Spinach flakes and how to use them

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Food Storage uses for spinach flakes (dried or dehydrated)

How can you use dried spinach flakes?
You may come across spinach flakes in your quest for building the
long term food storage in your prepper's pantry. Storing shelf-
stable ingredients, such as dehydrated and freeze
dried fruits,
vegetables and meats, is an important part of prepping.

Have you ever wondered how to cook with dehydrated spinach
flakes? Certainly soups and stews come to mind, but there's so
much more you can do with dried spinach. In case you wondered
what to do with dehydrated spinach, consider the many ways to
cook with dried spinach listed below...

Spinach flakes and how to use them
Think of dried spinach as an herb and get cooking!

How to enhance your cooking with dehydrated spinach flakesl

#1: Dips.
An excellent everyday use of dried spinach is for your party dips.
Spinach artichoke dips are a decadent combination of Parmesan
cheese, artichoke hearts, sour cream, cream cheese, and garlic. If
you make your dips for parties with frozen spinach, then consider
using spinach flakes instead. You'll find it much easier.

It takes time to thaw frozen spinach, but dehydrated spinach
flakes are ready to mix into the sour cream right away. What's
more, dried vegetables retain more nutritive value than their
frozen counterparts. The drying process takes out only moisture
and not the vitamins!

Dips that include dried spinach is a great way to sneak
vegetables in your kids diet, as well.

#2: Breads, breadsticks, crackers, pizza.
Another use of dried spinach is to think of it as an herb by baking
spinach into breads, breadsticks and crackers. You can also
garnish a pizza with spinach as if it were parsley or basil. Dried
spinach uses are really endless when you think of it as an herb.

#3: Casseroles.
Whether your favorite casserole is a spinach lasagne, ricotta
stuffed manicotti or some other creation, dehydrated spinach
flakes come to good use without the hassle of relying on frozen
spinach. Frozen spinach always takes more time, but dehydrated
spinach is quick and easy.

When you have your prepper's pantry filled with dehydrated
spinach flakes, you can use the flakes like parsley and sprinkle a
boost of nutrition onto almost anything.

#4: Chicken Kiev.
Another way to use dehydrated spinach flakes is for making
Chicken Kiev. Substitute dried parsley with your dried spinach
flakes.

#5: Eggs.
Dehyrated spinach is easy to use in egg. Green eggs and ham,
anyone? Seriously, you can garnish any egg dish such as an
omelet, frittata, quiche or soufflé with an ample dose of
dehydrated spinach to enrich the nutrition and boost flavor.

#6: Meatloafs and meatballs.
With the parsley, be sure to add spinach flakes to your favorite
meatball recipe. If you have kids or grandkids, this is a great way
to boost their intake of vegetables.

The kids will never suspect you've used dried spinach and you can
rest assured that they are eating their veggies.

#7: Pastas.
Make spinach noodles by using dehydrated spinach flakes. Be
sure to add the spinach to your spaghetti sauce as well.

#8: Ramen noodles, bouillon and broths.
You don't even need to cook with spinach flakes, you can just add
it to your ready made soups, bouillon or broths.

Give ramen noodles a boost of nutrition with dried spinach flakes.
Sprinkle the dried spinach in broth or bouillon, too.

#9: Sauces.
If your sauce requires parsley or other minced herbs, then add the
spinach flakes as well. Spinach flakes are awesome for making a
Florentine spinach and cheese sauce over salmon or chicken.

With dehydrated spinach flakes you can make your own pesto
sauce or spaghetti sauce. You can even enhance a commercial
spaghetti sauce that comes from a jar.

#10: salad dressings.
Along with the other herbs and spices you toss in your salad
dressing, throw in some spinach!

#11 Side dishes.
You'll find more use of spinach flakes for side dishes..

  • Spinach. To use spinach flakes as a side dish, just cover 1/4
    cup of flakes with 3/4 cup water. Mind you it won't have the
    same texture as fresh or frozen spinach, because it's
    chopped, but you also won't have that unappealing slimy
    finish of canned spinach.

  • Rice dishes. If you flavor your rice with broth, add spinach
    flakes to the broth first to rehydrate them.

  • Mashed potatoes and stuffed potatoes. Add spinach to
    your mashed potatoes the way you would use brocolli.

#12: Smoothies.
Another healthy way to use dried spinach is to mix it with your
fresh, frozen dehydrated ingredients for a home made smoothie.
Blend spinach into smoothies and you'll get the same nutritive
value of the fresh stuff if not more.

#13: Soups.
Another obvious use of dehydrated spinach is for soup.s Use
spinach flakes in minestrone, lentil soup and more.

14: Stews.
Stews are the perfect place to add spinach flakes. Add a handful
and treat it like an herb to make your stews more flavorful.

15: Tortillas.
Make homemade spinach tortillas by grinding spinach flakes into
powder and then adding them to your mixture of flour, baking
powder, oil, and salt. Tortillas are relatively easy to make. See
the recipe in our
article on no-yeast breads.

Make Spinach powder from Dehydrated spinach!
Spinach powder is wonderful for adding color and flavor to fresh
pasta, noodle and bread doughs. It can also be used in yeast
breads, quick breads or muffins. Combine with herbs or sun-dried
tomatoes for a light, savory flavor.

Consider the Nutritive Value of Spinach Powder
Spinach flakes are highly nutritious, shelf-stable and versatile for
the prepper's pantry. Store more spinach flakes and learn how to
cook with them!

  • Dehydrated spinach nutrition: It's interesting to note that
    dehydrated spinach actually maintains much more nutritional
    value than the canned stuff that Popeye used to eat.
    Spinach flakes are also much more nutritious than the frozen
    box or bag in your freezer. That's because spinach flakes are
    air dried retaining the essence of nature's intended
    goodness. One serving of dehydrated spinach flakes from
    Augason Farms has 10% Vitamin A, 25% Vitamin C and even
    6% calcium. All that plus 2 grams protein. Spinach also has
    iron not listed.

Spinach has nutritional and medicinal properties to strengthen
immunity and to boost energy! Give it a try.

Happy endings...
How can you use dried spinach flakes? Sprinkle spinach flakes
into your recipes to boost nutrition, add color and to flavor
casseroles, egg dishes, and side dishes, and  more. Most
importantly, you can make it easier on yourself by using
dehydrated spinach flakes instead of the frozen kind.

You don't have to thaw dehydrated spinach and squeeze out the
extra moisture. Dried spinach is easy to use. Remember to treat
spinach flakes as an herb, not just a veggie.


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