How Do I Wash Spinach to Keep It From Getting Soggy?

Updated November 21, 2016

Spinach is a leafy green vegetable that is packed with nutrients. Mature spinach is commonly served sautéed or cooked in different dishes, while baby spinach is routinely served in salads. When you wash your spinach, you need to be careful so that it does not become soggy. Spinach contains a lot of water, so adding more can result in a soggy spinach dish.

Fill a large bowl with water and place your spinach inside it. Shake the spinach to loosen any dirt and let it soak. Empty the water and continue doing this until all grit is removed from the spinach. Spinach can be dirty, so be extra vigilant with your washing.

Place your spinach leaves side by side on top of paper towels and let them dry completely before moving on. If you have a salad spinner, spin the spinach leaves until they are completely dry.

Use the spinach immediately when it is dry. Cooking wet spinach can make a dish excessively soggy. If you want to store your spinach, place it in a resealable plastic bag along with a paper towel.

Things You'll Need

  • Spinach
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Paper towels or salad spinner
  • Plastic bag
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