How To Dehydrate Spinach-Make Flakes Or Powder

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Have you wanted to learn How To Dehydrate Spinach To Make Flakes Or Powder? If you are like me, sometimes I have some spinach hiding in the back of the refrigerator that I forgot about. Yes, I freeze it in small bags but I only have so much room in my small freezer. I dehydrated some Kale and it worked out great for smoothies. Of course, dehydrating spinach or kale is not going to be delectable for a salad, but for smoothies it’s great.

First of all, I must tell you I did not cut off the stems because I was too lazy. I am not going to cut off hundreds of stems. Nope, nada. I took two containers of spinach from Costco that weighed one pound each. I had never looked at the weight so I just laughed when I realized they only weighed one pound each. Anyway, because I didn’t layer the spinach totally flat I had to do two batches. I did wash the spinach leaves just because I worry about pesticides. The containers say organic, but I wash them just because I feel better knowing I hopefully got all the possible e-Coli, or whatever, off of the leaves.

It’s Easy To Dehydrate Spinach:

dehydrate spinach

This is a really easy vegetable to dehydrate because you just have to wash them and spread them out as evenly as possible.

dehydrate spinach

If you dehydrate spinach just think about all the possibilities you will have to add some spinach to so many dishes or smoothies. You can place the flakes in quart jars and seal them with a FoodSaver. You can use a Magic Bullet or blender to make spinach powder. Spinach powder is great for adding to some of the dishes I have listed below. You can add the flakes to all of them as well.

Dehydrate Spinach To Use In:

1. Smoothies

2. Omelets

3. Lasagna

4. Taco meat

5. Muffins

6. Waffles (yes it’s awesome)

7. Spaghetti Sauce

8. Chili

9. Casseroles

10. Sweet Bread (like banana or pumpkin bread)

11. Pasta

12. Tortillas

13. Soups

14. Spinach Dip

15. Sprinkle on flatbread with olive oil

Health Benefits Of Spinach:

Spinach leaves are dark leafy greens loaded with nutrients, with very few calories. Popeye the Sailor man was onto something when he would eat his spinach.  That cartoon was always so entertaining.  Spinach can improve glucose control in diabetics, helps in lowering cancer risks, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels.  Most of the calories are from protein. It’s high in Vitamin A, calcium, magnesium, potassium and folate. Remember, never go overboard on any food, including spinach, because if you are on blood thinners or have issues with your kidneys you are asking for health problems. Always do your research.

I thought I would share my Kale Dehydrating article: How To Dehydrate Kale.

How To Dehydrate Spinach

Freshly washed spinach (I left the stems on)

Set your dehydrator to 125 degrees for about 3 hours. I am using an Excalibur Dehydrator and my book says 125 degrees. Please check your own dehydrator for the temperature required. The dehydrating time will vary according to the humidity in the room where you are drying it. When completely dry store in airtight containers.

12 thoughts on “How To Dehydrate Spinach-Make Flakes Or Powder

  • January 14, 2015 at 8:06 am
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    My favourite thing to dehydrate is the yearly garlic crop. Especially since I bought a garlic slicer like this https://thegadgetflow.com/portfolio/chefn-garlic-slicer-10/. There are a few different kinds but this one is quick and easy. I just peel and drop in a couple of cloves, twist the device over the drying tray and they pretty much distribute themselves. No worries about how to store the fresh garlic until the next crop comes along. Unbelievably quick and easy to use – just pop open the jar, take out as much as you need and crumble or use whole. It rehydrates quite quickly, especially if crumbled.

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    • January 14, 2015 at 8:12 am
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      Hi Alice, oh my gosh I love that garlic gadget! I have never planted garlic. I keep hearing its easy to plant. I am going to try it this year for sure! Thanks for tip!!!! Linda

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  • January 14, 2015 at 8:30 am
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    i keep dried spinach on hand always it is so great to throw in soups sauces there are so many uses

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    • January 14, 2015 at 8:32 am
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      OH I love hearing this! I can only freeze so much spinach! I am going to follow you blog. Thanks for stopping by! Linda

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  • January 14, 2015 at 3:34 pm
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    Great article Linda. I dehydrate and crumble spinach for fish food; to feed my tilapia. I use kale powder for my smoothies. I never thought of spinach. Thank you.

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    • January 14, 2015 at 6:09 pm
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      Hi Donna (girlfriend) I miss you! I have way too many bags of spinach in my freezer so I tried dehydrating it for flakes and powder. I use kale powder all the time! I love hearing you talk about your tilapia. You rock Nurse Donna! 🙂 Linda

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  • March 22, 2017 at 11:55 pm
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    How much 1 lb of fresh spinach yields when dried?

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    • March 24, 2017 at 10:43 am
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      Hi Maninder, I would have to dry some dehydrate some again, but it would be only be a few ounces because the water is removed. Linda

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  • May 27, 2018 at 7:09 pm
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    I even put spinach powder n my biscuits and gravy to healthy them up. Works great!

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    • May 28, 2018 at 6:29 am
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      Carol, oh my gosh what a great idea!!! See we all learn from one another! I love this! Linda

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  • July 22, 2018 at 7:20 am
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    So many recipes call for taking frozen spinach, thawing it, then making sure it’s as dry as possible. I wondered why not begin with dried spinach? Can anyone tell me if you can dry it in a regular oven? (I don’t own a dehydrator.) I just tried putting “pressed” spinach (which released lots of water) into a skillet on low heat – figured that would dry it out. Pretty sure this works…but still interested in NO water spinach. And, how does dry spinach correlate to using a 10 oz frozen block?

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    • July 22, 2018 at 8:44 am
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      Hi Meri, I have never dehydrated in my conventional oven so I can’t give advice on that one. You can dry your spinach outside on screens covered with another screen to keep the bugs or critters away. One thing I do know is that one pound of fresh spinach (cooks down to 1.5 cups)=10 ounce package of frozen spinach. I use my freeze-dried spinach in my dips all the time. My dehydrated spinach, I have to cook. In other words, spread one pound of fresh spinach on trays or screens and let dry outside. You would need to cook it to come out with the finished product of frozen spinach. I hope this helps, Linda

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