How to save heaps of money on salad

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Fresh, crisp salad?

Happy July!

Just a quick blog post from me today as there is lots to do on the site, such as a new competition for July, announcing the June winner, new discounts for our summer months and dragging out a dustbin demon for name and shame.

yipee!

So here’s a fun ‘Spot the difference’ quiz to keep you occupied while I’m busy working behind the scenes. (And if you don’t like salad, then you can’t play so there)

Are you ready?

Look at these salad leaves and compare the leaf on the right, to the one on the left.
Which one would you eat and which one would you throw away?
Mr Green with his before and after salad

tick…tick….tick….tick….tick…..

That’s right! The one on the right doesn’t exactly look appetising does it? I think it’s fair to say that even with my ‘todays wilted veg is tomorrows soup’ frugal mind, it’s well and truly past its best and is only fit for the compost heap or some hungry worms.

But hold it right there; there is a story to tell about this salad.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, boys, girls and furry pet rabbits, I bring you shocking news about the salad conspiracy that we’ve all fallen for for years.

Salad can be revived to be perfectly edible and enjoyable in one simple step!

The salad leaf on the right shows our very sad consigned-for-its-fate-in-the-compost-bin salad on Tuesday.
The leaf on the left shows the SAME salad on Thursday!

Did a miracle take place here at Chez Green? Did we tell our salad to pick up its bed and walk? Did we resuscitate it by reading it poetry and singing it songs? Have we, Mr and Mrs Green discovered that elusive secret to eternal youth and life?

Well no, not really. We just poured some cold water over it, let it recuperate in the fridge and within 36 hours, it was lovely, crisp and bursting with flavour again.

When I think back to the amount of salad we’ve thrown away in the past it doesn’t bear thinking about. I even overheard a conversation between two women in the shop yesterday around the salad counter that went along the lines of ‘Oh I never get through it all; I always throw at least half the bag in the bin”

I don’t even know why I thought to try reviving it this week. Let’s call it Divine inspiration because that sounds good……….

So this week, you have a mini challenge, should you choose to accept it. If you have some limp, panting salad gasping for breath in your home, try the cold water shock treatment and see if you can revive it. If you’re successful, send us your pics and we’ll post them up in a sexy salad gallery; or something like that.

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Mr Green says:

    Since the resurection job with the salad, Mrs. Green seems to be suggesting I take more cold showers and cleaning the fridge out. I wonder what she’s thinking!

  2. Have you tried the trick with dry bread too…a few minutes in the oven softens it up in no time ;-D

  3. LOL – I love the picture of the one legged jelly monster that came up against my comment just now…so I’m having a blast and seeing if it comes up again 😉

  4. Ha, ha, ha…now that was either a coincidence or you’ve managed to encapsulate me perfectly. 😉

  5. Mrs Green says:

    Thanks for the bread trick, Mrs A. Bread rarely hangs around long enough to go dry, but he who shall not be named does have a habit of not putting the lid on the bread box properly, so sometimes we end up with the end piece being like croutons.

    So, as you’re on the theme at the moment, how do you revive biscuits that have gone soft? Can you put those back in the oven for a few minutes? We left some out the other day and at the moment it looks like the birds might be feasting on them.

    That avatar is rather striking isn’t it? It was a good hair day for you 😉

  6. Organized says:

    If you keep all your bread and rolls in the freezer you never have to worry about it staying fresh. Defrost or toast as needed. If the bread gets dried out use it to make bread crumbs.

  7. Mrs Green says:

    Thank you organized – it’s great to see a new face here and thanks for sharing your advice. The birds get any crumbs from us and they’re always happy to oblige. We rarely have bread waste as Little Miss Green could happily live off bread, but I agree that freezing bread to use when required saves a LOT of waste for most people 🙂

  8. Alea says:

    Great tip! I have never tried this with lettuce (and would never had thought of it!), but will this winter when I have to go back to buying store bought salad. The great thing about a garden is that I can out and pick exactly what I need!

  9. Mrs Green says:

    Growing your own, certainly reduces waste, doesn’t it? I loved the tip on your site too about perking up radishes by dipping them in water. I’d never thought of that so thanks for sharing your tip!

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