Yay! Greens have started to reappear in my CSA box. Even with summer coming to an end, I am still eager to eat salad, but what I am really looking forward to is spinach in comfort foods. Soup, casserole, gnocchi, biscuits - all laced with spinach. mmm...
Since my greens come fresh from the farm, they are often not clean. No pre-washed plastic-bagged veggies in this house! Also no plastic salad spinner. Yes, I do wash my lettuce, I assure you. I am sure a little dirt will not kill me, but that does not mean I wish to eat it. I just use a low-tech, low-impact method of drying my greens.
It goes something like this:
Wash your greens.
Place greens on a clean, thin towel.
Fold towel over on greens.
Gather towel corners to create a neat little package.
It is best to do this outside as you will have water flying everywhere. I don't know what I was thinking once when I did this inside. I had a streak of water up the wall, across the ceiling, down the wall behind me, and all along the floor! It eventually dried, but still, do this outside.
Just keep spinning until no more water flies out. I stop once or twice to open up the towel and shift the greens around. That way no water gets trapped between leaves. It is simple, effective, cheap, takes up way less shelf-space in your kitchen, and keeps one more piece of plastic out of your life.