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Bagged Salad, gag me!!!

I dont understand why people buy bagged salad. Yeah, ok, its handy, but man, does the taste and smell not negate any time factor benefit?

The smell that hits you when you first open a bag is just disgusting( but, I have an acute sense of smell). The taste is nasty too. So many of the mixes are filled w/ iceberg( which isnt that bad, it has its purposes) too.

Yesterday at work, I made a huge salad and I served 35 people with it. I have tons leftover too. I used 6 organic romaine hearts( 6.00), 1 head of iceberg( for crunch)(.99), 1 seeded english cucumber( .79), 3 field tomatoes(79lb). 1 small head of red cabbage( .50), 3 red peppers( 1.00), 1 red onion( .50), 1 bag of preshreeded carrots( these dont smell( 1.99) and a small container of goats feta cheese(3.49)

The salad is awsome and it will keep for at least 3 days( without the soggy tomatoes) in the fridge.

Speak to me.......

 
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  1. I buy bagged sometimes, but prefer the little plastic boxes. Try the organic ones, baby arugula or mesclun, and be careful about the date. Smells/tastes fine to me as long as it's fresh...once it goes skanky...yeah, that's bad.

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    1. re: danna

      I have to agree with you on the bagged salads. I wouldn't care if I got it for free, there is no way I'm eating that.

      BUT are those prices for real? Ice burg lettuce is around 1.99, red peppers on sale are $1.99lb, english cucumbers are $1.50 each, and I just paid $1.99lb for "native" tomatoes here in CT.

      1. re: jesoda

        The OP seems to be from Canada. In California at this time of year those prices are for real ... unless you shop at someplace like Whole Foods.

        I once bought bagged salad for convenience. Since that was all I ate, the smell/taste wasn't noticable. However, last year I ate on the cheap for a month ... $3 a day ... and that required head lettuce since bagged was too pricy. When I went back to bagged I noticed how awful it tasted. Also all bagged lettuce, even organic, goes through a clorine rinse according to what I've read.

        Couldn't go back to bagged. I spend time on Saturday to wash and dry head lettuce. I tear it up and store it in plastic containers or glass jars. It lasts one week to 1 1/2 weeks. It tastes better and is so much less expensive.

        1. re: jesoda

          Yep, those prices are for real. We get really cheap produce this time of year, but wait until December. We're totally gouged.

          I'm originally from California and it astounds me that I can buy Haas avocados here for .69 each or on clearance for 7( yes SEVEN) for .99.

          Check my foodblog for a recent post I did about guacamole.

      2. Id have to have both of my hands in casts to use a bagged salad product. It is so easy to chop lettuce, shred carrots, and slice and dice the other items for a salad.

        1. A salad spinner is one of the best inventions. I prefer to wash my own lettuce, and spin it dry. Once clean and dry, I wrap extra in papertowel then place in a Ziploc and store in fridge for another time, it stays fresh a fairly long time and doesnt have the funky bagged lettuce smell.

          1. I think it appeals to slothful consumers, and it's scary how much shelf space it gets.

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            1. re: Veggo

              Then I guess that makes me a slothful consumer, because that's pretty much all I buy. The Whole Foods store brand ones are $1.99, and I always dig to the back of the rack to find the one with the farthest off expiration date. As long as it's fresh, I don't notice a bad smell at all. On some level I may be wasting money, but (a) when I get home from work, starving, at 8pm I'm far more likely to eat a salad rather than junk if I don't have to spend another 15 minutes washing and drying lettuce, shredding carrots, etc.; and (b) in my one person household, full heads of lettuce are very likely to go to waste before I use them up.

              1. re: Veggo

                Slothful Costco box mixed green buyer here. I use a lot of the mixed greens in my lunch box as salad or sandwich wraps. I use a piece of kitchen paper towel to absorb the moisture. No smell for me. I guess I am the slothful insensitive type.

              2. Au contraire mon fraire! I buy it all the time, as it is way cheaper than individual items. Taste? Smell? Aren't you washing it? What, the bag says pre-washed and you trust them? As someone who has been known to grow their own lettuces from time to time, the bagged salad is a very close second. And not just price, but there is so much waste from a head of romaine, or those first few leaves of radicchio....Bagged salad makes sense to me. Slothful? Pa-lease!

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                1. re: BiscuitBoy

                  Yeah ... you would have to do some sort of price breakdown to make an argument that it is less expensive.

