Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Tiny Tidbits: Best Way to Wash Lettuce

Hi everyone!

Have you ever noticed that sometimes you get little pieces of dirt in your lettuce even though you washed it off? That’s because you’re not washing it off the right way. Instead of just running the lettuce under some water and calling it a day, there’s a really effective and easy way to get rid of all those annoying pieces of dirt. Whenever you buy lettuce directly from the farmer (or you buy a CSA box), there will be more dirt in the lettuce because it’s so fresh.

Personally, I don’t like eating dirt and bugs, but hey, it’s extra protein! But, if you’re like me, it’s not that hard to make sure your lettuce doesn’t contain anything but lettuce. Simply take a big bowl and fill it with cold water. Then add a touch of distilled vinegar. The vinegar shocks the bugs and makes them fall off the lettuce. Tear the lettuce into smaller pieces, add it to the bowl and press gently so that the lettuce pieces are covered in water. Soaking the leaves causes the dirt to fall off, because lettuce floats and dirt sinks. After letting the leaves of lettuce soak for several minutes, pop the lettuce into a salad spinner, give it a whirl and you’re ready for a fresh, bug-free salad!

Thanks for reading!
Lizzie Marie

1 comment:

  1. In France they use white wine vinegar. Good tip.