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Old 06-30-2006, 03:35 PM   #11
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What KIND of infection? Why do you even think it was the salad? The report is about a full blown E.coli outbreak which would NOT be cleared up two shots. How did your "infection" manifest itself.
I have used the bagged salads for a long time and for a lot of things. Never a problem.

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Old 06-30-2006, 03:49 PM   #12
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I completely agree with you Gretchen. I've been enjoying all the different brands/producers of the bagged salads for YEARS now, & I've never had any sort of problem. This is not to say that it doesn't happen, just that I don't believe it happens any more frequently than with other produce.

Does anyone remember the e. coli outbreak a few years ago involving sprouts (broccoli, alfalfa, etc.)? Everyone who had ever had sprouts on a sandwich was claiming they had come down with e. coli & no one should eat sprouts - it was ridiculous. Same thing with the e. coli outbreak that involved iceberg lettuce. Or how about the outbreak involving small fruits coming from Chile & other South American countries? How soon we forget that this is NOT a problem indigenous to "bagged salad". Eating bagged salad is no more dangerous than eating any other produce not plucked from your own backyard.

E. coli is quite easily determined by a stool culture & has very specific symptoms. As stated by Gretchen, it's definitley not cleared up by "two shots", & wouldn't necessarily resemble the sort of reaction you'd have from being exposed to golf course chemicals. I'm sure any reputable doctor could easily tell the difference between chemical exposure & the serious intestinal distress that accompanies e. coli.

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Old 06-30-2006, 03:54 PM   #13
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I've always read to never use soaps to wash the veggies.

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Old 06-30-2006, 04:36 PM   #14
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Appreciate all the input here. You guys are the best. Have to admit, I never thought to rinse/wash packaged salads - or pre-washed spinach. Perhaps, I should get a salad spinner as well. Breezy, I hear you about the convenience, and like the garden blend - $2.99 for about 2 lbs, without spending a bunch of time chopping several ingreds. Dole was a brand I bought, and was surprised, but glad, to see the (voluntary) recall. Sandy, sometimes I get that baggy taste, but usually dump it after two days and keep the fridge very cold. I'm so careful about chicken/cutting boards etc, but never gave much thought to problems with lettuce. Good tips. Thanks.

Hmmm, I wonder if restaurants use pre-packaged.
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Old 06-30-2006, 05:35 PM   #15
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Oh Mish I LOVE my Salad Spinner.

One of the things I use it for is when we're making tacos, instead of buying high-priced fresh tomatoes I buy a can of Hunt's diced tomatoes, stick them in my salad spinner and spin them almost dry. :D

It's great for washing or drying nearly anything! :D

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Old 06-30-2006, 05:54 PM   #16
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Oh Mish I LOVE my Salad Spinner.It's great for washing or drying nearly anything! :D

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Old 06-30-2006, 07:16 PM   #17
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I think we had a thread on washing or not washing bagged salad greens a bit earlier. I always wash mine and always have. There is a bit of an odor that I don't care for and I feel much better, but I always wash my lettuce and everything else too. I don't use soap, but on veggies that seemed a bit grimy like squash, etc, I have put a small amount of white vinegar in the first water and scrubbed with a brush, using plain water for subsequent rinses. Also I put the greens not used for a meal in paper towels and then in a plastic bag. They last quite well and are always ready to eat.
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Old 06-30-2006, 08:00 PM   #18
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sandy j, i think bagged lettuces taste like the bag too! i always rinse mine to get rid of that flavor.

bethzaring, that's pretty much how i clean my greens from the garden (forest? how cool! ), except i rarley use any soap.

the "sink soak" would work as well for the bagged stuff too, i guess.

i sew whole packages of seeds (mesculun, arrugula, spinach) in 12 foot by 2 foot rows. i then begin harvesting by just pulling clumps of small plants every few inches, making room for what's left to continue to grow. i keep pulling every other plant until the supply is exhausted, or it bolts and becomes too bitter.

but, since i'm bringing in whole loose leaf heads, roots and all, there's a lot of dirt and bugs that come along for the ride. i strip down the leaves under running water and discard the stems and roots. then i wipe out the sink, rinsing away any dirt and bugs, then fill it with cold water. the lettuces soak for a bit, being swished around (yes, i said it, swished... ) every now and then. they're scooped out, the sink is drained, and the lettuces rinsed a final time before being torn in half to fit better in the salad spinner.

i wrap them in moist paper towels and they're stored in plastic bags in the fridge.
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Old 06-30-2006, 10:38 PM   #19
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I wash it all - bagged or stuff I have to prepare myself... I guess I just like the whirl of my salad spinner! ;>)
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Old 07-01-2006, 05:32 PM   #20
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Whats the point in bagges salad if you hafto wash it might as well get a head of lettuce and go from there.Its fresher and cheaper to.

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