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Old 07-31-2005, 05:44 PM   #11
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I've seen many bags of 'mixed' or 'Italian' or 'Herb' salad for sale in our supermarkets. I've never tried any of them - I'm loathe to buy anything that needs to be freshly prepared when it is sold in 'ready made' bags.

Do they taste 'old'?
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Old 07-31-2005, 06:38 PM   #12
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I don't think they taste old at all Ishbel. But, I do they they go bad quicker.
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Old 07-31-2005, 06:44 PM   #13
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Thanks.

I'm too old-fashioned.... I prefer to buy what I need, rather than get it in a big, ready-prepared!
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Old 07-31-2005, 07:27 PM   #14
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I tried the stuff a couple of times. I didn't re-wash it .... if there had been any slimey bits inside I probably would have. Personally, to my taste buds, they all taste like the plastic bag! My step-mom, on the other hand, loves them and doesn't notice the "off" taste that I do.
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Old 07-31-2005, 09:24 PM   #15
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I can taste that plastic bag, too

At least, I think so.

My mark of a good restaurant these days is the taste of the salad greens, if they taste like plastic bag, doesn't impress me, don't order salad again. I try not to buy the pre-washed, pre-packaged greens, but if it's an emergency (e.g. guests arriving suddenly), I'll soak them in cold water with a bit of salt added, then spin dry.
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Old 07-31-2005, 09:28 PM   #16
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nope i don't wash them. like other have mentioned... i'm laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazy
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Old 07-31-2005, 09:36 PM   #17
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Rethinking

My daughter's think I'm a pain in the a** when it comes to stuff like this, or, a snob. Next time, I'm not going to wash anything.
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Old 07-31-2005, 09:45 PM   #18
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For myself, again, I am definitely not an advocate of the "Costco" greens as I like to call them. However, there are just going to be times that the fresh local greens are not available and/or the quality is not there if the weather has not been up to snuff.

The best thing that I can recommend to those that do have access to fresh local greens is to buy in small quantities like Ishbel suggested, and to buy what you like seperately (if available) and then mix it together at home. I like to use a mixture of arugula, mache, frisee, and peppercress. My tastes tend towards the stronger, bitter/spicy type of greens so I personally avoid more the more bland flavored lettuces/greens.
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Old 08-01-2005, 07:12 AM   #19
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I rarely purchase the bagged salad greens, but when I do, I don't rinse them again. I pick through them tho', as I, too, think they go bad quickly. I've never noticed an off taste from the plastic bag they come in. For salad fixins, I generally will purchase a couple of different varieties of lettuce, wash & spin it at home, and then store in my fridge in a plastic bag. Thus, when fixing a salad, my own stuff is ready to go by the handfuls. It lasts longer than the prewashed/prepackaged stuff too.
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Old 08-01-2005, 08:23 AM   #20
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**little miss j runs off to wash salad greens**
(without soap)
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