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Spinach is a versatile and tasty green. Learn how to prep it.

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  • Personally, I like the stem texture. - 3/17/18

  • I, too, like some of my fellow Sparkers eat the stems. - 1/27/18

  • A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;
    an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
    - Winston Churchill - 8/7/17

  • When I make Spinach Salad, I always cut the stems off, even baby spinach.
    Often I throw fresh spinach in with pasta for the last minute of boiling time and I never cut the stem off. Never notice it after it is cooked.
    Thanks, Meg. - 8/7/17

  • i ALWAYS EAT THE STEM TOO. - 8/7/17

  • For salads I leave the stem. For cooking, I remove them. - 6/1/17

  • I only pull off the really long stems as I am making a salad. This is mostly just with large spinach & rarely for baby spinach. I do it quickly and don't need to get out a knife to do it. I think I'm the only one who cares in my house. My husband and my kids don't seem bothered by the stems. - 4/20/17

  • simple. - 4/4/17

  • Compost nothing! I eat those stems! Actually I have been known to de-stem mostly back when I had braces (and later when my son had his braces.) - the stems would get all snarled up in the wires. So I can see it both ways. - 3/7/17

  • I eat the stems too AND ALL LOVE SPINACH. - 1/29/17

  • I eat the stems - 1/29/17

  • Let's not blame Chef Meg. Someone is probably "feeding" her ideas for her video quota.
    I eat the stems, too. - 6/2/16

  • Could we have the email links indicate when they lead a video so that people who don't watch videos won't waste time clicking on it? Thanks! - 5/16/16

  • Although the stems may be fibrous, I like more fiber and they don't bother me. So I don't remove them. To me, it's more trouble than it's worth. But to each their own. - 2/19/16

  • Videos are okay, but what I really need is the same information in text format. I can't always get video/audio content either because of location or I'm somewhere I don't want to disturb others. PLEASE make this content readily available in other formats (text/pdf) as well as video.
    Thank you. - 11/4/15

  • love texture and taste of the stem. I believe in never wasting food. I even cut out the middle stems of broccoli. I'll leave that much prep time to a chef that is being paid to prep. Sorry it would never get eaten if I did, but then spinach and arugula are my potato chips so I want crunch. - 5/22/15

  • I don't usually remove the entire stem, but I think I will try it next time. - 4/16/15

  • Maybe if I was serving a special meal, like for the President. What a waste of time. Remember Megan is a Chef and I am a family cook. - 2/16/15

  • I never de-stem baby spinach . . .only the full grown big leaves with the tough stems - 1/17/15

  • I eat lots of spinach and I have never de-stemed a spinach leaf in my life! I don't know why I would need to spend the time doing that unless it was super tough but I don't remember ever encountering a tough spinach stem. - 9/8/14

  • I eat the whole thing! I never take the stem out unless it is super large. I too grew up on canned spinach! I just got a lot of baby spinach and I'm going to cook some and use some in my salads! Yummy!! - 8/25/14

  • I'm a stem girl too! - 5/8/14

  • I love spinach- thanks for sharing about the stems since some dishes might need the leaves to be without stems- some might be ok with stems. - 3/11/14

  • I only buy the pre-cleaned baby spinach and the stems aren't too bad. - 2/24/14

  • I usually make spinach vegetable dish. I remove stem. I sautee a small onion, 2 cloves garlic on a little olive oil, I put spinach (300g) in a blender with 200 ml milk then I add puree to onions and cook it till it's creamy, add seasoning: salt, pepper, vegeta. Serve it with meatloaf or fried eggs. - 1/8/14

  • Not to change the subject but you can also peel the stems on broccoli. You peel the stems and chop the interior of the stem. It is quite palatable. Not at all tough. Gives you more vegetable for your table. - 1/8/14

  • I agree with destemming and although it takes a little extra time, it's the TLC you give when you are presenting a meal to others.
    I was hoping for an easier, faster method in the video but I guess there is only so much you can do to make things easier. - 1/2/14

  • I only cut off the thick long stems; otherwise I keep the smaller stems on. I like spinach raw in a salad or sautéed in an omelete - 11/20/13

  • To much work to take off stem and I agree with everyone else, it doesn't make a difference to me in taste. I learned a lot from this blog because I grew up on canned spinach and still love it. - 11/15/13

  • i always eat the stem - 11/14/13

  • I love that we all love the stems :o) - 7/14/13

  • i've never bothered to cut off the stems. seems a waste of good fiber to me. unlike the woody covering on the stems of broccoli. - 7/8/13

  • Thanks great tip - 7/5/13

  • I usually only remove the stem on ones that have really long ones but only part of the way. Otherwise, I don't bother. I never notice a bitter taste and texture doesn't bother me. Love me some spinach! - 5/13/13

  • I don't like how the video stops and plays again .... because I feel as I missing information - 5/7/13

  • I agree with ONE4SUN...closed captioning of these videos would be great! I never de-stem spinach--baby or otherwise--and I've never noticed any bitterness or aftertaste. I guess to each his/her own. - 5/7/13

  • I never remove the stem, if it is long I nip off the end with my fingers. Spinach has become so expensive I will not waste any nutrients because of a bit if texture. Waste not want not. See how many of us leave the stems on. - 4/29/13

