- Bags of salad, How do you make them last longer?
As title says really,
I'm looking to eat more salad by having it with most of my meals, from sandwiches at lunch to a dish with dinner. Problem is when we buy the bags of mixed leaves etc we waste most of it due to it going off to quickly!We (GF and I) eat this stuff everyday but find we are going back to the shop to stock up. I was hoping I could at least make it last a week.
CheersPosted 8 years ago
Not much nutrition in those, they've gone through the picker, washer and alsorts of quick cold stores to keep it fresh. Also I think they may add some sort of gas to the bag ( not sure about that though).
Fresh tomatos and cucumber will last a good few days, as will a red onion, peppar, radish etc.
Buy a whole lettuce, ( loads of lovely varieties to choose from), wash it yourself, just picking off the leaves you need for that day.
The most important thing is buy from a local green grocer as there is less travelling time, making it fresher.Posted 8 years agorightplacerighttimeMember
Don't buy bags, buy real salad veg. Whole tomatoes, whole cucumber and whole lettuce will last much longer – in particular Little Gem lettuce will last best, but Cos (Romain) varieties last well too. You do need to rinse it ll though.
Also, how about avocado or tinned ingredients like atrichoke or mixed beans.
Do you know how to make a nice dressing?
You can also assemble your own coleslaw (cabbage/carrot/onion/apple + mayo, black pepper and maybe a drop of salad cream) from ingredients that all last well – miles cheaper and tastier than the readymade stuff.
Small leaves like watercress/rocket etc don't last well.Posted 8 years agonaokfreekMember
The bagged stuff is tempting but rubbish, our local fruit and veg place in chiswick is next door to a huge sainsburys and so much cheaper and has had a far shorter journey to get there.
asparagus sainsburys £3 a bunch
its exactly the same.
I'm trying to buy all my fruit and veg from the stall now, so much cheaper and just as good if not better.Posted 8 years agogrievoustimMember
get a big sealed tupperware box that will fit in your fridge
buy a salad spinner/ dryer thing
buy a whole lettuce, etc as above – wash and chop the lot – then store in your sealed box
salad kept this way in the fridge will easily keep the week without going off/ brownPosted 8 years agostumpy01Member
I think they seal the bags in a nitrogen environment or something similar.
Keeps it all nice & fresh until you open it and then it goes off really quick.
If you are eating lots of salad, then do as suggested & buy it all fresh, although as you say, stuff likes spinach leaves is very practical in packs.Posted 8 years ago
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