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How to Wash Leafy Greens

Is a bath for your leafy greens really necessary? Well, yes, especially if they're organically grown.


  • Step 1: Pick through your greens Pick through the greens and remove any yellowed, bruised, or wilted leaves.
  • Step 2: Fill the sink Fill your sink or a very large bowl with enough water to completely submerge the greens, about one gallon for every bunch of greens.
  • TIP: To get your greens their cleanest, wash only one reasonably sized bunch at a time.
  • Step 3: Dunk the greens Dunk your greens into the water and gently swirl them around. The dirt will sink to the bottom.
  • Step 4: Drain the water Lift out the greens and place them into a colander. Drain the water.
  • Step 5: Keep washing Fill your bowl or sink and wash the greens again. You may need to do this multiple times if your greens are very dirty.
  • TIP: If your greens have come into contact with pesticides or other unsavory grime, add one teaspoon of vinegar to the water to further de-funk them.
  • Step 6: Dry the greens Once the water remains clear, lift the greens out of bath, shake off the excess water, and dry them on paper towels.
  • TIP: Dry more tender greens, like salad greens, in a salad spinner before serving.
  • Step 7: Cook or store the greens Your greens are now squeaky clean and ready to be cooked or stored, wrapped in damp paper towels, in your vegetable drawer.
  • FACT: "Greenwashing" is a new word for when an organization claims it's eco-friendly to cover up their poor environmental record.

You Will Need

  • A bunch of dirty greens
  • A colander
  • And paper towels
  • A very large bowl
  • White vinegar
  • And a salad spinner

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