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How to choose spinach with Eric Bouchenoire

How to choose spinach with Eric Bouchenoire

Spinach comes from the Chenopodioideae family, it grows in fresh soil and temperate climate. They are various kind, with large or small leaves.

Spinach is the second most frozen vegetable in France, right after French green beans. Around ¾ are frozen spinach and the remaining comes in can. Today you will learn how to select and store real spinach according to the season! Enter into the vegetable’s wonderful universe thanks to the starred chef Eric Bouchenoire.

How to choose and store

It is quite simple to choose good spinach. Just look at them. Leaves must be dark green, smooth and thick. Spinach usually is dewy and quite thin. This natural humidity forms bubbles. Stay away from too humid leaves that will be soft. You should look for bright green-looking spinach as it means it will contain good amounts of antioxidant.

Spinach must be very fresh! They loose vitamins rapidly so it is better to eat two days following your purchase. Meanwhile you can store in the vegetable compartment of the refrigerator. If you plan on using them later, you should freeze them as it can be stored for at least 6 months. Blanch them first for a few minutes and get rid of excess water by compressing into your hands.

 

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