Do you do bagged lettuce or head of lettuce? - ProTeacher Community


Home Join Now Search My Favorites
Help


      TEACHERS' LOUNGE ARCHIVE


Do you do bagged lettuce or head of lettuce?

>

 
 
Thread Tools
justdance's Avatar
justdance justdance is offline
 
Joined: Jun 2011
Posts: 763
Senior Member

justdance
 
justdance's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2011
Posts: 763
Senior Member
Do you do bagged lettuce or head of lettuce?
Old 02-20-2012, 02:00 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #1

If I had my way, the farmstand in town would be open all year growing fresh crops for me to purchase, but of course in jersey that is only possible in the spring/summer months...

Recently, ( past couple of years) I'm leary of the store lettuces, bagged especially, due to all the contamination issues.

What do you use and do you have any prep washing/secrets to help the matter?

Guess, I'm a bit of a germaphobe!


justdance is offline  


subczy's Avatar
subczy subczy is offline
 
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 5,981
Senior Member

subczy
 
subczy's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 5,981
Senior Member
I wash it all
Old 02-20-2012, 02:03 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #2

I wash all lettuce I eat no matter how I received it. I chop it up, then wash it in a strainer then lay it out on paper towels and pat it dry and sort of look it over then put it back into water to soak to crisp it.
subczy is offline  
grav_def's Avatar
grav_def grav_def is offline
 
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 6,754
Senior Member

grav_def
 
grav_def's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 6,754
Senior Member

Old 02-20-2012, 02:04 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #3

I feel very guilty about it because it's a waste of money and of resources (the plastic it's wrapped in, the ridiculous processing...), but I buy bagged lettuce. The fact is, I'm lazy and tend not to eat lettuce if I have to prep it myself. I rationalize that it's more cost-effective to spend more money on something I'm actually going to eat, than to "save" money on something that will rot in my produce bin.

I usually don't even wash it. I'm not dead yet.
grav_def is offline  
h0kie's Avatar
h0kie h0kie is online now
 
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 4,359
Senior Member

h0kie
 
h0kie's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 4,359
Senior Member
Lettuce
Old 02-20-2012, 02:09 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #4

I can't do the smell of bagged lettuce (I'm beginning to think I am a "super smeller"), so I do heads of lettuce. Once in a great while, I'll get a bag of the butter lettuce which I can't detect the bagged lettuce smell. I love butter lettuce.

I don't wash it either...not dead yet, either.
h0kie is online now  
Maestra's Avatar
Maestra Maestra is online now
 
Joined: Sep 2005
Posts: 2,863
Senior Member

Maestra
 
Maestra's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2005
Posts: 2,863
Senior Member

Old 02-20-2012, 02:10 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #5

The bagged salad mixes tend to smell funny to me. We buy romaine and head lettuce and wash/rinse as we use it. We are not germophobes by any means. And like grav_def we are not dead yet, either!

Just noticed that h0kie and I must have posted at the same time about the same thing!!



Last edited by Maestra; 02-20-2012 at 02:13 PM.. Reason: added after reading pp
Maestra is online now  
Munchkins's Avatar
Munchkins Munchkins is offline
 
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 7,653
Senior Member

Munchkins
 
Munchkins's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 7,653
Senior Member
neither
Old 02-20-2012, 02:12 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #6

I do the big plastic container of spring greens. I get it either from Costco or Shop Rite. It stays fresh for a week, and I use it for my lunch salad every day. I heard the bagged salad goes bad a lot faster, and I can't stand when it gets that rotten smell. I've had good luck with the greens in the hard plastic container staying fresh- I hardly ever have to throw any away. Oh, I don't wash it either- it says prewashed, and I'm the trusting type.
Munchkins is offline  
GreyhoundGirl's Avatar
GreyhoundGirl GreyhoundGirl is online now
 
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 7,539
Senior Member

GreyhoundGirl
 
GreyhoundGirl's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 7,539
Senior Member

