I must admit that when it comes to preparing salads, I am one lazy princess! The mere thought of preparing salad greens and drying them with a salad spinner exhausts me, so I usually resort to buying pre-washed, packaged greens. My pre-packaged lettuces of choice are Olivia’s Organic and Earthbound Farms Organic Spring Mixes.
Since I’m already divulging secrets about my laziness in the kitchen, let me also divulge that I’ve been suffering from a chronic fear of poisoning myself, my family, and friends because I never wash those pre-packaged salad greens prior to serving. After all, the packages do say they are triple-washed, don’t they?
*Note: hand-scrubbing before handling is part of my routine.
If you wash lettuce that is already pre-washed you are more likely to contaminate it with germs and/or bacteria that is already in your kitchen, so it is best not to wash pre-washed lettuce.
What a relief!
This golden tidbit of information came from Dr. Richard Besser who appeared on today’s episode of The Dr. Oz Show to discuss his biggest food and safety concerns. Dr. Besser used to work for the Center For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC), but now he spends his time traveling all over the world to chase down the health stories everyone needs to know about in order to protect themselves and their families.
Other Safety Tips For Buying Pre-Washed Lettuce:
- Buy coldest greens (those furthest back on the shelf)
- Purchase lettuce five days from “sell-by” date
- Remove slimy, damaged or bruised pieces
- Store away from raw meat or chicken
These tips about handling and purchasing pre-washed lettuce are useful bits of information which I always wanted to know. Since Dr. Besser appears to have the qualifications necessary to provide these tips, I feel comfortable giving you this advice…
Be a lazy princess like me and don’t wash your pre-washed lettuce!