I will forever associate spinach with Popeye the Sailor Man, thanks to the cartoons I used to watch as a little kid. Back then, I even thought that eating spinach would give me superhuman strength, just like Popeye. Yes, those were the days when my parents told me that Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck lived inside my steam inhaler- and I believed them.
“Where are they? I don’t see them!”
“Keep looking! And hold still and keep breathing.”
Ahh… childhood innocence.
These days I’m aware that spinach alone won’t help me with my bench press. But it’s an extremely nutritious vegetable, so I try to eat it every now and then.
Problem is, I hate washing spinach. I remember the hours (it seemed) I’d spend attempting to wash spinach under running water, wondering if there was an easier way.
As the saying goes, ask and ye shall receive.
One day, I was at the local greengrocer’s and had a chance conversation with a fellow shopper about the spinach that was on sale. When I commented that washing spinach was too tedious, she disagreed. “It’s actually quite easy,” she said as she explained her method to me.
When I got home, I decided to try my new-found kitchen hint out. And lo and behold, it really worked!
So if you’re ever wondered if there’s a way to get spinach clean with (relatively) minimal fuss, here’s what to do.
Use a pair of kitchen scissors to cut off the spinach roots. Most of the soil and grit comes from the roots, so removing them before washing makes a huge difference.
Fill a large basin, stockpot or bucket halfway with plenty of water. Don’t use the kitchen sink as the sediment will clog your drains.
Grab a handful of spinach and plunge it into the water until fully submerged. Give the vegetables a gentle shake and hold it under water for a few seconds.
Remove from water and transfer to a colander or bowl. Repeat the process with the remaining spinach.
Change the water between batches when it gets too muddy. The water can be recycled and used to water your lawn or flower beds. I don’t recommend using this water on vegetables, as there might be a risk of transmitting soil diseases.
The key here is to use a large container and plenty of water. While there’s still a bit of effort involved, washing spinach in this manner is definitely a lot easier than attempting to rinse it under the tap.