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Bagged lettuce

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

    1. 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

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

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

        1. 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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          1. re: chef chicklet

            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.

          2. 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. 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

              1. 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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                1. re: suse

                  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. 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.