I’m going to share my top secret lettuce cleaning and drying method with you. It’s easy and it doesn’t require fancy/expensive equipment (a salad spinner). My salad spinner happens to be a cotton dish towel. It does a fantastic job. As a matter of fact, it spins the water out better than a salad spinner, doesn’t cause as much bruising, and it takes up far less space in my kitchen.
Immediately after I harvest lettuce, I dump it into a sink filled with cold water. I gently slosh the lettuce in the water. The tiny bits of dirt drop off and sink to the bottom. I then scoop the lettuce out of the sink and put it in a colander to drain. Next, I lay out a cotton flour sack-type dish towel. I use this type of towel because it is light enough to allow the water to “spin” out. I then put the lettuce on the center of the towel and fold the sides over with a generous overlap. Pretend you are making a giant lettuce & towel burrito. The next step is best implemented outside. Gather up the ends of the towel and whip your homemade salad spinner around and around. It’s fun! Water will fly everywhere, but it won’t matter because you are outside. You remembered to go outside, didn’t you? Oh well. It’s just water.
For the best flavor and freshness, harvest lettuce one hour or less before your meal. After you clean and spin it, gently wrap it in clean, dry dish towel and put it in the refrigerator to rest.
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