Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Always Check the Bargain Bin

Our local grocery store has a produce bargain bin which, on the right day of the week, is filled with some great deals. A couple of weeks ago the deal was spinach. I think the check out lady may have thought my name was Popeye when I loaded my cart with every bag of bargain priced spinach. I bought 8 bags of spinach at 50 cents a piece! I had nothing to lose thinking if I couldn't use it the chickens would. 

 After a couple days of fresh spinach smoothies, spinach salad and sauteed spinach, I realized that I should do something to preserve my abundant supply of spinach. Other than a few pieces for the hens, the majority of the spinach was in excellent condition. After doing a little Google research I decided to steam, puree and freeze my load.
Spinach to steam, bucket of spinach for my hens, a pile to pick through
My favorite steamer

Draining the steamed spinach

Puree Spinach

I added a little coconut water to assist in blending the spinach 

Freezing in ice cube tray to enable easy servings for my morning smoothies.
I now have a freezer bag filled with spinach cubes!

Power Up Morning Smoothie 
1/2 c. Coconut Water
1 c. Milk
1 T. Chia Seeds
1 T. Ground Flax
1/4 c. Yogurt
Add a variety of fruits and vegetables. My favorite is 1 banana, a handful of spinach and a handful of blueberries!

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1 comment:

  1. Great way to take advantage of a sale! And I always check the bargain bin!