Old 02-20-2012, 02:14 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #7

I HATE lettuce! BUT...I eat it for taco salads. That said, I only buy the red head lettuce-not in the bag. I can't stand that it comes in such large quantities because I end up wasting almost all of it.
GreyhoundGirl is online now  
shelliebean's Avatar
shelliebean shelliebean is offline
 
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 947
Senior Member

shelliebean
 
shelliebean's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 947
Senior Member
Both
Old 02-20-2012, 02:18 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #8

I prefer the head lettuce but time constraints and my degree of laziness frequently prevents me from purchasing it. So most of the time I buy the bagged. I guess I am trusting I don't wash it and have lived to tell about it.
shelliebean is offline  
MathWA's Avatar
MathWA MathWA is offline
 
Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 2,358
Senior Member

MathWA
 
MathWA's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 2,358
Senior Member

Old 02-20-2012, 03:01 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #9

We buy almost all of our Romaine lettuce at Costco. The bags usually have 5 or 6 heads of lettuce in them. I always wash all lettuce even when it comes out of my garden. My garden lettuce is washed to get the slugs out but no worries about pesticides or other contaminants.
MathWA is offline  
Ima Teacher's Avatar
Ima Teacher Ima Teacher is offline
 
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 22,125
Senior Member

Ima Teacher
 
Ima Teacher's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 22,125
Senior Member

Old 02-20-2012, 03:15 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #10

I never buy lettuce, but I buy a lot of salad mixes. Lettuce really bothers my stomach. I generally eat baby spinach or spring mix. I just rinse it and put it in my own container.

We don't really eat much salad anyway.
Ima Teacher is offline  
tammynj's Avatar
tammynj tammynj is offline
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 18,453
Senior Member

tammynj
 
tammynj's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 18,453
Senior Member

Old 02-20-2012, 03:40 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #11

Bagged; don't wash it.

It does go bad fairly quickly, so I try to eat it the first few days of the week (after shopping).
tammynj is offline  
KC14's Avatar
KC14 KC14 is offline
 
Joined: May 2008
Posts: 2,745
Senior Member

KC14
 
KC14's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2008
Posts: 2,745
Senior Member

Old 02-20-2012, 04:02 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #12

Bagged - or actually plastic containers. We bought large bags of lettuce mix from BJ's for years but with no one really home much now, it was going bad before we got halfway through it. About 3 or 4 months ago I started buying the plastic containers of spring mix (actually the one I bought yesterday was called 50/50). Like Munchkins said, it lasts about a week. I know we have a lot there so I make myself eat more salad at dinner. I don't wash it either.
KC14 is offline  
fromkto3's Avatar
fromkto3 fromkto3 is offline
 
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 2,066
Senior Member

fromkto3
 
fromkto3's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 2,066
Senior Member
Lettuce
Old 02-20-2012, 05:48 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #13

We buy heads of romaine. When I'm really good, I pre-wash and chop and put it in a gallon sized ziploc. Sometimes I buy the plastic containers of spring mix.
fromkto3 is offline  
jch's Avatar
jch jch is offline
 
Joined: Aug 2006
Posts: 1,966
Senior Member

jch
 
jch's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2006
Posts: 1,966
Senior Member
Bagged lettuce
Old 02-20-2012, 06:02 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #14

My biggest problem is spoilage. If I don't use it all right after opening it, it's already starting to turn brown the next day.
jch is offline  
Tulips's Avatar
Tulips Tulips is offline
 
Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 5,795
Senior Member

Tulips
 
Tulips's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 5,795
Senior Member
lettuce
Old 02-20-2012, 09:13 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #15

I do both. When I have more time or if I'm making burgers/sandwiches I'll buy the whole head of lettuce, otherwise I buy the precut stuff. EVERYTHING gets rinsed. I can smell the wash on the precut stuff, so I have to wash it off.

Tulips
Tulips is offline  

Join the conversation! Post as a guest or become a member today. New members welcome!

 

 

>
TEACHERS' LOUNGE ARCHIVE
Thread Tools



Sign Up FREE | ProTeacher Help | BusyBoard

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 11:29 AM.


Copyright © 2014 ProTeacher®
For individual use only. Do not copy, reproduce or transmit.
source: www.proteacher.net