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Feb 27, 2009 03:30 AM

Washing Salad Greens - Over The Top?!

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?

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  1. No you are not alone. That is ridiculous.

    1. 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 ?
      RAW ?
      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.

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      1. re: lcool

        The cost would be huge - on top of the time. I just can't think why in the US where most water supplies are quite safe that they would feel the need to ask for distilled water!

      2. 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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        1. re: roxlet

          I might be mistaken, but I thought that the "taint" in tainted lettuce actually grew into the leaves. Washing has no effect.

          1. re: evewitch

            no-salmonella (or other bacteria) would be on the outer surface of the leaves, from some sort of animal (fecal) contamination. Thorough washing/rinsing would remove it. It isn't taken into the vascular system of the plant.

        2. I use hydrogen peroxide--but not for washing greens. I did know somebody who washed all their fruits and vegetables with apple cider vinegar and I thought even that was over the top.

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          1. re: MrsT

            And then there was Kramer, who took his vegatables into the shower with him...

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