Saving Wilting Salad Greens

DSC_0008Growing your own salad greens is easy and rewarding- as long as you keep the rabbits and deer out of the garden and stay on to of the weeding. Lettuce likes it cool so this year’s slow start to summer has been perfect. But the Connecticut July heat arrived and has not given the salad greens in the garden a break for a week. Even with waterings there was much wilting and sadness. I picked a basin full of what looked very sad lettuce and revived it by placing the leaves in a cold water bath. Wether refreshing greens from the garden or from the market this is my technique: submerge the greens in cold water, gently dunk them a few times, let them sit for 10 minutes in the water, dunk, lift out of the water into a colander, rinse out the basin/bowl, repeat 3 times (or until the bottom of the basin/bowl has no soil and the surface has no insects if you are organic) and place the lettuce in a colander to drip dry. If you have a salad spinner use that, I simply shake the colander and place on a plate to drip out.

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