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Spinach, Leaf Beet and Swiss Chard

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How to prepare and cook Spinach, Leaf Beet and Swiss Chard

 

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Common Names:


Spinach Beet, Chard, Silverbeet, Perpetual Spinach, Mangold

Family:

Amaranthaceae

In Season:

May to September (best)

Buying:

Choose specimens whose leaves are a deep green colour which show no wilting or yellowing. Stems should be crisp.

Storing:

In the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Serving Allowances:

100g/4oz Per Person
   

General  - Preparing Spinach,  Leaf Beet and Swiss Chard

All - Do not wash until you are ready to use.

 

General - Preparing Spinach and  Leaf Beet

Remove the stalks and wash well in cold water. If you are going to boil or steam the leaves do not dry them (see cooking methods below). Young small leaves can be cooked whole - shred or roughly chop larger leaves.

 

General - Preparing Swiss Chard

If the chards have thick stems, they are best  treated as as two separate vegetables  - the stems and the leaves - because the stems take longer to cook than the leaves. Snap or cut off the stems, wash well then cut into chunks, slices or dice/chop. The leaves should be prepared as spinach (above).

 

 

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Suitable methods and timing for cooking spinach, Swiss Chard & Leaf Beet

 

Bake/Roast

x

3-4 minutes. They should be placed in a dry pan with only he water which is clinging to the leaves from having been washed. Cover with a lid and set over a medium/high heat. It will be necessary to shake the pan vigorously or turn the leaves every 20-30 seconds during cooking.

Boil

y

Leaves  =  

Chard Stems  = 4 - 8 minutes

Fry/Sauté

y

Leaves  =   3-4 minutes. Stir-fry until just wilted

Chard Stems  = 4 - 8 minutes  Thinly slice or chop

Microwave

y Leaves  = 4-5 minutes
Chard Stems  = 5 - 8 minutes

Steam

y

Leaves  =   5 - 8 minutes

Chard Stems  = 10 - 15 minutes  Thinly slice.

Stuff

x  

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