Some things in life are difficult. Washing bunched leafy greens does not have to be one of them. Make greens from scratch anytime by thoroughly cleaning before cooking for a nice home cooked meal.
Any time when shopping in the produce section of the grocery store there’s likely 2 options, to buy whole or buy pre-cut. The number one reason I always buy leafy greens whole would probably be the cost. The ease of convenience is wonderful but it can really hurt your pockets. Ever bought a container of pomegranates seeds? If so the you’ll understand. Just doing a simple cost comparison you’ll see it’s usually cheaper buying whole (not prepped) greens or any produce really. Don’t get me wrong, buying pre-cut produce is fine but if you want to be budget friendly then buying whole is the way to go. Yes, it takes a little longer to prepare but if you’re like me then you should enjoy the process. I’ll show you step by step how I wash my greens with a bunch of Nature’s Greens Collards.
Another reason to by whole is shelf life. Pre cut produce may expire more quickly compared to buying whole.Some produce have the ability to continue to ripe after picking like pineapples and bananas. Often times you can maintain produce by submerging the stems in water like asparagus. The best example that comes to mind is avocados. Once you slice into one you have a short amount of time until it starts to turn brown. Sometimes its better to prep produce when your ready or it may go bad before using it all.
Fill the sink with cold water. If you’re using a large sink then using a large bowl or tub would be more easier. There’s no right or wrong amount of water to add. The key is to make sure the greens could be submerged in the cold water. For convenience I decided to cut the stems off simple because several pieces were long than the tub I used. Add greens to the water. Gently give the greens a good stir using your hands. The dirt should fall off the greens and sink to the bottom. Remove greens from bath of cold water. Repeat this step of washing your leafy greens again if needed and until no more dirt is visible.0
Jasmin Foster is a registered dietitian and food photographer in Washington,DC who believes in healthy balanced eating.