Greens, greens and more greens! Shana has been hearing people talk about needing to use greens quickly before they go bad. Here are some tips that she has learned over the last 9 CSA years:
1. Make sure to put your greens in a bag in the fridge, not directly in the fridge or they will wilt. I love Debbie’s Green Bags – I reuse them many times over, they protect the greens and supposedly keep nutrients in! Here’s a link to order on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I4V1U06/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_c_api_AsDszbVS0ZY68
2. Wash, trim and store salad greens right away. I’ve found that washing and trimming salad greens on the day I get my share helps them stay longer. I put them in a large bag and make sure not to give them lots of space and not squish the greens. This makes my greens last for a week or more (depending on the green).
3. Every couple of days make sure to take your produce out, turn the bag inside out and shake out any condensation that has accumulated and put the veggies back in.
Staying on the topic of having too many greens, last week Bob decided to use some of his unused spinach in this Spinach Salad with Pancetta and Fried Eggs. It was fantastic! The crispy pancetta was a great texture contrast to the spinach that had slightly wilted from the heat of the fried eggs. The runny yolk combined with the simple vinaigrette to make a rich sauce that was perfect for mopping up with some bread. Frying eggs in oil like that was something new for Bob and lead to a nice puffy white which was studded with scallions that had first fried in the oil – that alone could become a staple weekend breakfast. The salad serves as a vehicle to use up some of your CSA herbs (dill in this case, but just about any would work) and you could even sub out the scallions for some finely chopped garlic scapes.
We hope today’s tips are helpful and not too obvious! Happy storing and eating!
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