  • Save and Juice the stems if you pull them. - 4/29/13

  • I only eat spinach raw so will only remove the really long stem part. I think removing the entire stem is probably only needed when cooking to help with consistent texture. Think that's what I understood her to say anyway. - 4/28/13

  • i like eating the stem - 4/5/13

  • I usually buy baby spinach and I've never noticed the stem being enough of a problem for me to want to do anything with it... - 3/17/13

  • I would think the stem would give you more fiber, never even though about removing. - 3/12/13

  • si - 3/12/13

  • The stems are my fav. part! - 2/7/13

  • I learned late in life to rinse/wash many of my use-only freggies to keep ingredients fresher, longer. I like to think stem removal is optional. As a person who enjoys the skin of many veggies, and actually enjoy the (crunchy) diced stems of most leaves (cilantro) -- no good nutrient goes to waste. - 2/4/13

  • Really short video with information I did not find helpful at all!!! I have always eaten Spinach with the stem, cooked or as a Salad, and do not plan to change that since I do not find it makes the Spinach "bitter" at all. I love my Spinach as is! - 2/2/13

  • I have tried taking the stems off of spinach before and found that the spinach wasn't bitter by doing so. - 1/22/13

  • Good ideas but I agree that closed captioning would be nice. - 1/21/13

  • Sometimes we need the extra fiber... - 1/19/13

  • Wow! Who knewn. I will try to devien my spinach next time. Thanks. - 1/13/13

  • When I use spinach to make green smoothies (with blueberries, banana + plain lo-fat yogurt, etc) I leave the stems attached.
    Question for Chef Meg: Is it okay to freeze spinach for later use without blanching first? - 1/1/13

  • I haven't been stemming them but I will now. - 11/30/12

  • Never knew about removing the stem. Thanks for the tip! - 11/22/12

  • I always eat the stem, There is no after taste, as far as I'm concerned. - 10/29/12

  • I've always eaten the stem...and never noticed any aftertaste! How time consuming! Yikes! I think I was better off not knowing this tip! Lol - 10/28/12

  • I've always taken the stems off my baby spinach; not because I knew you were supposed to but because I just don't like that part! - 10/19/12

  • To everyone mentioning keeping the stems for the fiber, please note that "fiber" and "fibrous" are 2 totally different words. For instance, meats like steak are fibrous because of the bands of indigestible material (connective tissue) that hold the meat (muscle) together, but have no fiber. - 10/16/12

  • Video so short, didn't realize that was all there was to prepping spinach. Thanks! - 10/16/12

  • I had never heard of de-stemming spinach. Thanks! - 10/16/12

  • I pinch off part of the stem but don't worry about getting all of it. It's good for you too. - 9/16/12

  • Neat information, always ate it with the stem on. - 8/13/12

  • fiber, we need. I keep stems on too! - 7/21/12

  • Did not know that. Thanks - 7/17/12

  • My mom can't eat lettuce because of her stomach, but she can usually eat spinach. I'll be sure to tell her to de-stem. - 7/17/12

  • Cool. Lol, I put spinach on my hubby's sandwiches for lunch. He has commented on me feeding him weeds. He's a good sport, I never thought about cutting off the stem....I know he will appreciate this!! Thank you. I would never had thought of this on my own ;) - 7/17/12

  • Yeah interesting never thought we needed to do that. But I have to agree w/everyone that if it's baby spinach, those stems are pretty tender anyhow. - 7/17/12

  • I love spinach it is sooooo versatile - 7/17/12

  • I agree, waste of good vitamins throwing the stems out..cut them smaller if you cant chew them, I been chewing them for years. - 6/12/12

  • Washing /rinsing spinach makes it waterlogged, soggy. Terrible on my salads. Isn't ok to use the prepackaged stuff just out of the bag? - 6/12/12

  • I always keep the stems on baby spinach, what a waste to cut them off! It is not old huge leaves, but tender young ones... Shame. - 6/12/12

  • Why would you get rid of edible fiber? Seem like a lot of work...just buy baby spinach :) - 4/12/12

  • Who knew? I just love these mini-videos from Chef Meg!!! - 4/5/12

  • Thanks for the tips. - 4/4/12

  • I didn't know that about the stem! You learn something new each day! - 4/4/12

  • Great tip, thanks - 4/4/12

  • thanks - all of your tips are helping me a lot! - 4/4/12

  • Cool trick! - 2/26/12

  • Thanks for the tip. - 2/24/12

  • I just bought baby spinach today and i will do this tonight when I serve it with my salmon!
    - 2/23/12

  • I don't do this with the baby spinach; the larger version does need it. - 2/23/12

  • Great advice! I didn't know about the stem either; but I sure do know what you mean about "the bite after you've bitten". Now I'm looking forward to adding spinach to my next grocery list. - 2/23/12

  • I never knew about removing the stem. Thanks for the tip. - 2/23/12

  • Looks easy enough. It'd be nice if the videos had close caption for those of use who are hearing impaired. - 2/23/12

  • Will do! - 2/23/12

  • Thanks!!! - 2/23/12

  • Didn't get sound - 2/23/12

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