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 @ lowercase letters 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 @ RTSM 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 Catherine 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!!

jenn 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).

The Learning Center 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!! 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!