How to cook with spinach flakes

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Spinach Flakes
Food Storage uses for spinach flakes (dried or dehydrated)

How can you use dried spinach flakes?
If you've ever wondered how to cook with dehydrated spinach
flakes, then you've come to the right place. Certainly soups and
stews come to mind, but there's so much more you can do with
dried spinach flakes. One way to use dried spinach is to think of
dried spinach as an herb (even though spinach is a vegetable).

Unlock the power and nutrition of dehydrated spinach flakes. In
case you ever wondered what to do with dehydrated spinach,
consider the many ways to cook with dried spinach listed below...

How to Use Spinach Flakes
Enjoy spinach year round with Augason Farms dehydrated spinach
flakes, pictured right. Packed with nutrition, dehydrated spinach
flakes from Augason Farms preserves all the vitamins, minerals
and health benefits of fresh spinach, because this spinach is
packed at the peak of freshness. It's just like the fresh spinach,
but with water evaporated from it.

This dark green leafy veggie is "super food" is a favorite of
campers, backpackers, RV-ers and preppers. One of the best
reasons to keep spinach flakes in your prepper's pantry is to
simplify your cooking. Spinach flakes are so convenient. The
flakes can last 25 years in proper conditions. Just be sure to store
in a cool dry place, away from heat, light, and humidity.

Cook with Dehydrated Spinach Flakes:
There's not much information on cooking with dehydrated spinach
flakes, but creative cooks will use them in a variety of ways,
including as an ingredient of
Meals in a Jar. These quick and easy
"just add water" recipes pack nicely in the prepper's pantry for an
emergency or when you don't feel like cooking.

Here's how to cook with dehydrated spinach flakes...

#1: Dip Mixes.
An excellent everyday use of dried spinach flakes is for party dips.
Make dried spinach part of your dip mixes, like Spinach artichoke
dip, which is 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 you'll
find using spinach flakes is much easier. You see, it takes time to
thaw frozen spinach, but dehydrated spinach flakes are ready to
mix into the sour cream right away. What's more, the dried
spinach retains more nutritive value than its frozen counterparts.
The drying process takes out only moisture and not the vitamins!

Spike your garlic and herb veggie dips with extra spinach flakes!

#2: Breads, breadsticks, crackers, pizza.
Another use of dried spinach is to think of these nutritious flakes
as an herb for use in your baked goods. Bake spinach flakes into
breads, muffins, 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.

Use Spinach powder in yeast breads, quick breads or muffins and
tortillas. Combine with herbs or sun-dried tomatoes for a light,
savory flavor
.

#3: Casseroles.
One way to enhance your prepper cooking with dehydrated
spinach flakes is to include them in 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 ready,
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.

  • Manacotti. Shells filled with ricotta cheese, mozzarella, eggs
    and parmesan and herbs can get a lift with spinach flakes.

#4: Chicken.
Spinach pairs well with chicken. Consider Chicken florentine!
Another way to use dehydrated spinach flakes is for making
Chicken Kiev. Substitute dried parsley with your dried spinach
flakes. Chicken Kiev has a wonderful parsley butter center.

#5: Egg dishes.
One of the easiest ways to use dried spinach flakes is in egg
dishes because spinach flakes require very little rehydration time.
Dehyrated spinach is easy to use in egg dishes because you just
sprinkle it in before cooking your scrambles, omelets, frittatas
and quiches.

  • Spinach Shakshuka is dish of simmering eggs in a spicy
    tomato sauce made healtheier with spinach.

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: Pasta Recipes.
Pasta and casseroles are a great way to use spinach flakes. You
can mix dried spinach with dried kale for a power boost of
nutrition.

  • Fresh pasta. Spinach Powder adds color and flavor to fresh
    pasta noodles.

  • Pasta Sauces. Sprinkle spinach flakes into your marinara
    pasta or favorite spaghetti sauce to boost the nutritional
    value or make a pesto pasta. Combine with herbs or sun-
    dried tomatoes for a light, savory flavor.

  • Spinach noodles: Make spinach noodles by using dehydrated
    spinach flakes. Be sure to add the spinach to your spaghetti
    sauce as well.


#8: Bouillon and broths.
You don't even need to cook with spinach flakes. You can just
add it to your ready made soups,
bouillon cubes or broths to
boost the nutritive value.

#9: Sauces and marinades.
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 spinach flakes! This super food will add flavor
and extra nutrition to your salads. Air dried, spinach flakes are
like other herbs.

#11 Side dishes.
Another way to use spinach flakes is in side dishes. Spinach
flakes are idea for rice and potato-based 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 flakes is to mix it with
your fresh, frozen dehydrated ingredients for a home made
smoothie. Blend dried spinach flakes into smoothies and you'll
get the same nutritive value of the fresh stuff if not more. Here's
how to make a smoothie from spinach!
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Getting your kids to eat enough vegetables is difficult, but with the
help of spinach flakes you can sneak in the nutrition they need.
Sneak vegetables in your kids diet with spinach dips and sauces.

Spinach contains nutritional and medicinal properties  to strengthen
everyone's immune system, and to boost their energy. When the
stuff hits the fan, you'll want to reach for some spinach flakes like
Popeye did.

Happy endings...
Spinach is a healthy source of iron and calcium, plus it has a
powerful dose of vitamins A and C. 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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Above, make a delicious and healthy smoothie with dehydrated spinach.

#13: Soups.
Another obvious use of dehydrated spinach is for soups. Packed
with recipes,
Pantry Stuffers Soup Mixes Using Dehydrated Products
by Wanda Bailey Clark, pictured right, shows you how to use
dehydrated spinach flakes and other dehydrated, freeze-dried, and
powdered products to make mouth watering soups. Whether you
use the stovetop or a slow cooker, you'll love this book. Recipes
include barley soup mixes, chili mixes, quinoa soup mixes, bean
soup mixes, Italian style soup sixes, stews & chowders, chicken
flavored soup mixes, and more.

Lentil soup is the perfect soup to add spinach flakes, but be sure to
try spinach flakes in  tomato soup, minestrone and vegetables
soups.
Bouillon is a great soup starter.

If you plan to make soups with dehydrated products, be sure to
have
vinegar powder, lemon powder, Worcestershire powder handy.
They're easy to find on Amazon, but you won't find them at your
local grocery store. Worcestershire powder is a vegan seasoning
ideal for those who crave that savory, umami flavor in their dishes.
It's made from natural ingredients like distilled vinegar, molasses,
salt, sugar, garlic and tamarind.

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.

You may come across spinach flakes in your quest for building the
long term food storage in your prepper's pantry—and now you know
what to do with them. Storing shelf-stable ingredients, such as
dehydrated and freeze
dried fruits, vegetables and meats, is an
important part of prepping. Now you have more ideas on how to
use dehydrated spinach.

If you have kids, you'll want to ensure they eat their spinach, just
like Popeye. The great thing about spinach flakes is that dried
spinach is very easy to disguise in foods ~ your kids won't know
they're eating healthy spinach!

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

16: Tuna Salad.
A sneaky tactic if you have kids is to slip some spinach flakes into
the tuna salad, along with the dill or parsley. The kids will never
know the difference. To them, spices aren't vegetables. Moms
appreciate that extra bit of vitamins A, C, and Fiber. That's truly
stealth nutrition!

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.

  • 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.
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