cooked spinach leaves film on teeth?
- Jessica Apr 8, 2005 11:18 AM
I have this problem, please let me know of any remedies or alternate cooking methods.
I love steamed/sauteed baby spinach, but it leaves this kind of coating/film on my teeth. I often experience this with dried cranberries as well.
I cook the baby spinach in a tablespoon of water, then add chopped garlic and EVOO, s&p. Great tasting, but then comes the film! Brushing my teeth helps, but this is just odd. Is there anything I can add to the cooking process--an acid like lemon juice or vinegar?
I've noticed this feeling too and haven't come up with a solution. Since my husband hates that feeling, we don't cook spinach very often. What I do instead is use another green like kale (it takes a wee bit longer to cook) or chard in place of the spinach. Similar flavors but without that weirdo teeth film feel.
The most common, and easy solution, is to blanch the spinach first. Bring a pot of water to a boil, drop the spinach in for 30 seconds, then remove. You can shock it w/cold water and save it for use later. This removes some of the oxylate. Then, cook as normal and see if you get the same filmy feeling.