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Bagged lettuce

cook411 Jan 28, 2008 10:39 AM

Is the chlorination cleaning process that bagged lettuce goes through safe? Even raw vegetables at my grocery are no sold prewashed. I am worried that in a few years we will be learning how dangerous these pre washed produce items are. Thanks for any help!

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    Oh Robin Jan 29, 2008 12:45 PM

    Don't know about the process but the sickest I ever got in my life was from bagged salad. Never again.

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      missfunkysoul Jan 29, 2008 01:39 PM

      Safe or not, I stay away. Bagged supermarket greens skeeve me out. I'm at the point where I'd rather have organic and locally-grown lettuces/greens... and if they're not available, I just buy something else....

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      1. re: missfunkysoul
        alexajord Jan 30, 2008 09:19 AM

        I'm the same way. I'd rather eat frozen than questionable fresh.

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        Kagey Jan 30, 2008 02:35 AM

        I agree with previous responses. It's not difficult to wash lettuce, and it lasts longer if you do it yourself!

        1. chef chicklet Jan 30, 2008 07:21 AM

          I don't know why, but bagged lettuce, not matter what combo (even bagged spinach) smells spoiled. I can't get past it. I just would rather have my own fresh lettuces that I know I've washed, and prepared. Yuk that smell. And mostly Costco's.

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            alliedawn_98 Jan 30, 2008 12:31 PM

            I agree that all of the bagged lettuces I've tried smell and taste funny....not like fresh lettuce. I much prefer to wash my own.

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            nathanac Jan 31, 2008 06:12 PM

            I don't think the levels of chlorine in the water are high enough to really affect us. My drinking water is chlorinated and I drink it every day without any noticeable side effects. But I do think it is unwise to buy prepackaged greens. They cost more and it really is so simple to wash them yourselves (in your chlorinated water from tap).

            1. JiyoHappy Jan 31, 2008 07:29 PM

              About 8 yrs ago, I (accidently) found out that the good "salads"/ greens were the ones that my rabbit approved. If he smells it and turns his face away or kicks it with his paws, I too stay away from it. His faves are
              Earthbound organic spring mix, Consentino's dandelions & Costco's hearts of romaine

              He can't even stand the smell of
              Dole's salad, Earthbound farms baby spinach , lil carrots from bakersfield, and cilantro from safeway / luckys.
              Does he know something that I don't know

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                suse Feb 1, 2008 04:35 AM

                I would stay away from pre-washed bagged salads if it weren't for baby arugula and especially mache (or lamb's lettuce) - I'm obsessed with the stuff, though the main suppliers have recently been taking the leaves apart instead of leaving them in little bunches, like they're supposed to be served. When I spent the winter with my grandmother in Germany in the early 80s, it was what you were able to get at the market all winter (Ackersalat/Feldsalat) and we ate it almost every day, so now I see it as a winter salad. Has anybody seen it available anywhere outside of those pre-washed packages? Does anyone else like this stuff?

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                  french roast Feb 9, 2008 07:29 AM

                  I LOVE mache. Love it, love it. I fell for it about 20 years ago, when I lived in Paris. I was a nanny, at it was the only green that the kids would eat. (funny enough, it came prewashed in bags...) I couldn't find it here in the US for years, then one day, there it was in bags at Trader Joes. I took it home and ate it like a bag of chips, straight out of the bag in front of the TV, no dressing, no nuthin'.I guess since I've only eaten it from bags, that's the only taste I know! What do you top yours with? It's so delicate, I don't like pairing it with much--seems to take away from the flavor.

                2. cdesoto Feb 1, 2008 04:46 AM

                  I can taste the plastic in the bagged vegetables. Even the convenient already chopped onions, carrots, celery, etc. taste funny I'd rather chop my own.

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