How to wash greens properly to avoid sand

Maria Tsikhotska

How to wash greens properly to avoid sand
Greens must be washed properly

Lettuce is a tasty and healthy green that is often used in salads, soups, vegetable stews, and other dishes. However, for lettuce to be not only tasty but also safe to eat, it must be washed properly.

The main problem with washing lettuce is that it grows on the ground, and its leaves can contain sand as well as parasites. For example, you can get a nematode from unwashed lettuce. Prosto way writes about this.

To wash lettuce properly and get rid of sand and parasites, you need to do the following:

  1. Cut the head of lettuce into pieces. This will help to clean the leaves from the sand better.
  2. Pour cold water over the lettuce and leave it for 15 minutes. This will allow the sand to settle to the bottom of the bowl.
  3. Rinse the lettuce under running water.
  4. Repeat the procedure.

This method allows you to clean the salad from sand and parasites effectively.

Here are some more tips to help you wash lettuce properly:

  • Use cold water. Hot water can damage lettuce leaves and make them less tasty.
  • Do not wash the salad for too long. Prolonged exposure to water can lead to loss of vitamins and minerals.
  • If you are not sure that the lettuce is clean, you can soak it in a vinegar or salt solution. To do this, dilute 1 tablespoon of vinegar or salt in 1 liter of water. Pour the solution over the salad and leave for 15 minutes, then rinse under running water.

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