                  For example, the Dole Romaine bag (10 oz) has romaine lettuce, carrots and red cabbage. It sells for $1.99. Even off-season a head of Romaine is under $1.50 ... in season it is $1. It yealds a whole lot more than 10 oz even trimmed.

                  What is the cost of one carrot? The red cabbage will keep in the fridge months and can be used in multiple salads.

                  That same 10oz from scratch would cost at most $1.

                  Even the argument that mixes with multiple types of lettuce doesn't hold water. Yes, it might coast $6 - $10 to buy heads of different types of lettuce ... however, the yield would greatly exceed what is in a single bag.

                  Yeah, that's not fair to call it an appeal to 'slothful' consumers. Time is valuable. I do resent the time it takes to wash and prepare the lettuce ever week. If what I get paid for work were factored into the salad the cost would be prohibative. Not everyone gets their jollies in the kitchen. Though I do it because it tastes better ... that's the ONLY reason ... my time is more valuable than washing and tearing lettuce.. If the bagged tasted as good, I'd go back in a hearbeat.

                  1. re: rworange

                    I have seen bagged salad that is just romaine and red cabbage, and that may not work out cheaper....but in my area (CT) I buy what is called "Spring Mix", 4 different kinds of lettuces, (not iceberg) I believe, which I usually can't even find in my store, nevermind the price. How long would a head (bunch) of red oak leaf lettuce last in my crisper? I have no clue, as I've never seen it in the store.

                    1. re: rworange

                      Sure, you can buy different types of lettuces to create a huge batch of salad, but when you have a house with only two people in it, who's going to eat all that salad?! Then it just goes to waste and wouldn't necessarily be cheaper..

                      1. re: pinkprimp

                        I'm the only one in the household who eats lettuce. Two heads last me two weeks.

                        And I agree with biscuitboy that there is not the variety in a supermarket. At best there is a selection of Romaine, Iceburg, red leaf and green leaf. Some wander into the land of frisee and arugula. But you know what? I would challenge anyone to do a blind taste test and pick out the red oak leaf lettuce. What are you buying other than a fancy name? Red leaf will give the same color appeal.

                        I rarely buy supermarket lettuce, buying mainly from farmers markets. Being in SF, I've tried a lot of fancy varieties like 'duck's tongue' lettuce. It really all tastes alike ... or the taste is so marginal it doesn't matter.

                        Now I grew up in Waterbury and went to school in Boston, so I know that year-round farmers markets aren't avalable to all. Still you can put together a decent salad from the supermarket bins for lots less and the variety used in bags doesn't up the taste factor while the processing of bagged lettuce does. I would never soak my greens in clorine.

                        As I mentioned, when all I ate was bagged lettuce I couldn't tell the difference. After a month of eating head lettuce, the taste difference was startling.

                        1. re: pinkprimp

                          That's my problem with buying separately. I used to go to one grocery store that would let you buy loose leafs and make your own salad, which I would do instead of the bags. They got rid of that option and I haven't seen it anywhere else, so I buy the bags now. I live alone so there's no way on earth I'd be able to use all the items separately to make myself a salad unless I ate larger salads for every meal.

                          When I buy them, I look for the latest expiration date and then among those I look for the dryest, least puffy bag.

                    2. "The salad is awsome and it will keep for at least 3 days"

                      What are you going to keep it in for 3 days?

                      Sorry, for me, 3 day old salad, especially with cut onions and goat cheese in it, is inedible.

                      We are all so different. To you bagged salad is garbage, to me, second day salad is, to others either would be food.

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                      1. re: FrankJBN

                        Bagged salad has neither goat cheese or onions in it. If you added both to a bagged salad you would have the same garbage.

                        There is no secret here. Whether you buy a bag of salad or you buy a head of lettuce and wash and rip it up and keep it in a ziploc bag or whatever ... it will still last the same amount of time. Actually the stuff you make from scratch lasts longer and is in better condition than the pre-bagged variety.

                        What in your opinion would be the difference?

                        1. re: rworange

                          So 3 dollars a day, for real? Same thing every meal? What was that like? A fan of apple, or related to him?

                          1. re: BiscuitBoy

                            Here's a day by day account of my $3 journey

                            Conclusion - Eating like a Chowhound on $3 a day
                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/429348

                            I was trying to prove a point ... that it could be done and you didn't need to live on bologna and peanut butter. That even on a budge, given the right choices you could eat inexpensivley and healthily.

