Shelf Life of

How Long Does Spinach Last?

Shelf Life of Spinach

Spinach – how long does spinach last? Spinach is a leafy vegetable which can be eaten raw in salads or cooked to be eaten alone or as an ingredient in main or side dishes. It’s high in vitamins A and K and also provides many minerals including iron, calcium and potassium. The shelf life of spinach depends on a variety of factors, such as the date purchased or best by date), the preparation method and how it was stored. Because of its relatively low cost and low caloric content yet high vitamins, minerals and fiber spinach remains near the top of the list of good for you foods.

So, how long does spinach last? When properly stored, the shelf life of fresh spinach past its date purchased is approximately …

(Unopened) Refrigerator
Past Printed Date
Fresh Spinach lasts for 5-7 Days
(Opened) Refrigerator
Past Printed Date
Fresh Spinach lasts for 3-5 Days

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, spinach, like a lot of other vegetables, usually has a best by date or no date at all, but does not carry an expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use it to compliment your favorite meals even after the the best by date has lapsed.

How to tell if spinach is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your spinach has gone bad.

Some common traits of bad spinach are a darkened color, a moist texture and a strong smell. Spinach will first become a darker green and then turn toward black as it ages. It becomes wet and the smell gets stronger.

There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled spinach, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your foods prior to the eat by date.

How to store spinach to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food.
You can help spinach keep fresh longer by storing it in your refrigerator immediately after each use. Spinach should be kept in the refrigerators vegetable drawer and as dry as possible. Do not wash your spinach until you are ready to use it. Any added moisture will cause your spinach to go bad more quickly. Any airtight plastic container (such as a vegetable bag sealed tightly) works great to keep out moisture and other contaminants.

An easy way to dry spinach is with a salad spinner. We like this one because of push button spinning instead of cranking, plus it comes in colors to match other appliances.

Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Important note about Spinach

  • Spinach can carry bacteria like E-coli, so it is important to always rinse your spinach well after purchase. This is true even if your bag says “pre-washed” – rinse it again before use. Spinach has been re-called for E-coli and Salmonella poisonings more than any other product. Important note – *always wash your spinach before use*!

  • How long is spinach good for when prepared in a dish?

    How long does spinach last? That depends. How long does chicken last? In general, spinach lasts only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the dish that it is prepared in. To find out how long those other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or use the search below

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    What are our shelf life resources?

    Our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of spinach.

    *An important note about expiration dates …

    Although the spinach shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion. So, how long will food last? Let’s find out!