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May 20, 2014 08:13 AM

Pre Washed Bagged Salad Mixes- Do You Take A Lending Hand?

Enjoying a salad mix from Costco, I thought about how I mostly buy bagged salad mixes anymore.
There are so many varieties- one of my favorites being a store-brand escarole mix. It's lovely to have escarole at the ready.
The Costco salad I'm enjoying at the moment has a mix of sturdy lettuces, pistachios, dried cranberries and feta.
The white balsamic dressing is shite- tossed that.

I love so many things on my salad that it makes it very convenient for me to start out with washed, fresh lettuces and build from there.
DH and I eat salad with dinner most nights, and this certainly helps.

I don't re-wash, btw.

Do you avail yourself of this convenience?

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  1. Nope. I much prefer to buy things individually at the Farmers market or coop.
    But then, I dislike Costco anyway.
    And the mixed always taste like chemicals to me.

    1. All the time, especially during the winter when my garden is sleeping.

      1. I always taste something weird when I buy those mixes (could just be in my head), so no.

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        1. re: ttoommyy

          I know what you mean- some mixes are better than others.

          1. re: ttoommyy

            Agreed - it's like there is some preserving agent that gives commercial bagged lettuces a weird taste. I do buy triple washed greens from local farmers. They use a refurbished washing machine to do the spin drying :)

            1. re: ttoommyy

              They use chlorine to clean the salads and some people are more sensitive to it. Or, they used to back when I worked for a couple of companies.

              1. re: ttoommyy

                Yes. Both taste and smell are off for me, but not with spinach, just bagged lettuce. IDK

              2. Have never done it I know the risk is incredibly low, but I've heard enough stories of the recalls due to e coli contamination that I figure its worth the time to buy fresh and wash it myself.

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                1. re: FattyDumplin

                  The ecoli came from the soil- could have happened to any greens, and it was IN the salad (spinach) and couldn't have been washed off.

                  1. re: monavano

                    But what about hte other recalls for stuff like listeria and salmonella. Reality is being Asian, we tend to eat more cooked greens, either in soups or stir frys. As a result, on the few occasions we do eat salads, I feel like its worth the effort to buy local / as fresh as possible and wash it myself. But to your point, it's probably an irrational fear, but not enough of a time suck given the frequency for me to overcome it.

                    1. re: FattyDumplin

                      I know I sure as hell don't triple wash, so I'm ok with pouring it right from the bag and eating it.

                      I do LOVE my OXO salad spinner when I do get fresh lettuces.
                      I've found many other uses for it, too.

                      How did I ever wash and dry lettuce without it?!

                  2. re: FattyDumplin

                    I buy both whole heads and bagged mixes and wash it myself almost all the time, because I think it tastes better that way. Take a romaine heart, rinse it, slice the end off and stand it in cool water for an hour or two. It absorbs water and gets much, much crisper. Just don't leave it overnight because it gets watery-tasting

                  3. Not any more, I've found bugs/ caterpillars in mixes and they taste chemically. We also prefer other greens to lettuces anyhow.

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                    1. re: weezieduzzit

                      I find bugs in my greens from the market.
                      They survive in the fridge for weeks!

                      I've never found anything untoward in my mixes.

                      1. re: monavano

                        Its funny, the bugs in my garden don't bother me (though I check/ wash everything before I bring it in,) but someone else's bugs totally grosses me out. :)

                        1. re: weezieduzzit

                          Twice in a row, I found a ladybug (or whatever bug that is that looks the same) in my market mustard greens.
                          Each time the greens were wrapped in paper towel and stored in a plastic bag for a week before I pulled them out to prep.
                          There I am, with a huge chef's knife, ready to slice, and I see a ladybug. Poor thing was chilled to the exoskeleton.
                          I got it onto a paper towel and let it warm up in the sunshine and poof! it flew off and was gone.
                          Two times!

                      2. re: weezieduzzit

                        "Not any more, I've found bugs/ caterpillars in mixes..."

                        But the bugs are triple washed!

                          1. re: monavano

                            They add crunch. No different than croutons!

                              1. re: EWSflash

                                They do if you coat them in breadcrumbs and fry them