How to Avoid Bitter Cooked Spinach

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If you want to avoid your spinach tasting bitter when cooked, you're going to have to keep a few important things in mind. Avoid bitter cooked spinach with help from a longtime restaurant employee and cooking teacher in this free video clip.

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Hi, welcome to Laura's Market Fresh Club. Today, I'm going to teach you how to avoid bitter cooked spinach. There's a lot of ways you can avoid bitter spinach when you are cooking it. One of the best ways is to choose young tender spinach. It has a lower amount of oxalic acid which is what causes the bitterness in the spinach when you cook it. Today, though, I only have these very large, somewhat tough leaves so I'm pretty sure they're going to have a pretty high oxalic content. So the best way to get rid of the oxalic acid is to boil the spinach. So I'm going to show you how to do that. You want nice salty water. Whenever I cook things in boiling water I like to make it about as salty as ocean water so it seasons the vegetable or pasta, anything you're cooking in boiling water perfectly. And so the water is at an ice rolling boil and you're going to add in a little bit of thyme and it doesn't take very long, just a couple minutes. Other things you can do to avoid bitter cooked spinach is cook it with oil. You can also add any other type of oil besides just cooking with oil. You can add mayonnaise into our spinach, anything with calcium and milk is also good to help reduce that bitter flavor and yeah, boiling it. Unfortunately there is one drawback to boiling and that is when you reduce, when you cook the spinach in direct water, it also reduces the amount of Vitamin C, as much as it reduces the oxalic acid. So that's kind of a little give and take. You can always add in that Vitamin C back in by cooking with citrus or anything else that has a lot of Vitamin C in it to kind of replace it but that is a way to end up with delicious not bitter spinach. That's great. This is Laura's Market Fresh Club and you just learned how to avoid bitter cooked spinach.

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