This Time When I Got Clean The Bruises Went Away.

Admit it.  For a split second you probably thought I was going to reveal something about my personal life here.  Maybe I would reveal something about my sordid past.  Something to make me sound more human, more vulnerable (yet with my jaw set looking into the horizon of my future).


Instead, I’m going to show you how to clean delicate greens and herbs without bruising them.  This is a really effective technique for getting your vegetables clean quickly, easily and gently.  I’m using flat leaf parsley as that is what I had on hand, but this technique also works excellently for salad greens, herbs, you name it.

Lowest common denominator, sure.  Effective hook, most definitely.  And I’m still leaving an air of mystery to my personal life (eyebrow raised).

How To Clean Greens

You will need:

-A large bowl or a clean sink basin


-A dishtowel or salad spinner

-A damp paper towel

-A resealable plastic bag or plastic wrap

-Delicate greens

How To:

1. Fill your bowl about three quarters full with cool water.  If you’re cleaning a lot of greens, you can also do this in a sink with the drain closed.  If you have a double sink, plug both drains and fill both basins about three quarters full.



2. Put your greens to be cleaned in the bowl or basin.  If you’re using a double sink, put all your greens in one basin at this point.  Make sure that the greens are completely submerged in water.  Swish them around vigorously using your hands.



3. After a few seconds of vigorous swishing, remove them from the water and shake off your greens lightly.  If you’re using a bowl, pour out the water.  If you’re using a sink, take out your greens, shake them lightly and drain the basin.  If you’re lucky enough to have a double basin sink, transfer the greens to the second basin of water after shaking.  (You can still drain off the first basin though.)

4. Rerinse your greens as in the second step.  Notice this time that your greens have much less dirt and gunk on them than the first rinse?  In some cases, like with radish greens or salad greens fresh from the garden, you may need to wash them multiple times.



5. Once your greens are squeaky clean, dry them off in a salad spinner.  If you don’t have a salad spinner (I don’t!) you can also gather all of your washed greens in a clean dishtowel as shown and shake them off as if you were pounding a hammer.  Please note, if doing the dishtowel method, this is definitely a project better suited to do out a window or outdoors as water gets everywhere.




6. When your greens are dry, you can roll them in a damp paper towel which should then be placed in a resealable plastic bag (or loosely wrapped in plastic) and stored in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.  This will help the greens stay crisp and fresh for a couple of days.  Or you can use them immediately, whichever you choose.


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