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How to Refresh Wilted Greens

May 16, 2017

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Do you hate throwing away food because it’s gone bad? I have had problems for years with wilted greens, but this little trick has really helped a lot!

I love to use fresh organic spring greens to make a nice salad from time to time. But one thing that I don’t like going to the refrigerator and finding that my once beautiful spring greens aren’t so lovely anymore. In fact, they’ve gotten pretty wilted.  And I am sorry to say that I have thrown plenty of spring mix away because it’s gotten wilted. Especially since I’m single again. I just don’t eat through a container of greens as quickly as I did when there were two eating it. And throwing it away just isn’t very cost-effective in the long run. Especially when I am buying organic!

But, you can save a lot of wilted greens from the compost bin or garbage can with just a few simple steps!

First, you’ll need just a few things:

  • A large bowl
  • Ice
  • Cold water (filtered preferred)
  • Greens

Fill the bowl with water and add ice. Add the greens and allow them to soak for at least 30 minutes (longer is better, so soaking them overnight would be great!)

The greens will absorb the water and will become far more crispy and usable. If you don’t believe me, here’s a video that shows this tips being done as an experiment.

Once you have let your greens soak and they have gotten refreshed, then drain them well. I love to put my greens in a salad spinner to get rid of as much of the excess water as I possibly can.

Use your greens right away or store them in the refrigerator. They should stay refreshed for 24-48 hours.

You can use those fresh greens for a great salad like this one!