                            It actually changed my eating habits. Besides turning me off bagged salad ... it got me hooked on salad period. It is surprising how filling a salad can be. It also made me a more creative 'cook'. I say that because I detest being in the kitchen, but the whole thing opened me up to using spices and actually cooking more. I actually use some of those same 'recipes' (the point was to be simple) to this day.

                            I've been toying with the idea of trying to do this on a budget of $1 - $1.50 a day. There's this super discount store near me and I'll bet it could be done. In that case it would be bean and egg heavy, but I think it could be done in a creative and healthy way.

                            A few sample menus ...

                            SUNDAY

                            Breakfast – Oatmeal with fresh raspberries Coffee with milk

                            Lunch: Chicken soup with baguette, Hidden Star Pink & Tart apple, Coffee with milk

                            Dinner: Mastrelli’s mild Italian sausage with gypsy peppers, green salad (deer’s tongue lettuce, yellow tomato, amira cucumbers, vinaigrette), glass of red wine, 1/2 Anana melon with fresh raspberries

                            Snack: Square of Seeds of Change organic Santa Catarina 60 % Dark Chocolate with mango, toasted coconut and cashews

                            WEDNESDAY

                            Breakfast – Oatmeal with raisins and cinnamon Coffee with milk

                            Lunch: Melted provolone cheese & San Marenzo tomato sandwich, green salad (Romaine lettuce, Juliette tomato, Market More cucumbers, brown mushroom, grated parmesan cheese, vinaigrette), red wine, Hidden Star Pearl Essence apple Coffee with milk

                            Dinner: chicken tacos with pink jalapeno salsa fresca 1/.2 ear Mexican corn (chili & mayo) Rancho Gordo heirloom pebble beans, fresh strawberry rhubarb gelatin

                            Snack: Square of Seeds of Change organic Santa Catarina 60 % Dark Chocolate with mango, toasted coconut and cashews

                            SUNDAY

                            Breakfast: French toast with warm nectarine/cinnamon/honey topping, Coffee with milk

                            Lunch: Chicken soup, piece of baguette, 4 fresh apricots. Coffee with milk

                            Dinner: Trout with fennel, salad (fennel, radish, parsley, celery, vinaigrette), ½ corn on the cob with fennel butter, glass of white wine, home-made berry nectarine gelatin

                            1. re: rworange

                              Cool idea...my husband would probably appreciate it if i tried this. Sounds quite healthy and delicious, too.

                      2. They had bagged salad on sale at Hennings the winter before last and I mindless grabbed two bags. It was really cheap. I think I got them in late January and kinda forgot about them. When I noticed them in early April they had turned to this green goo. Luckily the seal held so I could just toss them. Out. I didn't learn my lesson and bought just one bag on sale last winter, again really cheap on sale. This time I was determined to at least try it. In a timely manner. Not even good on a sandwich with meat and cheese. Never again. I will go out in my yard and eat some dandelion leaves instead.

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                        1. re: givemecarbs

                          I think any lettuce would turn to goo if left for 3 months....

                          1. re: smarsh

                            Not necessarily. I actually had some left-over lettuce (from a full head, not chopped or bagged) wrapped in a paper towel, in a plastic bag for about 6 months. After the first few weeks, I decided to keep it as an experiment, and would check it every so often. I couldn't believe it but it still was pretty crisp 6 months later. There was barely any waste on it.

                            1. re: rednails

                              Should we even hazard a guess about what might have been on that lettuce to keep it crisp for so long?

                              1. re: ccbweb

                                Well, since I bought it at the farmers market, I'll have to ask them next time I'm there.

                                1. re: rednails

                                  I went to the farmers market today, and asked just about every stall that had lettuce (except the ones specifically marked organic) if they put anything on the produce to keep it fresh. Every single one said of course not, and quite a few were incredulous or just downright insulted that I asked the question. I finally had to say I was doing a survey for a class...

                                  so that answers THAT question.

                                  PS. I bought 2 bags of baby spinach last night at Trader Joes, $1.99 a bag. And sure enough, the there wasn't any baby spinach left at the farmers market.

                              2. re: rednails

                                wow, thats amazing. I've never had head lettuce last more than a few weeks, no matter how i stored it.

