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12-11-2008, 10:49 PM
what is the best way to keep them fresh?
I buy organic and they last maybe 2 days
I am a stock up once a week to the store kinda gal....
How do you keep them from going bad so fast. Im throwing way too much veggies/money into my composter.
I bought some curly kale, washed it, cut it in half lengthwise and packed it all into a large Rubbermaid container. I was surprised that it lasted for a good week that way. Kale's pretty hardy though. *Ü*
12-12-2008, 03:33 AM
When I bring the greens home I let them dry on the counter on a paper towel or towel for a couple hours then I put them in a green bag (http://www.greenbags.com/) , with a twistie tie to keep the air out of the bag, and/or I use a glass vacuum seal container. All produce lasts at least a week this way for me.
The glass vacuum seal containers that I have have been discontinued (You can only get them from the UK) otherwise I would have a link here for you. I have not tried any of the latest vacuum sealed containers..
Hope this helps. :)
12-12-2008, 03:42 AM
My Greens last for a couple of weeks, washed in a Grocery Bag when I have lots, in the Crisper Drawer. During that time I just take out what I need. I also prepare Greens and Freeze them.
12-12-2008, 05:59 AM
freezing greens? for smoothies? interesting!
12-12-2008, 07:45 AM
Oh yeah! I've been doing that for a couple years now. I get insane amounts of greens - cheap, blend them, then freeze the blended greens in canning/freezing jars. Then I thaw (upside down on the metal ring; cuz I had one bust on me), then I have greens for my smoothies. Why not?
big foot marty
12-12-2008, 09:52 AM
I make smoothies daily and just got a new Toy for that purpose(Blendtec outboard motor ;) blender)
Love the idea of frozen greens ready to add to.
Like the old days of cooking caseroles on sunday for the week.
Blend 6-8 pounds of kale. spinach, parsley etc and freeze in serving size containers.
Have also used some green bags for storing.
12-12-2008, 12:06 PM
First, i think Ill try the method of making up a bunch and freezing.
That will make smoothie making fast and easy
I have the Blendtec as well - it is amazing
12-12-2008, 02:03 PM
I put a paper towel in the plastic bag with the greens. That helps absorb the moisture and it keeps them fresh longer.
do you have any CSAs near you? I get a produce box delivered from a local farm every week so everything is much fresher than at the grocery store.
12-12-2008, 03:25 PM
I also use the green bags (I make sure produce is as dry as possible put it in, get as much air out as possible and then twist up the bag)
I never thought of blending my greens and freezing them - using them instead of ice cubes - what a wonderful idea!
12-12-2008, 09:54 PM
Found the containers I use, they are excellent!
12-13-2008, 06:34 AM
I put mine in a large PAPER grocery bag and they last forever!
12-16-2008, 07:50 PM
ziploc bag with (unbleached) paper towels - layer the paper towels so all the greens stay dry. will keep them alive much much longer!
12-16-2008, 07:52 PM
When I buy greens in square plastic containers, I save the containers and recycle them to keep unpackaged greens in. They work the best, and are free. I got this idea from EachPeachPearPlum, try searching for her thread on it.
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