• 15Jun


    Hot Tip: Recycle Water From Washing Salad Greens
    via Re-Nest by Cambria Bold on 6/15/11

  • 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)

  • 22Aug

    DIY Dish-Washing Liquids and Powders


    The Guardian has finally updated their Homemade Homemaker column for September. This month’s recipe is for dish washing liquid and general cleaning supplies. There is also a list of interesting stain removal techniques.

    Dishwashing liquid
    To see this on youtube, go to:

    3 tbsp liquid Castile soap
    2 cups warm water
    2 tsp glycerine
    2 tbsp. white vinegar
    10 drops lavender essential oil

    Mix all ingredients in a jar, cover, and shake well to blend. Use about 1 tbsp for dishwashing.

    Dishwasher powder

    If you’re after a dishwasher powder to go in your machine rather than a washing up liquid for the sink, your best bet is to mix together equal parts washing soda and household borax. Both of these should be available in your local supermarket or chemist but if you do have trouble finding them, you can buy them both direct by mail order from the manufacturer Dri-Pak, who also stock a range of other traditional ingredients like bicarb and laundry starch. In place of petrochemical-based rinse aid products, you can put white vinegar in the rinse compartment, which will do the job just as well.

    Me again. Since I use the dishwasher, I think I will try the Borax recipe for it. Maybe less expensive than Electrasol. Does anyone know if Borax is safe for septic tanks? I’ve never used it before. – M

    Anyway, Have fun. :-)

  • 03Jul

    Quick Tip: How to Wash a Big Load of Greens
    via The Kitchn

    by Emma Christensen on 7/2/10


    Want a quick and easy way to wash all the chard

    , kale

    , and salad greens you’ll be picking up at the farmer’s market in the next few months? Look no further than your kitchen sink.

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  • 07Jun


    Did you know that Ann Wigmore says, if you put rejuvelac in your smoothies, and wash your fruits and veges with it, it removes ALL traces of bacteria!!!!
    And she says to put a piece of wheatgrass in your drinking water, and your water you wash everything with!

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