Does anyone here eat them fairly regularly? And have you ever been sick from them?
I'm trying to lose weight so these are great as they're low-cal and easy, but I kept thinking about all the recalls due to bacteria.
No matter what they say on the bag, you should wash the greens before you eat them.
How long does it take to wash, dry and tear up some lettuce?
You're a lazy blob, OP.
OP, I eat spinach right out of the bag, same for bag salads. I figured if I get sick it will just accelerate the weight loss process, which is the goal anyway. And I could probably sue the company for a nice cash payout if I end up hospitalized.
Bagged cole slaw mix? Yes.
Rinse before using if you value your health.
The markup is hilarious.
Buy your own and spin everything. Since you spend so much on the bags, a salad spinner would pay for itself within a month.
It really doesn't take any more time to rip your own salad.
OT: rinse carrots and tomatoes thoroughly, too. Processed carrots are treated with chemicals.
Gawd this site has become cheap.
Millions of people eat them on a regular basis OP are you serious about this shit OP? Of course it is a possibility you could get sick, guess what, that is true about everything you eat.
Just go through the salad bar line, OP. How hard is that?
I only buy the bagged stuff if I am short on time and have to pick stuff up at my local market, which is a dinky family owned place. The closest real supermarket is about 30 minutes away. The local market's "fresh" produce is never fresh. It usually spoils within a day. I would rather take my chances with the bagged stuff, rinsing it well, than what they call fresh.
To answer your question, yes, they make me sick and I even wash the contents thoroughly. I don't trust them at all and just make sure that I order fresh salad for lunch from trusted restaurants. I'm with you, I don't have the time or the interest in making my own salads, so I just buy a real salad somewhere. I couldn't care what the price was to a certain point, honestly.
They are notoriously loaded with numerous bacteria, as well as Hep A and HPV. My nana's face exploded with genital warts after eating a Mama Touretta's Escarole and Pignoli Salami Surprise salad mix. And she swears she washed it uppa good you bet.
OP, it's not a kit.
No assembly required.
I eat them all the time and they've never made me sick. As for washing them - somebody please tell me how you can wash lettuce and kill any germs on it?
r13, you rinse the leaves in a bowl of Listerine®.
I buy three of those Spring Mix containers at Costco every week. I don't wash and haven't gotten sick since I started doing this two years ago. I'm still fat though.
I eat a ton of the classic greek salads from Trader Joe's....love it...almost everyday at lunch.
Buy a salad spinner, I spray a small amount of bleach on the salad and spin and rinse thoroughly. No I don't taste the bleach, and it doesn't seem to wilt any sooner with this method, and I feel better about eating it.
Kits, no. If you mean the Caesar salad things with croutons and dressing in the bag.
I've bought the pre-washed, pre-torn lettuce mixtures. It's convenient but still tastes like there may be chemical preservatives added to stay fresh. Like a Wendy's salad.
But, yes, if it's on sale and I know I have a super busy week, I've done it.
I am guilty of buying those store prepared salads and salad kits with prepare croutons and dressings, when i am too busy and on the run. Never got sick but really the quality is not that good.
Should just buy fresh veggies and wash and prepare your own bagged salad. Really doesn't take that much time and save yourself some money too. Also i like using pickled fruits and vinegar base dressing. Its acidic so i guess that can help kill off some of the bacteria.
Slightly related, but those Lean Cuisine "Salad Starters" are the stupidest thing I've ever seen. They increase the calories by 500% and add enough sodium to send a horse into cardiac arrest.
Just eat a normal frozen Lean Cuisine meal and get the same amount of health and weight-loss benefits (none) instead of deluding yourself that putting it on top of lettuce makes it magically healthy.
I buy the bagged salads because I'm lazy and I like just being able to just dump them in a bowl and eat them without a lot of chopping and rinsing. Never gotten sick once from eating them.
I'll buy them if they're on sale and will wash if I have time. I do notice a chemical smell, even though it says no preservatives. Could be the chemicals from the plastic leeching into the food.
What I try to do in a perfect world is buy fresh, organic salad ingredients, wash everything thoroughly. Fill up the kitchen sink with cold water, add 1 cup of white vinegar and swish it all around together. Rinse well and spin the lettuce dry. Then I make a huge salad and keep in in a BPA-free salad keeper. It lasts me all week.
I occasionally use them but usually make my own salad. What annoys me is my salad spinner doesn't get stuff dry enough; everything is still pretty wet unless I want to spend about half an hour spinning and shuffling and spinning and shuffling. That's why most of the time i just say screw it and eat unwashed lettuce.
People actually "wash" vegetables in a sink filled with vinegar? That place where you scrape plates and dump expired milk, etc.? Yuck. At least sanitize the sink first.
"No matter what they say on the bag, you should wash the greens before you eat them."
Why does the thread title "Bagged Salad Kits" sound like the name of an episode from the prison series Oz, and the quote above most likely the dialogue right before the 'tossing'?
I buy a tray of live salad leaves. You just tear off as much as you need each day and remember to water it now and then. They usually last about a week and are fresh every time you eat. Just rinse the picked leaves under a running tap and dry whatever way you prefer. Easy, quick, cheap and fresh.
OP, I bought a salad kit in a box today, and ate it straight out of the box in your honor. It was tasty.
Where do you buy them R25?
If R28 is asking about live salad you can get them in most supermarkets in the UK. I don't know about the US, is been a while since I lived there.
Some markets do sell live lettuce. I think the roots are still attached. Or am I confusing them with hydroponic lettuce?
Thanks everyone it's been an interesting thread.
I had a Southwestern salad kit from Fresh and Easy and it was delicious and filling but clearly the lettuce was processed in some way. Or maybe it was old, but the leaves seemed dull. I hope it wasn't bathed in one of the chemical baths someone mentioned.
Ooops, thanks for the reply R29. I was asking for an answer to R26 and not R25.
I eat them all the time and have never gotten sick.
Very interesting concept R26, I am not sure I've seen that.
Im curious about r26's product as well. Maybe someone can find a picture
This is the kind I buy. I answered my own question, this is indeed a hydroponic, living lettuce.
Thanks R36. I like this description: A tray of living, growing baby salad leaves that allows you to cut just what you need when you need it, without any processing. Simply water regularly to maximise freshness. Ready to eat fresh.
Living Salads is a gimmick. They are ready to harvest - and just haven't been yet. Really it's why we have refrigerators - so we don't have to do this.
They don't last significantly longer than harvested lettuce.
Really even if your cooking for one - you must be hardly ever eating salad if you can't make it through one head of lettuce before it goes bad.
I'm sure if you wanted to - you could hydroponically grow lettuce inside. Time the planting so you had a continuous supply.
But lettuce needs a lot of sun - so you would either need a greenhouse. Plus provide the necessary nutrients.
I say you are better off with a trip to the grocery store once or twice a week.
I find them useful if you only want salad for one day,because otherwise half the veggies will go to waste.
I don't use them any more. You can get hepatitis, e.coli, and even HPV from them. That's how I got throat cancer.
I buy the big plastic bin of baby spring lettuce and do not wash it before using it in a salad. I eat a LOT of salads, and have never gotten sick.
I buy them. There is no way I could finish a head of lettuce before it goes bad, so its a much less wasteful way to eat healthy.