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I core it, wash it, drain it & store it in my very old Tupperware lettuce keeper. And, I also wash off bagged salads....seems to me a lot of outbreaks of illnesses are traced to lettuce & other produce.
For those of you who NEVER wash your lettuce, think this one over. For years we have lived in produce-growing regions of the country and watch the migrant workers that are harvesting vegetable crops URINATE right on the lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes, onions, herbs, etc. Never shows once it dries !! You want to consume THAT rather than take the time to wash it ??? No thank you ! AND, how frequently do you think the PRE-WASHED water gets changed where the vegetables are processed.....I wash that, as well.
You Definitely need to wash Iceburg lettuce.
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Iceberg lettuce...nasty stuff! lol Never buy it. Other varieties are so much better than iceberg in my opinion. Whatever kind you buy, washing is a good idea. Then wrap in tin foil. Lettuce keeps longer in foil than in the plastic bag or just sitting naked in the veggie bin.
Motorhomegal...after reading your post I am tempted to return the red leaf lettuce I just bought this morning.
Naw....just WASH it thoroughly !! Don't you remember the green onion episode three or four years ago ?? Happened not far from us.
It is important to keep in mind lettuce is not the only Carrier of E Coli and foodborne illnesses:
The U.S. FDA came out with guidelines for the safe handling of fresh fruits and vegetables on April 10, 1998 with media coverage, including this summary that the biggest food safety risk for fresh fruits and vegetables as they are grown, picked or processed comes from human and animal waste,.
Lou Carson, the interim director of the Food Safety Initiative launched last autumn by President Clinton, was quoted as saying, "We think just proper controls and proper attention to detail would make a big difference in food safety. It is our belief that these guidelines would not be very costly."
But grower groups disagreed with the FDA's assessment that human and animal *** are the biggest risk of contamination as produce is grown, picked and packaged.
The FDA recommendations are due to be finalized by the FDA later this year for use by U.S. and foreign growers. The matter of encouraging foreign growers to adopt the guidelines remains somewhat tricky but FDA officials say it is vital because of the huge amount of imported produce.
Disinfectants, sanitizers, ionizing treatments and ultraviolet radiation may be useful for some produce.
I use a salad spinner, then I pat it a bit with paper towel, put in a bowl with two layers of paper towel on top, put the lid on and store in the fridge upside down for a hour or so. You will not have soggy lettuce. You can further liven up your lettuce by placing that same bowl you stored it in inside another bowl with ice and bring the ice up around the edges of the bowl a bit. Hope this helps you.
I always remember what my brother, who was a chef in a NYC restaurant, that a good restaurant washes their lettuce in salt water. It brings the bugs and other creepy crawly things to the top of the water. He says you can tell the difference b/c you can taste a little bit of salt. He also washes all his veggies in citric acid, to take off coatings and kill germs.
I think our government is still not doing enough although they adopted those guidelines. For example, did you know that our vegies and fruits are being transported to us on wooden pallets? The other day I read that those wood pallets pose food safety risks. So, yes, you definitely need to iceberg lettuce, there is no doubt about it!
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