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How Much Fresh Spinach Equals A Cup Of Cooked Spinach?

Have you ever needed cooked spinach for a recipe and you did not know the right amount of fresh spinach to cook down?

Yes, you can use frozen spinach and I have, but often times all I have is fresh spinach. Besides that fresh spinach is fresh. I like it better and think the flavor is better than frozen spinach.

So, how much does fresh spinach cook down?

One pound of fresh spinach will cook down to about one cup of cooked spinach.

Now, next time you are wondering how much fresh spinach to cook you will know. Or did you already know that?

Here is where I admit though that spinach is not one of my favorite foods. I know it is healthy, so I do cook and serve it, but it is right up there with coffee and peas on my list of least favorite foods.

However, my husband and girls love cooked spinach and will eat it by the bowlful if I serve it to them. If I am going to eat spinach I prefer it to be in a dish like a quiche or a pasta dish or even fresh in a salad.

What are your thoughts on spinach? Is it on your list of favorite foods or least favorite foods?

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  1. We love spinach! Cooked or fresh. Whenever I serve it my four year old thinks it will make him strong like Popeye.

  2. I LOVE spinach! And actually, I was wondering about the difference between cooked spinach vs fresh from a nutritional value. If you eat cooked spinach, say 3 cups fresh, how many servings of veggies are you eating?

  3. I love fresh spinach too, but can’t stand frozen spinach. How do you keep yours once you bring it home from the store? When I buy it fresh (not packaged at all), it’s always soaked from the grocery store’s sprayers. Even when I try to salad spin it dry it never works, and I end up having to throw half of it away because it’s mushy and gross. It’s not quite as bad when I buy a bag of pre-washed spinach but still, it goes bad so quickly. Any tips?

    • P. Porter says:

      I know this is an old post, but it may help someone else. I buy spinach all the time. Fresh only. Sometimes pre-washed in the bag, or in those plastic containers. Either way, you want to make sure you get it completely dry. It’s the wetness on the spinach leaves that causes it to get mushy. So once you use your salad spinner, dry the leaves completely, and it always helps to place a paper towel in the container with the spinach to absorb any condensation that may form on the bottom or the lid of the container in which you store it.

  4. May we get volumetric equivalents? I.e. 3 cups raw to 1 cup cooked….

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