• 14Sep

    Best Way To Keep Greens Fresh? The Bath Towel Method


    2010-09-13-SaladGreens1.jpgSome friends of ours are salad eaters of the sort we can only aspire to be. Every week, they prepare their own mixes of arugula, red oak leaf, boston bibb, romaine, and even chard – a massive production taking up all their kitchen counters. When it comes to keeping those greens fresh, they’ve developed an unusual technique.

    2010-09-13-SaladGreens2.jpgAfter methodically trying everything from vented plastic containers to layers of paper towels, our friends finally landed on a method that uses large bath towels. Of all things.

    They prepare their greens by cutting them into bite-sized pieces, washing them en masse, and shaking off the excess water in a salad spinner. Then they spread the greens out on clean bath towels to air dry for a few hours.

    2010-09-13-SaladGreens3.jpgWhen they’re ready to store the greens (or they need their counters back), our friends simply roll the towels up with the greens inside. The rolls are secured with rubber bands and stored in the bottom shelf of their fridge. Each night, they unroll just enough greens for their salads the next day and then bundle them up again.

    The absorbent towels do a great job of keeping the greens moist but not damp so they stay fresh and crispy all week long. Our friends have been following this method for years now and swear by its effectiveness. Since they’ve also been eating salads every day for years, we trust their opinion!

    What’s your preferred way to store salad greens?

    Related: 5 Tips for Making a Week’s Worth of Salads on Sunday

    (Images: Emma Christensen)

  • 02Sep


    Fresh Fennel and Lemon Slaw

    A big bowl of coleslaw is practically a requirement for any summer cookout. And really, there’s no better accompaniment to a juicy burger or a hot skewer of roasted veggies than a scoop of cool, crunchy slaw. If your only idea of coleslaw is the gloppy, mayonnaise-heavy cabbage salad of our youth, take a look at these recipes!

    To our mind, a slaw is all about texture: the uniformly shredded ingredients, the contrast of raw veggies with creamy dressing, the way everything comes together to crunch and pop in every bite. We love cabbage slaws, but we also really love experimenting with other raw summer vegetables. Everything is so fresh and tasty this time of year, it’s hard to go wrong!

    • 1. Fresh Fennel and Lemon Slaw
    • 2. Kohlrabi Slaw
    • 3. Miso Slaw
    • 4. Broccoli Slaw
    • 5. Peanut Slaw

    • 6. Mexican Sprout Slaw
    • 7. Kale Slaw with Peanut Dressing
    • 8. Cabbage Beet Coleslaw

    More Ideas for Summer Slaws
    • Roundup of Carrot Slaws
    • Roundup of Radish Slaws
    • Hellman’s verses Homemade Mayonnaise
    • Seasonal Spotlight: Napa Cabbage
    • Learning to Love Green Cabbage: How


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