Wash your Salad!
At the Farm when we harvest your salad greens we prepare a "farm wash" technique. We wet your salad greens with cool water and then store them in our cooler for 24 hours. The greens are by no means dirty but they have also not been washed. Placing them in our cooler for 24 hours gives them a chance to dry and crisp. This method is called Hydro cooling. Hydro meaning water and cooling meaning we set them in a refrigertor that is 32 degrees. We do bag the greens for you most weeks and once you place the greens in your fridge they should crisp again. But if you want your greens to have more life and crisp please follow the directions below. Using a salad spinner can also increase the life of your greens.
Make sure you place your greens in a plastic bag to hold moisture. The fridge will dry them out instantly!
How to Wash, Dry, and Store Lettuce
So this is how I wash, dry and store my lettuce so that it is fresh and ready for salad whenever I need it! I use this method for all types of lettuce (except iceberg, see the end of this post for information about cleaning and storing iceberg lettuce) and it also works for other types of greens and hearty herbs such as parsley.
1. Fill a sink with cold water, separate all the leaves of lettuce, place them in the water and swirl them around. If the lettuce is a bit limp, let it soak in the water for 30 minutes and it will miraculously come back to life.
2. Drain the water, turn on the faucet, and briefly rinse each piece of lettuce as you remove it from sink and place in the basket of your salad spinner. If you use organic lettuce, just give each piece a quick once-over to check for clinging bugs and dirt. As you put the lettuce in the spinner, you can tear the leaves in half if they are large (such as full-size romaine).
3. When the spinner is full but not tightly packed, spin the lettuce until dry.
4. Spread two paper towels (still connected) on the counter and pile the dry lettuce in the middle. Wrap the paper towels around the lettuce and slide into a gallon-size zippered plastic bag. Squeeze the air out and close the bag.
5. The lettuce can now be stored in the fridge and should stay fresh for at least a couple of weeks. You can take out what you need whenever you want to make a salad or sandwich and then just reseal the bag. The plastic bags can also be reused!