Greens Cleaning

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Get in There and Cook: A Master Class for the Starter Chef

Get in There and Cook

By Richard Sax

Published 1997

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You can rinse most greens in a colander under cold running water to remove any grit or dirt; just be sure to separate the leaves for thorough cleaning. For greens that tend to be very sandy, such as farmstand spinach (not the stuff in the plastic bags), whole heads of leafy lettuce, and arugula, first plunge them into a sink or dish pan of warm water; this relaxes the leaves, loosening the dirt for easier rinsing. Then lift the leaves to a colander and rinse under cold water. If the leaves are limp after the warm water treatment, crisp them in several changes of cold water. Dry in a salad spinner or blot, with paper towels and then wrap in paper towels and place in the refrigerator to crisp further.