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Is Slimy Spinach Safe to Eat?


There’s no question that spinach is one of the healthiest foods in the world, packed with vitamins and minerals. However, spoiled spinach can spell trouble for anyone who eats it — including health risks like food poisoning. That’s why it’s important to recognize bad spinach from good spinach. One big question that a lot of grocery shoppers have: Is slimy spinach safe to eat?

Here’s the short answer: You definitely should not eat any slimy spinach you come across. Experts say that slime is one of the top signs of decay on the leafy green. Along with yellowing, bruising, and wilting, slime is yet another problem that should generally be avoided on spinach. Considering that contaminated spinach can potentially lead to food poisoning, it’s a good idea to toss any type of foul-looking greens — including those that have gone bad naturally.

It’s worth keeping in mind that not everyone gets sick from eating slimy spinach. Indeed, it’s very possible to consume it without seeing any reaction — especially if you have a strong immune system. But considering that the risk of illness is still there for everyone, why take that risk? After all, there are a few simple ways you can protect yourself from this problem happening in the first place.

How to Keep Spinach Fresh Longer

Experts recommend storing spinach unwashed in a plastic bag in the vegetable bin in your refrigerator. The leafy green will likely stay at its best quality for about three to five days, but you can eat it until you notice signs of decay (including slime). If the spinach that you buy comes in a pre-packaged bag or container from the grocery store, experts say it’s best to store leftover greens in the original packaging for optimal freshness. Be sure to tape any bags shut if they have openings.

To extend the life of spinach, it’s best not to wash it before storing it, as the moisture can make it spoil quickly. When it comes to keeping spinach fresh for even longer periods of time, some folks find it helpful to store a clean paper towel with their spinach. This can be especially useful if you know you’re going to have a lot of leftovers after the first time you use the veggies. Remember: Always wash your spinach under running water before using it in any recipe, especially if you’ll be eating it raw.

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