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Friday, October 17, 2014

Making Spinach Powder

    Spinach is such a powerful and useful vegetable.  It has great nutritional value but it also can be used medicinally.  My problem is that I don't really care for the taste of spinach.  Spinach is easy to grow so we do grow it in our garden but then I dehydrate it and turn it into spinach powder to be used in soups, stews, smoothies, casseroles, stir-fry, sauces, or put it into a gel capsule and take as a vitamin.  Also, dehydrating and grinding spinach to power does not diminish its nutritional value at all.  :-)
Making spinach powder at home, how to dehydrate spinach, how to use spinach powder, preserving spinach
I love the color of the powder, don't you?

   To make spinach powder is quite easy.  First, rinse off your spinach leaves and lay the leaves on your dehydrator trays.
Making spinach powder at home, how to dehydrate spinach, how to use spinach powder, preserving spinach
  
Turn on your dehydrator and let the leaves dry for about 4-5 hours.  They are done when the leaves are brittle.  
Making spinach powder at home, how to dehydrate spinach, how to use spinach powder, preserving spinach

   Take the dried leaves and place them in your Magic Bullet or a blender and pulse until it turns into a fine powder.  You may have to strain the pieces through a sieve a few times to make sure the leaves are all ground up.
Making spinach powder at home, how to dehydrate spinach, how to use spinach powder, preserving spinach

   Store your powder in a mason jar.  When you want to use it, just add a tablespoon or two to your dish to add nutritional value, taste and color.  

8 comments:

  1. I never would have thought to make spinach powder. But I can think of loads of ways to use it.

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    1. It is very versatile. Glad I could inspire you Heidi.

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  2. Does the temperature matter on the dehydrator? (New to all of this)

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    1. No, the temperature does not really matter. Some dehydrators have temp. settings but the one I use does not. I never worry about it and just run it until it dries out whatever I am dehydrating. Been doing it this way for years with great results.

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  3. can you do this with Kale and not lose the nutritional value?

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    1. Yes, you can do it with any green leafy veggie. I have done Kale and lettuce both.

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  4. I need to do this! We grow lots of spinach and the powder would be a blessing for that extra boost of iron! Thanks for sharing on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! :)

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    1. You are welcome JES and thanks for having me!

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