago I took some spinach out of the freezer wondering the best way to thaw and dry it!)

Absolutely. Potato Ricers make short work of baby food. I found mine worked best for sweet potatoes, carrots, peaches, apples and potatoes -- anything with a uniform consistency.

Oh, and I'm a take spinach from freezer, run under hot water in colander, squeeze through fingers kind of gal.

Searcher
08-13-2004, 11:04 AM
I never think enough ahead to defrost spinach in the fridge, but put it in a colander and run cold water over it. Then I use my potato ricer.
When you all thaw it in the microwave do you thaw it in it's box or put it in another container? And on what power, for how long?

Kay Henderson
08-13-2004, 12:51 PM
I thaw the spinach in the microwave, put it into a sieve, and (over the sink) use a kitchen serving spoon to press it down until most of the liquid is gone.

Kay

Cucinamia
03-29-2014, 02:23 PM
Potato ricer--The absolute best way to drain frozen spinach quickly and efficiently. Use the smallest hole plate. You can take the frozen spinach, water it down to defrost completely, then place cupfuls in the ricer and squeeze. Takes minutes, not hours. And the spinach comes out the driest I have ever been able to achieve with hand squeezing or toweling.

LeaHamm
03-29-2014, 07:43 PM
There is a better and less messy way that no one has mentioned!

The trick of dry spinach to be used in a recipe. No need for pressing in a strainer, or ricer. Just place the spinach on a plate, cover it with another plate (same side up). Holding vertically, press the two plates together, over the sink, until liquid stops flowing. Result = VERY dry spinach!! (And no gunky spinach plugging the ricer holes! Just rinse the plates and you are good to go.)

Gumbeaux
03-30-2014, 08:31 AM
Potato ricer--The absolute best way to drain frozen spinach quickly and efficiently. Use the smallest hole plate. You can take the frozen spinach, water it down to defrost completely, then place cupfuls in the ricer and squeeze. Takes minutes, not hours. And the spinach comes out the driest I have ever been able to achieve with hand squeezing or toweling.

So...you resurrected a thread that is ten years old to mention something that was already mentioned? :rolleyes:

VictoriaL
03-30-2014, 06:15 PM
I liked reading comments from people who are long-gone. I guess that my memory isn't quite shot to he**. :rolleyes: