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Do you wash the pre-washed bagged/boxed salads from the grocery stores?

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Poll: Do you wash pre-washed salads?

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Yes
 
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No
 
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I don't eat salads
 
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Poll ended at Aug 13th, 2015 11:46 am

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Mar 14, 2005
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Do you wash the pre-washed bagged/boxed salads from the grocery stores?

My sibling doesn't wash the pre-washed salad greens bought from the grocery store. The sibling is still alive, so I started to do the same thing. Some brands say they are "triple washed", which seems consoling. What do you do?
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Becks wrote: My sibling doesn't wash the pre-washed salad greens bought from the grocery store. The sibling is still alive, so I started to do the same thing. Some brands say they are "triple washed", which seems consoling. What do you do?
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nuff said?
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Sep 5, 2009
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I don't, but I rarely buy the stuff anymore. Over the past few months I have found it wilty and not worth the price.
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Niagara Falls
You very likely should, I'm just too lazy to do so.
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Feb 7, 2007
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Triple-washed just sounds so thorough...but if it were, why do they need to wash it 3 times!?! haha. I wonder what this consists of? Salad spinner with water, drained and rinsed 3x?

But to answer; I rarely wash them a 4th time...
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Mar 7, 2010
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Mississauga
i occasionally eat them and if it say washed, i don't wash it again but will finish the box within 2 days
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Aug 22, 2006
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Isn't that the point of buying a convenience product?
Not that I understand the point of buying it anyway... just buy the ingredients and take a knife to it.
Plus you know it's been washed and picked through if you do it.
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I never did until one day my mom came over for dinner and she took the pre-washed packaged spinach and washed it again. I couldn't believe the amount of grit and dirt that was in the water. So yeah, I stopped buying pre-washed greens after that. Not going to pay more to still have to wash them myself.
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I don't recommend it for the simple reason you better salad spin the hell out of it, or go to town with a paper towl blotting up all the excess water. Plus, you need to instantly dress it as soon as you dry it. If you don't dry it enough, salad is ruined because the water prevents the oil based dressing from sticking properly. If you wash it, dry it, and don't use it right away, it gets tough as sandpaper.

It's a lose lose situation really unless you're willing to eat it directly from the bag
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