Friday, March 19, 2010

My lettuce ritual

I really don't care for pre-washed-bagged lettuce.

One time I was eating my salad and there was a moth in it. GAG!!
Ever since then {unless I am in a huge hurry} I wash, rinse, dry, cut and spin our lettuce.

I start with 2 heads of green leaf lettuce. I wash it and rinse it with water.

Then I lay it on towels. I stack lettuce, towel, lettuce, towel. I roll them up like burritos.

Then I let them sit for a couple of hours.

After I unroll the leaves I lay the separated pieces in

a large bowl and cut then into small pieces with scissors.

After that I spin the pieces in the salad spinner.

It seems like it should be dry because of the several hours of towel soaking,
but after I cut it, it is usually still a bit damp.

I store it in an huge airtight Tupperware with a few paper towels to soak up more moisture. It usually lasts us a little over a week.

It is a ton of work, but so worth it every time we eat a salad. Lately we have been eating a ton of salad. I'm sure we will eat it even more with spring and summer approaching.


I was so excited about our spring weather, but tomorrow is going to be cold again.
Will it ever end???
This summer I'm gonna try to bite my tongue when I want to complain about how hot it is!
I'll try to think back to our ridiculously cold winter.

Happy Friday Y'all!!


carissa said...

i've heard such terrible things about bag lettuce! i need to do what you do. i'm very impressed... you are a lettuce preparing connoiseur. oh, and a moth?! yikes!

Kelli W said...

Okay, your moth in the lettuce bag is grossing me out! I like to buy the shredded stuff for tacos and sandwhiches! I want a salad spinner:) And it is getting chilly here heater kicked on this morning for the first time all week!

Natalie of said...

i love our salad spinner! soo helpful. i'm a bit of a extreme salad washer as well...its a must or else i won't be able to eat it. thanks for sharing!!

Unknown said...

i do the same thing..only i cut my lettuce finely with a large knife!!

i love salads :o)

Kelli said...

I will have to try that, the bag always taste funny to me. I don't have a salad spinner though. UGH too to the's supposed to dip back down next week. I'm ready for hot (I think).

Mrs. M said...

Hello! I'm coming from TGC.

I love salads but your post reminded me to do more washing next time. Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. M

Anonymous said...

I will have to try your ritual. I need to eat more salads. :0)

Thanks for linking up with Friday Follow and so glad you joined in this week! I am already your blog follower. Have a terrific weekend.

~ Lynn

Home's Where My Heart Is said...

I found a moth in our pre-packaged spinach once. Ick.

It is a time consuming process, but so worth it, like you said. I'll have to roll it in towels before spinning it, that seems like a step I need to add.

Have a great weekend!!

Nikki@KreativeKnack said...

Hi! great post! I work in a produce dept...and I've seen it all. Thanks for the little ritual tip, I will share it with my customers!

Drew's Mom said...

Does seem like a process, but sounds totally worth it! Who doesn't love a nice fresh salad in the warm weather? Thanks for the tips =)

Tiffanee said...

I need one of those!! Following you back from Friday Follow!!

Laura said...

Eek I was just going to make a salad with bagged I might think twice. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Heather said...

It's better to be on the safe side then to eat gritty yucky lettuce! I loved this tutorial!! Hope you are having a great weekend!