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How to Wash and Store Fresh Greens

Wash greens before you store them for later use. Washing your greens thoroughly before you store them can make salad preparation much easier. After all, unwashed salad greens can taste a bit like a mouthful of sand — and who wants that?

Greens aren’t long-storage items, so consume them within a few days of purchase.

1

Separate the leaves.

2

Soak the leaves briefly in cold water, swishing them around occasionally.

3

Drain the leaves, and then run them under the tap, being careful to rinse the root ends thoroughly.

You might need to rub off some of the more stubborn soil.

4

Dry the leaves thoroughly in a salad spinner.

Towel drying works, but it’s a nuisance.

5

Wrap loosely in damp paper towels, and store in the extra-cold crisper drawer of the refrigerator.

You can place bunches of watercress, arugula, parsley, and other fresh herbs in a full glass of water, stem ends down, like fresh-cut flowers.

 
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