How to store: keep in plastic bag in fridge. Use within a week for best results.
How to use : To clean, here’s Nigel’s mum’s method: first rinse to remove most of the large pieces of mud. Then, fill up a bowl/tub with cold water and salt. Remove leaves from stems and all yellow leaves. Put leaves in water, swish around, and let soak for 5-10 min. Rinse under cold water and blot/spin dry. Use the discarded water to water your houseplants!
Why is our spinach so dirty?
When you wash large amounts of produce in a water bath, any contaminates on one item spread to all of the produce. This is a big problem for bagged-salad packers and the reason why they have to chlorinate the water. It is not just confined to the salad industry; we have all heard about large ground beef recall due to contamination.
We grow our produce in open fields. Naturally, wild birds fly over and poop wherever they like. We do not pick anything that is obviously contaminated, but there is a very slim chance that we can miss some. When you open your bag and carefully wash our salad, arugula, spinach, etc. you can examine it, wash it, and be certain that it is clean.
All produce has a protective bloom on it, a natural protection. When the produce is washed, the protective bloom washes away along with any dirt. The big packers have to put inert gases into their salad bags to help preserve the greens after they wash it. They also wax cucumbers and other items, even organic ones, for the same reason.
We have a customer whose sister works for a large supermarket chain. Her sister read my explanation about why we do not wash our produce and agreed that it is the safest way to get your produce…. NigelPrint This Page