You know it is summertime in our home when the old Spinach Borscht pot comes out of the cabinet. My remarkable Green Brain mother-in-law, later lovingly referred to as “Grandma Lil,” gave me my 6-quart enameled Spinach Borscht pot as a bridal show gift, 47 years ago.
My introduction to Spinach Borscht was in the summer of 1964. I was having dinner with Jordan’s family on a hot summer evening. I immediately loved the cold cream of spinach soup. It was delicious and so refreshing! Grandma Lil would jokingly say, “You cannot be a Glazov if you do not eat Spinach Borscht.” My sweet father-in-law, Papa Joe, and other Russian Jews who emigrated from Russia, also refer to this Eastern European cold soup as “Schav.”
Below is our Glazov Family recipe that is:
A Yellow Brain family favorite and tradition
A Blue Brain way to offer your loved ones a refreshing and healthy summer treat
A Green Brain precise and simple recipe
An Orange Brain energizing, quick, and easy summertime favorite
Summer Spinach Borscht Recipe
3 -16-oz bags of frozen chopped spinach
1 – Large-size sweet or Vidalia onion or a 12-oz bag of chopped onions
3 – Full teaspoons of Lemon Juice (fresh or from concentrate); I use one of my old wooden spoons
3 – Full teaspoons of Sour Salt (known as citric acid)
1 – Tablespoon of Sour Cream
Put the 3 packages of frozen chopped spinach in the soup pot. Add chopped onions. Fill the pot with water until it is 2 inches from the top of the pot. Without the pot lid, cook until contents begin to bubble and come to a boil. Then turn the heat down, cover with the lid, and let the pot simmer for 1 hour. After 1 hour add the Sour Salt and Lemon Juice. Stir pot and let it cool down before you put in the refrigerator. You can also chill it faster by putting a trivet under the pot. I usually make my Spinach Borscht in the evening and let it chill overnight.
Ladle the Spinach Borscht into a soup bowl and serve with 1 Tablespoon of Sour Cream. The Glazov Family members are purists and only use sour cream. However, some people like to garnish the bowl with chopped chives, cucumbers, scallions, red radishes and/or eggs.
FYI: For some people this cold cream of spinach soup is an acquired taste.
Enjoy this delicious, healthy, and refreshing Glazov Family Favorite!
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