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I haven't made Spinach Dip in a long time. I noticed on both the package of frozen spinach and the recipe that it says to cook the spinach. I don't remember the recipe saying that last time I made it. Is it better with the spinach cooked? Or, did they find out frozen thawed spinach contained bacteria or something?

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Last updated: Feb. 3, 2013 8:54 am
Posted: Feb. 2, 2013 10:11 am
 
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Spinach Dip I

Submitted by: AUTUMN/FALL 
One of those classic recipes that melds dry soup mix with frozen spinach and a sour cream/mayonnaise base. 
Recommended by: Scotdog
Feb. 2, 2013 10:12 am
I'm making the recipe on the back of the Knorr packet.
 
Commented by: nanny129
Feb. 2, 2013 10:13 am
very strange- i don't know- but i have never cooked it either-- not at home and not at chili's:-)
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Randy
Feb. 2, 2013 10:16 am
i've never cooked it....
 
bd.weld
Feb. 2, 2013 10:17 am
Scotdog - My favorite spinach dip. I have never cooked the spinach using this recipe.
 
bd.weld
Feb. 2, 2013 10:18 am
I should add that I use frozen spinach and nuke it to speed up the thawing.
 
nanny129
Feb. 2, 2013 10:25 am
i always do it just like this- and ruin a new kitchen towel ringing out the spinach--i just throw it away - not worth trying to get all that green out-lol
 
Molly
Feb. 2, 2013 10:26 am
I make the same recipe off the Knorr package and I have never cooked the spinach. Just thaw and squeeze the water out.
 
TwoSweetPickles
Feb. 2, 2013 10:29 am
I keep one towel just for my squeezing...saves throwing one out every time!
 
sassyoldlady
Feb. 2, 2013 10:30 am
I used my potato ricer to squeeze all the water out last time, then hand squeeze, chop it up with a knife, throw it in and mix.
 
foodiemonster
Feb. 2, 2013 10:35 am
Hmmm I'm the odd one out here. I have never made it with raw spinach I always steam mine or saute it lightly in a pan just till it wilts a bit. I had no idea that there are recipes that ask for raw. I like the texture of the steamed spinach much better that's why I steam/saute it any way.
 
sassyoldlady
Feb. 2, 2013 10:47 am
If I was using fresh spinach then yes I would cook it, but the frozen stuff is already blanched before freezing.
 
Scotdog
Feb. 2, 2013 10:51 am
Thanks everyone!
 
Coot226
Feb. 2, 2013 11:02 am
I agree with Sassy
 
Scotdog
Feb. 2, 2013 11:04 am
I just googled and one person it was from a salmonella scare. That doesn't surprise anyone, I'm sure.
 
Lindsay
Feb. 2, 2013 3:43 pm
I too noticed last time I made it that it says to cook it. I never have though. Maybe I should and let it cool now that I see the salmonella thing. I would wonder if it would kill it when its frozen.
 
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Spinach Dip with Water Chestnuts

Submitted by: WALNUT 
Water chestnuts add a delightful twist to this chilled spinach dip. Serve with wheat crackers or rye bread. I hope you will enjoy this. My family loves it! 
Recommended by: sassyoldlady
Feb. 2, 2013 10:29 am
This is the one I use(Not sure if this will come up right, think it may have been TOH recipe), never cooked the frozen spinach in any recipe I've used it in.
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Celeste
Feb. 2, 2013 10:41 am
I use this one too :)
 
Scotdog
Feb. 2, 2013 10:51 am
Yeah, this is the one on the back of the package.
 
Scotdog
Feb. 2, 2013 10:55 am
One of the reviewers says "squeeze out the spinach until it screams", lol!
 
Feb. 2, 2013 12:27 pm
But I'm usually the first to scream - spinach loves its water!!
 
Scotdog
Feb. 3, 2013 8:54 am
LOL! Thanks for the tip about the tea towel TwoSweetPickles. I found an all cotton one that is stained. It worked really, really well and can be bleached.
 
Commented by: misty
Feb. 2, 2013 2:13 pm
Could you use your salad spinner to get rid of the extra water; bet it would scream.... LOL
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Scotdog
Feb. 3, 2013 8:54 am
LOL! I don't think it would work.
 
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