Washing Salad Greens - Over The Top?!
- lupaglupa Feb 27, 2009 03:30 AM
I know we're all supposed to wash salad greens - even ones that have been 'triple washed.' But the most recent issue of Southern Living described a method that left me slack-jawed. They put down a multi-step process that required rinsing with distilled water, then a hydrogen peroxide distilled water solution, then again with distilled water. Am I alone in thinking this is way over the top?
Do any Chowhounders use distilled water? Or hydrogen peroxide?
WOW,who has that kind of $$$$$ ?Who lives with that level of risk?What are the topical contaminants such as to require hydrogen peroxide ?If it's that bad would you still eat it ?
Often during the years we lived in Asia sanitation was an issue,even the "wash" water.
Answer was to "cook" when in doubt,stir fries,soups and pickles.
There was a thread I started not too long ago about washing salad greens. In the end I concluded that when you are having pre-washed salad greens or eating the interior of an iceberg lettuce, it's really not worth it uless your greens need crisping or have dirt or sand on them. Maybe I will live to regret it, but I have never gotten sick from tainted lettuce, nor do I know anyone who had. That doesn't mean that it doesn't happen -- the newspapers periodically write about various outbreaks of this and that -- but unless a lettuce is dirty or is harboring little bugs, a simple wash isn't going to remove anything that is there. Clearly this article has arrived at a similar conclusion and is delineating the method that is necessary to insure that anything that might make you sick is removed from your lettuce. IMHO, what a waste of time!
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