How to rescue leftover salad packs
I’m not a fan of salad packs – those washed bags of rocket and crunchy slightly meh leaves. I definitely don’t like a bowl of rocket. As a dedicated veg box customer these fuckers come my way from time to time. Supermarket salad packs aren’t great either; the bags are gassed for preservation, with nothing to be said for the way that the leaves are farmed, ‘neutralising’ the soil because the ecosystem has been so depleted through the farming methods required to grow acres and acres of these delicate plants – which shouldn’t need fucking neutralising! It’s soil! Aaanyway … the reason your salad pack turns from a bag of scrumptious leaves to green goo as soon as it’s opened is because that gas has now escaped, and those leaves that are quite possibly weeks old are now, you know, too old and they will go off.
The sheer amount of energy that is expended to get these buggers to your supermarket – not to mention the time to take to earn the money to pay for the leaves – means there’s no room to waste your leftover salad pack.
As I said, I’m not a huge fan of the salad pack. So, this is my thought process: okay, I don’t like this ingredient/I’m stuck. I don’t want salad. Why would I want salad? It’s fucking January, why would ANYONE want a salad in January?! I slam the fridge and sulk and imagine inhaling a bowl of warm pasta, even though I’m not terribly hungry and the salad back is begging to turn a little yellow…
So, I calm down, stop the anxious brain from running and look at it again.
These are leaves. Little baby leaves. You know what else is leaves? Spinach. You buy spinach leaves, no? Or bags of frozen spinach?!
So, wash those leaves, pop them in a little pan with a dash of extra water and cook them down for about 5 minutes on a medium heat. They’ll wilt down and – voila! Okay okay okay they don’t taste the same as spinach – give your cooked greens a taste and see what you think. You might want to mix them up with your spinach to, essentially, well, hide the taste. I won’t judge. You can even then freeze the cooked greens, perfect if you need a few days’ grace.
To freeze your cooked greens, simply lie a sheet of baking paper on a baking tray; squish up little handfuls of greens and place on the tray, and when you’ve used all the greens, cover and place in the freezer. Once frozen hard you can pop into a bag and VOILA, frozen greens, ready to heat up and stir through any soup, stew or whatever you like! Leftover salad packs never seemed so versatile!
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