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Hate Squeezing Out Spinach? Use Cheesecloth

Grating onions, hauling out trash, squeezing out frozen spinach — when it comes to least favorite kitchen tasks, these have all been at the top of my list. A new kitchen technique I've recently learned, however, might've just changed that. Thanks to my friend, cheesecloth, I no longer dislike wringing out spinach.

I hate the idea of squeezing the moisture out of chopped spinach. How is it possible to wring out a mass of minced greens? Inevitably, everything falls apart and results in a mess. Then I was looking up spinach dip recipes online and spotted a picture of someone using cheesecloth. My life will never be the same again.

Have you ever had a lightbulb-kitchen moment like mine?

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bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 5 years
I didn't realize this was a hated task. Doesn't bother me. Good tip, though.
Darc66 Darc66 5 years
i love spinach dip, so i dont mind doing all the squeezing... but using my salad spinner or ricer are great tips... i dont keep cheesecloth on hand so....
sumbum sumbum 6 years
Cheesecloth!! OMG, brilliant....I will never gripe about making spinach dip again! =)
PLN PLN 6 years
I second the vote for the potato ricer to squeeze spinach. I bought one years ago and had no use for it until seeing Sara Moulton suggest it for squeezing spinach. Never looked back it comes out faster and dryer, plus if you thaw spinach in a microwave you can tong or fork it in and not burn your hands. If you don't have one of those colorful unitaskers for squeezing lemons/limes/other citrus, the ricer works for that too. If you like pulp put cut side down. If you don't put peel first or line with a little cheese cloth. To Katie and the wet potato issue: Have you tried your salad spinner to help on that? Take it for a couple spins after stirring between each. Got that hint from Alton Brown.
Katie-Sweeney Katie-Sweeney 6 years
I hate squeezing out potatoes to make potato latkes.
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