Farm share started this week (Hooray!!!) and always the first few pick ups of the season are loaded with a good amount of the freshest, most fantastic greens that there ever was. And I couldn't be happier! (well maybe if I could just take home creates of the stuff)
While I was down at the farm filling and weighing my bags, I overhead a couple talking about how last year they never ate their greens fast enough and how they always went bad by the next week. What! Fresh greens bad in one week.. no way. A bag of greens can last weeks, just as long as you take the time to store them properly. It made me sad to think about the wasted greens and so now I am determined d to make sure that everyone knows the proper way to clean and store greens so no greens go to waste.
What you need
- Your dirty greens
- resealable gallon sized bags or large plastic containers (Bags are great for space saving if you have a tiny fridge like me and can be used over ans over again)
- a big bowl or wash bin
- A piece of clean muslin or other cotton fabric about the size of a paper towel per bag. (can use paper towels, but why not invest in reusable)
- salad spinner
- clean cold water
I know that some people might not have a salad spinner, but here is the thing. You need one!I am sure that there are people out there that have hacked a way to dry greens without one (like my aunt who is a farmer. She uses an old and very clean washing machine. so smart) but really, you should have one.
To clean. First off, the sooner you get them home and cleaned the better. Having damp greens in a bag is not ideal and will lead to yuk. If I bring greens home and don't have time to clean and spin them right away, I at least stick a piece of muslin into the bag until I can get to them.
My method for cleaning. Fill a big ass bowl up with cold water and, in small batches, gently dunk and agitate the greens. There are two reason I do it like this. One is that I find running greens under running water doesn't really get them as clean and sometime can even bruise fragile greens and two, I hate water waste and running water over greens wastes a lot(once I am done with the dirty water, I water my plants with it) If you find the water has gotten really dirty fast (which it will do sometimes) dump water and refresh with clean.
Once the greens have had a good bath, to the spinner they go. When adding greens, make sure to not over stuff the spinner and also spin once, dump water out from the bottom, then spin again. Maybe even three times to get the greens dry.
Line a bag (or container) with muslin cloth and fill it with your clean dried greens. The cloth is important for storing, it keeps the moister away from the greens so they don't get slimmy and gross. And don't over pack your greens either. If you have a lot, just grab another bag.
so fresh and so clean clean
And that's it. Close up those bags and now you can store you greens in the fridge and they will last for a week or more, although honestly, with greens looking this good, how could you resist not eating them all right away (the nearly 2 lbs I brought home lasted about 2 days)
Enjoy your greens!