                                signed;
                                slothful

                          2. I'm pretty sure Trader Joe's bagged salad is NOT garbage/disgusting or whatever term was used, and I am happy to save wherever and whenever I can.

                            1. We buy bagged salad because it comes with multiple kinds of lettuce...and we'd have to buy all the different kinds to make our own.

                              1. I buy organic bagged Spring Mix from Trader Joes. No smell whatsoever and it tastes fresh, almost as good as the fresh stuff I get from the Farmer's Market.

                                I know what taste your're talking about regarding bagged salads. It's the reason I can't eat Dole bagged salads -- they have a funky smell and bitter taste to them. The TJ organiz salads don't have any of that. I will gladly pay the extra $1 to get a bag of good salad from TJs than a bag of Dole salad from the grocery store.

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                                1. re: boogiebaby

                                  I know those salads from TJ's as I used to buy them when I lived in Cali. I never noticed the smell/taste. But, we have no TJ's here in small town Southwestern Ontario. The grocery store consistently puts those bags of Dole(iceberg mixed) on sale for 1.00 and ppl buy them like crazy. Gah, it infuriates me.

                                2. We use bagged salad all the time... but only the 'whole leaf baby lettuce' versions. The pre-cut lettuce is usually brown before it even gets out of the store, and if it has grated carrots or other vegetables they're dried out and gross. I also inspect the bag carefully to make sure there isn't any sign of sliminess on the lettuce.

                                  1. The funky smell, I believe, comes from the gas (nitrogen?) they fill the bags with to keep the stuff from deteriorating. And Yes, it is very carefully washed, and handled by far fewer people than the average open head or bunch you get when you're buying in bulk, if that sort of thing worries you. I buy it because I can easily afford it, I'll use it all immediately instead of having to throw half or a third of it out, as happens too often with bulk lettuce, and I know exactly how much it makes: enough for two of us plus the next day's lunch for me, or enough for the two of us plus a guest. Bag of salad, one cut-up Belgian endive, maybe some frisée (also bagged, from TJ's) and some grated blue cheeses or queso fresco. That + maybe some fish or a lamb chop = supper.

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                                    1. re: Will Owen

                                      There's no gas like nitrogen added to the salad. If you're smelling anything, it might be from the chlorinated water that it's washed in. Other than that, that's all that is in it (other than the plastic bag which could also make it smell, I guess). The bags are specially formulated to allow salads breathe at their rate which is what makes them last longer.

                                      1. re: chowser

                                        My mistake - I think I read many years ago that some outfit was coming to market with greens packed in an inert gas, and just assumed that this had caught on and was common.

                                        I would like to add that if I want some kinds of greens, my only choices are bagged ones or (if I'm lucky) a farmer's market. None of the grocery stores in LA carry frisée at all, but TJ's (as I mentioned) has it bagged.

                                        1. re: Will Owen

                                          Will Owen: You are correct. The commercial greens are sold in sealed bags that have been inflated with Nitrogen and sometimes Carbon Dioxide to inhibit oxidation that shows up as browning where the leaves have been cut. That's why the bags feel like an inflated ball. I'm lucky enough to have a GFS Marketplace (Gordon Foods is a large, regional wholesaler) nearby. They sell a nice big bag of spring greens for what you would pay for twenty of those little Dole versions, and the bags are fresh, well-aerated, and the lettuce delicious. The boxed lettuces are a fine alternative. I've never had a problem with them.

                                          1. re: smarsh

                                            Oh, that's a newer development. I've worked for Dole Fresh Vegetables and Fresh Express and at the time, neither did. I have to get updated information or at least stop putting out old info--thanks. Next thing you know I'll be talking about how, in the next decade, they're coming out with telephones that don't have cords and you can use walking down the street, remnants from my Baby Bell days.

                                      2. Wow! Red Peppers here are $1.79 each on sale, or $3.99 a pound.

                                        Romaine seems to live forever in the fridge. I de-spine it when I make salad-I really don't like the spine. I have happily purchased bagged salad in the past, the Euro Mix or the Baby Greens. Typically grab it if it's on sale for $1 a bag (Albertsons) or BOGO. Thinking it's mostly de-spined, it's a good value choice and part of the work is already done for me. But I notice it never lasts as long as un-bagged once air hits it, which is sort of freaky and makes you wonder. I also like having the big green lettuce leaves to drape across a sandwich, or use to roll up cold cuts instead of using bread, so I'll usually go for the head instead.

