frozen spinach

A freezer essential.

Fresh spinach is great, but the washed baby leaf stuff is expensive and wilts down to almost nothing, while the larger leaves have more flavour but are time-consuming to prepare.

Frozen spinach, on the other hand, is cheaper and doesn't require lots of washing, lasts far longer and is already portioned into balls ready to use. It can transform a dish, and works quietly in many recipes without craving the spotlight. Add it to soups for flavour, to stews or curry to thicken and enrich, or to pasta — just because.

So make space next to the peas in your freezer for a bag of the leafy stuff, and you won't be disappointed.