Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Green Washing

No, I'm not going to talk about the marketing ploy of corporations jumping on the "natural" bandwagon trying to make their services or product appear to be environmentally conscious or healthy when, they actually are not (they just want your money).

I'm talkin' bout warshin turnip greens!

Yea buddy, beans, greens, and cornbread for dinner tonight.

So this is something I learned from Martha Stewart.  She rocks.

Say you have your greens, lettuce, spinach, kale, or whatever leafy vegetable you're working with and they're fresh from the garden, or the farmers' market, ok from the grocery store.  They need to be washed.  Now normally I would take vegetables, throw them in a colander and run water over them.  But you know, leaves are crinkly and have hidey spots, they aren't nice and smooth like a tomato.

You fill your sink, or big bowl with water (I've been using a super, awesome flexible bucket that my CSA shares come in) and then you dump your greens (lettuce, spinach, whatever) in the water.  I usually just put enough water to have them floating an inch or two.  Kind of swish and swirl them around and then transfer to a colander and look at all that debris in the water!  All of the dirt and grit comes off the leaves and sinks in the water.

I usually do this 2-3 times.  More than that is just obsessive.

Okie dokie, now your greens are grit free.

This is the debris from the SECOND swishing
 Now chop, toss, cook, juice or what have you, and enjoy!

fresh turnip greens

mmmm, beans, cornbread and greens
Do you have any veggie cleaning tips or tricks?

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