If you are needing chopped spinach in a dish you are baking or a soup or stew you are cooking, consider using a frozen box of chopped spinach. You will save a lot of money.
1 1/2 pounds of fresh spinach equals a 10 oz box of frozen spinach.
Fresh spinach 6 oz bag $3.79* would need 1 1/2 pounds or 4 bags to equal a 10 oz box costing you $15.16.
10 oz box frozen chopped spinach costs $0.77*.
That can save you $14.39 and sometimes you can get a nice bottle of wine to go with your dinner for that price.
Now if you are making something you don’t cook very much or obviously a salad, then use the fresh product. You can often get organic frozen chopped spinach for just a little more but still saving a lot from the fresh spinach you will be cooking down. Whenever possible I buy organic.
When using the frozen you need to thaw it and then drain it. When I say drain I mean squeeze it either in your dish cloth or press it into a mesh sieve. It will have a lot of liquid you want to get rid of.
I prefer to use the frozen when I’m making my Pizza Soup. Depending on how big the pot is will determine if I use the whole box or half the box. If I was the only one eating it I would use the whole box. It’s often mistaken for basil in the soup. Shhhhh
Fresh spinach is best in the winter and spring so if I find it at the farmer’s market for a good price, buy it and make your own frozen spinach. Nothing beats a fresh spinach salad. But if you’re fully cooking it and it’s not the star of the show, save some money and use the frozen.
*prices taken from Harris Teeter Grocery Store. Prices will vary.