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Old 07-31-2005, 11:53 AM   #1
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Do you wash pre-prepared salad greens?

When you buy roquette, mesclun, or just plain lettuce in the supermarket that is sold cut and washed in a bag with netural gas, do you wash it again at home?

Lazy me, I usually forgo this, but a friend said he always does.

Is there any risk not to do so?

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Old 07-31-2005, 12:01 PM   #2
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I know some people that do. I don't, but I have also heard that it is recommended to wash them because bacteria can hide even in the prewashed greens.
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Old 07-31-2005, 12:04 PM   #3
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Like you Alex, I am lazy and do not wash mine, but as SierraCook pointed out it is probably a good idea to wash them. I remember hearing stories of people getting very sick because they did not wash the bagged lettuce. I have heard pregnant women are especially at risk.
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Old 07-31-2005, 12:40 PM   #4
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I pick through it because so often it is getting slimed by supermarket conditions ... near freezing in the back and showing condensation out on the cooler. Often I wash and dry it.
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Old 07-31-2005, 01:41 PM   #5
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Nope.. I just drop it in the bowl and chomp away at it.

( Please don't tell my MIL, she uses SOAP to wash her veggies!!)
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Old 07-31-2005, 03:01 PM   #6
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I don't wash it either. I used to wash the spinach in a bag, but now I can buy the "triple-washed" variety.

(PDS: so does her salad taste soapy?)
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Old 07-31-2005, 03:23 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jkath
I don't wash it either. I used to wash the spinach in a bag, but now I can buy the "triple-washed" variety.

(PDS: so does her salad taste soapy?)
no.. she only washes the cukes and tomatoes with soap
and they rince off pretty well.
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Old 07-31-2005, 04:02 PM   #8
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i always re-wash. im just not that trusting.
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Old 07-31-2005, 04:25 PM   #9
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I always wash it and spin it because you never know. But then I don't buy the pre-packaged and pre-washed stuff anyway. Most stores have some sort of mixed mesculin greens from some local farm. If your store does carry those, even though they will be a few dollars more, I'd recommend using that instead. Not only will they taste fresher, you'll be supporting the local farming industry as well.
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