The best spinach available are the tender young leaves from the garden. In metropolitan centers and during certain seasons, however, such spinach is rarely available. Spinach is one vegetable that travels well, however, and the thing to look for is dark green, unblemished leaves. Spinach is most often available in bulk or in clear plastic packages.
Spinach in bulk must be washed extremely well to remove all traces of sand. Spinach in clear plastic generally needs only one washing in cold water. When the spinach is washed it should be picked over to remove any tough stems.
Spinach should be cooked in as little water as possible, the water, in fact, that clings to the leaves when the spinach is washed.
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