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                                        1. re: Boccone Dolce

                                          I give the spine and core to my dog, diced. She LOVES it!!! Also cauliflower stems, etc. I just cut small.

                                          1. re: Boccone Dolce

                                            Im glad to hear I am not the only one who doesnt like the spines in romaine. Im a big fan of bagged salad too (yes, slothful is my middle name) but occasionally I will buy and de-spine a head of romaine and chop it, store it in my own container, and it keeps for about a week.

                                          2. I used a boxed mix of pre-washed organic baby greens yesterday and they were very good. I blogged about them in fact. At the grocery here in town, the only things you can buy heads of are iceberg and romaine and also curly spinach can be purchased not pre-packaged. I buy lots of romaine, six heads last time, but I need baby spinach and other mixed greens for variety and they only come in boxes. When gas is a little cheaper I drive an hour to Mobile to grocery shop where they have better produce, but most of the time I have to make do with what is availlable. I don't buy the bagged salad mixes though primarily because I don't like how the veggies are cut.

                                            Arika
                                            http://rawforamonth.blogspot.com

                                            1. It's an easy way to get my kids to eat salads w/out my always having to make them. They're at the point where they make their own lunches, but they won't/can't chop, wash, etc. all the vegetables themselves. But, they can open a bag.

                                              Since they've introduced spinach in a bag, I've read spinach intake has more than tripled. If pre-bagging vegetables gets people to eat more vegetables, I won't complain. I don't think using prebagged greens is necessarily slothful--some people aren't chowhounds and don't care about what their food tastes like. I mean, if someone comes back from a 20 mile marathon training run and grabs a bag of salad, is he/she slothful?

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                                              1. re: chowser

                                                I have never noticed a weird taste or smell and I use it all the time. Maybe it depends on the store or brand. Some fruit markets sell it in bulk. I can concur with a lot of other posters. Cost for the mixture if bought individually, availability of the lettuces, plus convenience. I buy field greens or spring mix but other veggies on in--tomatoes, peppers, cukes, whatever. Definitely more economical for 2 pps although I don't know wheer some of you guys are shopping, but I usually pay about 3 bucks. I still go with the theory that the darker the green, the more nutrients.The spinach is great since washing spinach sucks. Anything that saves time is welcome, not slothful, as I AM A VOLLEYBALL MOM. And dancing and choir and swimming and softball.

                                                I WILL agree that other veggies in a bag are sub par, carrots, radishes, etc. and I have seen corn in packages that I wouldn't feed to a pig.

                                              2. I just saw a coupon in the sunday paper for some of Dole's new varieties of bagged salads. Several looked quite interesting. Slothfulness, here I come!

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                                                1. re: Firegoat

                                                  Fg, if slothful comsumers are relatively nimble with shopping carts, and fleet-of-foot in the market, and don't charge purchases under $5.00, it is none of my business what slothful people do in the privacy of their own kitchens..:)

                                                  1. re: Veggo

                                                    I am relieved, because I did indeed get the Dole "Perfect Harvest" bagged salad to try and wallowed in my slothiness. It wasn't bad, Had dried cranberries, diced almonds, some carrots, raddicio, romaine and endive with an apple cider/dijon vinegrette dressing. Not a combination I would have created on my own, so was worth trying just to see if I liked the combination of tastes.

                                                2. ummm... I thought they discontinued salads that weren't in bags. That's almost all I do. Probably tells you more about me. But I'm trying to get my veggies in. Do they also sell garlic that's not pre minced?

                                                  1. I love bagged salads for the convenience. A quick rinse and spin, although sometimes I'll add one or two more things. (Cheese, seeds, nuts, etc.) It's important, however to get them as fresh as possible and use quickly because even just little bit of it going south stinks.

                                                    1. The only "smelly" bagged salads i've ever encountered are the iceberg or romaine lettuce variety, the others, not a problem. Iceberg or romaine have never fared well in my fridge once cut so i'm guess that is why there is some additive and smell.

                                                      Not a fan really of iceberg. However, given that iceberg lettuce doesn't have a whole lot of redeeming qualities compared to greens, those are what I buy anyway, and yes I do buy bagged, or mostly the plastic cartons.

                                                      I do still buy bags of baby spinach and never have seen those any other way except bagged or in the plastic cartons. My favorite lately though, is the arugula, and the greens blend that comes with the herbs, I love those in particular.

