Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Quickly tearing Romaine lettuce for a salad
It used to take me a long time to make a salad. I usually buy Romaine lettuce (a 6-pack is $2.99 at Costco!), and would tear each leaf off as I washed it. Then I dried the leaves on a clean towel before tearing into small pieces for the salad. What a lot of effort!
I've streamlined my Romaine routine, which is a good thing since we've been eating lots of salads every week! Here's how it goes:
1. Tear off any bad leaves or parts of leaves.
2. Wash head under cold water, running water over the outside and in between the leaves (pry open at the top and get the water down in there!).
3. Stand the Romaine head upside down to drain (in the clean sink or on a clean towel).
4. Grab handfuls from the top of the head, tearing off large chunks.
5. Spin dry in a salad spinner. (Optional, but best for longer storage life.)
Tearing the lettuce (rather than cutting with a knife) is gentler on the lettuce and bruises it less, making it keep longer.
Tearing into large chunks (versus tearing into really small pieces) also helps it keep longer, as there is less torn edge exposed.
Spinning in a salad spinner gets the lettuce really dry and, kept in a closed container or bag in the fridge, we've found that the lettuce keeps for 5-7 days, easily. After 5 days, there may be just a little brown/red on the edges of the leaves. I wouldn't serve it to guests like that, but I would eat it myself, as it tastes just fine! :)
I wanted to do a video to show just how quick and easy it is to wash and tear Romaine lettuce for a salad. The only available videographer was Yehoshua (6) and he did a fine job! :)
This video is very realistic... I hadn't done anything to my hair yet today, and the angle Yehoshua uses is a good reminder of why I am filling up on salads and trying to stay away from the cookies and cheesecake! :P :)
The knock on the door at the end was a UPS guy! I guess I can't get more than 2 minutes uninterrupted, can I?! :)
Check out our favorite salad recipes! :)
Read more about my weight loss goals, including a few healthy snack ideas
8 Weight Loss Tips that helped me lose the first 15 pounds
Treating my eating habits like a budget: Only today's calories = available funds
I still have 15 pounds to go... I need to get back on track with going to bed hungry and skip out on the desserts (a huge weakness of mine!) for a while. Sigh. And walk! Outside! :)
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