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Jan 20, 2009 09:02 AM

Best way to clean greens?

Like beet greens, chard, etc? Love greens but I'm tired of eating dirt.... : )

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  1. Fill a tall pot with cold water. Hold the greens by the root end and plunge them into the water. Swish around, and pull up and down, for a minute or so. The dirt washes out and then sinks to the bottom of the pot.

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    1. re: Chris VR

      I find that separating the bottom of the stalks greatly helps get rid of the grit. After all, those tightly packed crevices are where lots of the dirt and sand hides.

    2. The same way you should clean salad greens... if that helps.

      Here's what you should do with very dirty, sandy greens. First give them a rinse under cold water to get rid of serious grit and or bugs. From there you can simply plug up the sink, fill it with cold water and toss the greens in there. Swish them around in the water and then let them sit. This will soften any hardened dirt and it along with the sand, it will sink to the bottom of the sink. Obviously you remove the leaves by lifting them out of the water FIRST (so not to let them come into contact with the sandy dirt again) and then draining the water. Sometimes it takes a couple soakings but that's how to do it. Does that make sense?

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      1. re: HaagenDazs

        thanks. that's actually how i've been doing it, soaking the leaves in a big pot (rather than the sink) and swishing them, but it wastes so much water and takes a lot of time -- was hoping someone would offer me a faster way!

        1. re: BeckyAndTheBeanstock

          That's really the only way. People might have slightly different techniques (pot versus sink) but the idea is you allow the dirt to fall away. You could stand there over the sink and rinse the bejesus out of them but in the end you'd probably use more water that way. Water is precious, yes, but water is cheap. It's either that or enjoy the extra mineral content. ;-)

        2. re: HaagenDazs

          that's my technique, too. i remove the root end first, to "open" up the bunch (if not already loose). sitting in the water is important. also lifting out the leaves one by one (larger pieces, of course.)

          if there is lots of dirt, i may repeat the process.

        3. Probably just a duplication but fill the sink up, don't need that much water, pull apart the leaves and just let them soak, don't need long. pull them out and I lightly rinse for just a second to make sure. Always worked for me and I only let them soak 3-4 minutes. Easiest thing I think