                                                      But wait a minute........you mean cut cabbage in a sealed container WOULDNT smell after three days?

                                                      1. I don't necessarily think I should have to defend anything I do, but I am with some of the posters above....when I come home dog-tired after a long day at work, the last thing I want to do is chop salad. Second, my local supermarket no longer sells baby spinach, so if I can't get to the farmers market early enough (they always have run out if I get there too late), I have to buy it bagged. I won't buy regular spinach for salad, haven't for years.

                                                        If I am entertaining, then I am all about buying fresh lettuce from afore-said farmers market or my favorite better supermarkets. I am more picky for my guests than just for myself. Then again, I can't make a simple salad, I usually get 3 different lettuces, etc etc and use a size bowl more commonly found in professional kitchens to toss it. I always have enough left over to last for days, and by then, I am really, really tired of salad.

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                                                        1. re: rednails

                                                          You're all lucky, last week at the grocery store a bag of mixed baby greens (1 salads worth) was $2 and a single head of slightly old purple/green romaine was $3.50
                                                          The romaine is enough for one salad, with a bit leftover for sandwiches.

                                                          2 bags o' salad are smarter financially and tend to be fresher as well. I hate japanese produce.

                                                        2. Bagged salad mixes got me through college. I wasn't lazy, just too busy to do all that chopping and washing myself. I could take a bag, split it into five containers, add some grape tomatoes, some match stick carrots and a cup of ranch dressing, and have a quick and easy to go lunch. I'd make those every Sunday night, so I didn't have to even think about it during the week.

                                                          1. When I'm feeling particularly lazy, I'll buy the bagged lettuce at Trader Joe's. Tastes perfectly fine and fresh.

                                                            1. I too am one of those that buy bagged/boxed spinach and mixed green leaf (not iceburg) for salads. Spinach is my favorite, by itself or mixed, and it is just so much easier and more efficient to buy pre-stemmed. I wouldn't probably ever buy pre-made "salads" with dressings or whatever included, those can't be good. I actually only have started buying the pre-done lettuce "spring mix" this past week, before I only bought spinach, I love the salad, and don't taste a difference from whole lettuce. I have been eating way more salads since I started buying bags, I live by myself and work late so convenience is definitely a plus. I do use light dressing, maybe if I tried it with oil and vinegar I would feel differently.

                                                              1. I note a LOT of posters remark upon how whole heads of lettuce/greens last them many days/meals and how they often go to waste because they don't use it all up. Heh.

                                                                I myself don't eat that much (raw) salads but when I do I don't have much wastage - but then I don't eat daintily. If the salad is tossed properly (in my case I usually use just oil, vinegar, pepper, salt) the volume of the mixture falls even before it hits your plate.

                                                                I also have no problem demolishing a whole large head of romaine, say, or 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of fresh spinach in one go for one meal just for myself as the veggie accompaniment. After washing & trimming as needed, I blanch the leaves in oiled boiling water, drain, toss or drizzle with the sauce of my choice (e.g. Chinese oyster sauce or Japanese Ponzu sauce), grind some pepper on it, and it all goes down the hatch in one sitting.

                                                                :-)

                                                                1. I buy them when they're on sale or clearance and super cheap. It's nice to be able to grab several bags of various mixes instead of buying fresh greens (or not even being able to get several of the kinds outside of bags even). Then I'll add my own toppings and extra veggies. It's a cheap and easy base to start with and i haven't had issues with an insane smell before.

                                                                  1. In Mexico if you buy whole head lettuce or packaged Romaine it's necessary to clean and disinfect. This means breaking up the leaves and soaking for ten minutes with a Microdyne or similar disinfectant. The prepackaged salads don't require this treatment which probably accounts for their popularity.

                                                                    1. My “bagged salad” comes from a local chemical free farmer, so there’s nothing there to give it that funky smell

                                                                      I’ve eaten at my sister’s house and she opened up a bag of “salad express” and dumped it in a bowl, topped with some cucumbers and tomatoes and ‘voila’ salad… and YES that chemical-ey smell seemed to manage to by-pass the Hidden Valley Ranch dressing and go straight up my notes… I nibbled a few bites and thought “this is why I don’t buy the stuff”

                                                                      As far as being economical, hell NO It’s not economical to pay $3.75 for a bag of baby lettuces, but I look at food as a budget priority, feed yourself well now and you reap the benefits always…