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Old 08-17-2013, 03:08 PM   #111
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I do buy salad mixes. By the time I buy assorted greens I would spend a small fortune, and have way too much that would go to waste. This way we each get a side salad to go with dinner and he gets to take one to work the next day, no waste. I usually buy shredded lettuce for tacos too, it's all about not wasting food, although buying a head of lettuce would be cheaper, but then I'd have to remember to use it all.
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I can't eat it fast enough, I buy it preshredded/mixed and sometimes I still can't get it eaten. Shrek doesn't eat any of that anymore...a bag of mixed greens is enough for a week 's lunch at work.
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Old 08-17-2013, 04:04 PM   #112
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I've been interested to notice that on American cookery programmes (of which we get a lot on British television) there doesn't seem to be the same paranoia about raw and under-cooked eggs in home-made ice cream, custard based desserts, meringues, cake frosting, etc., that there is in the UK.

Over here every time a recipe is featured on television or the radio (yes, occasionally) or appears in a book or magazine there is always a rider that this dish should not be served to the elderly, sick, very young, immune suppressed, etc., due to the presence of raw or under-cooked eggs.

This is despite legal requirements for commercial hens to be vaccinated against salmonella.
We get the same warnings. The shows usually give us an alternative choice to the raw egg. As an elderly, I stay away from them completely. I just watched an American Test Kitchen episode that made a sauce for smoked salmon and it used a raw egg. No warning there. And that surprised me. I would never make that sauce. For years they were very diligent about warning us. My guess would be that we got the message so they have gotten lax in their warnings. I don't know if we vaccinate our hens though. We have two very large major chicken producers. Tyson and Perdue. Tyson has come under some real scrutiny by the USDA, (our watchdog) but Perdue is promoting the care they give their chickens. I don't know if they can be believed or not.
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Old 08-17-2013, 04:09 PM   #113
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I can't eat it fast enough, I buy it preshredded/mixed and sometimes I still can't get it eaten. Shrek doesn't eat any of that anymore...a bag of mixed greens is enough for a week 's lunch at work.
As a teenager I was introduced to eating Bib lettuce (or any lettuce leaf) dipped in apple cider or Chinese vinegar as a snack. The recipe taught to me added a bit of ice water to the vinegar to cut the acidity. Occasionally, even though I can't eat raw roughage will eat this as a snack. I just cut the lettuce up into tiny pieces and enjoy myself. Then I pay for it later.
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Old 08-17-2013, 05:12 PM   #114
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Anything that is grown on the ground can have salmonella in it, since that's where the bacteria is. That said, buy what you like I buy the packages of three romaine hearts and use them for any lettuce needs we have. I make salads 2-4 times a week, and they last at least that long, so we rarely have waste.

I don't buy pre-cooked eggs because they're usually overcooked and tough, but I don't think there's any safety reason to eat hard-cooked eggs the same day they're cooked.

I just don't have any reason to have hard-cooked eggs cooked ahead. It doesn't take that long to make them, and I like them warm. It's not that I wouldn't eat a hard-cooked egg that is a few days old, I just eat them when I make them, mostly.

I love romaine. If I bought that I would probably eat more salads.
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Old 08-17-2013, 05:35 PM   #115
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..I love romaine. If I bought that I would probably eat more salads.
Well we've pretty much drifted but since you're the OP I guess it's OK! Buy a head of romaine the next time you shop, take the outer leaves off for salad or sandwiches (you can wrap in dampened paper towels and put into a plastic produce bag - just use within a day or two or they'll go limp) and grill the rest of it! Delish. I cut it in half, starting at the base, and rinse thoroughly. Splay the leaves out and roll in a clean towel to get most of the water out, then prep for the grill. There is an older thread here that has lots of suggestions and information.

Himself was very reluctant when I sent the romaine out along side the pork chops. He was a convert when he had it for his salad later. A little dressing, bacon, hard-cooked egg (homemade, I might add ) and chopped tomatoes was all. He added bleu cheese, I had feta, and we were both happy. Let me know if you try it.
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Old 08-17-2013, 06:47 PM   #116
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Sometimes I'll cook a dozen eggs and pop them in the fridge in a zip top bag, they seem to be good for a week, but they don't last long with rob in the house, he loves them!
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Shrek often does up a couple dozen eggs, they last a week. The trick is to get him to eat something other than the eggs.
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:33 PM   #118
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Shrek often does up a couple dozen eggs, they last a week. The trick is to get him to eat something other than the eggs.
Yeah, that sounds familiar. I'll hear the fridge open, and he'll be in the bag of eggs.
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I have popped some hard cooked chopped eggs in the freezer following PF's suggesting. If you put hard cooked peeled eggs in the fridge in water, you should change the water every day. This I learned in the "food industry."
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:53 AM   #120
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Yeah, that sounds familiar. I'll hear the fridge open, and he'll be in the bag of eggs.
You're starting to sound married already!
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