Salad days



Every day we also manage to chuck out around 1.9 million slices of ham, 1.5 million sausages and nearly 1.5 million tomatoes. All great picnic food, so why are we not enjoying it? Here are some tips to make things easier to keep fresh and crunchy:

  • If your salad is tired and wilted, put it in a bowl of water with a couple of ice cubes for at least half an hour. When you spin it, you’ll find that it’s become nice and crispy again.
  • Some lettuce keeps better than others – try “Little Gem and Cos” which can last longer because of their closed leaves
  • To keep lettuce fresh in the fridge, break it into leaves, rinse in cold water, dry in a colander or salad spinner and wrap in kitchen roll, tea towel or newspaper, then keep it in a plastic bag and refrigerate.
  • Keep watercress bunches in a bowl of water.
  • When you come to serve salad, chill the bowl in the fridge and put kitchen paper underneath the salad. This absorbs the water and the salad will be snapping crisp. Remove the paper before you toss the dressing into the salad.
  • To remove insects from salad or vegetables from the garden, fill a sink or bowl with cold water and add a couple of tablespoons of salt. Leave the vegetables or salad leaves to soak in this for about 20 minutes. The insects will sink to the bottom of the bowl and you can then clean the vegetables as normal.
  • Too many tomatoes? To freeze tomatoes, remove their stalks and freeze whole in freezer bags. They can then be used in place of canned tomatoes, in a tomato or Bolognese sauce or chilli con carne. Just put the whole frozen tomatoes into the pan at the point when you would add the canned tomatoes.

For more ideas to liven up your left over’s and helpful hints visit Recycle for Dorset blog.


3 Responses to “Salad days”

  1. Sandy (@1948_BabyBoomer) Says:

    A couple of questions: Do those figures for waste quoted count just households or also shops and supermarket wastage? How on earth can indivual slices of ham, sausages and tomatoes all be counted from waste thrown away by households.

    The figures basically are rubbish unless they are purely figures taken from business wastage which can and is being recorded.

    Stop blaming the people when it’s not “We are chucking away” but businesses over ordering and not selling cheap at the end of the day, but instead would rather throw it in a skip and pour bleach over it to stop the homeless finding it and eating it.

    The advice in the blog post regarding the salad though is worth reading.

    • dorsetrecycling Says:

      Hi Sandy

      Thanks for your comments. These figures come from the Waste Resources Action programme (WRAP) and refer to food waste generated by households, which they calculate makes up nearly half of all food waste and is the biggest single contributor to it:

      Of course, businesses have a big role to play in reducing food waste and the Dorset Waste Partnership alongside other councils in the UK tries to influence government to push for improvements in this.

      This blog is all about what each of us can do in our own homes to help. It may only seem a small bit but it does make a difference.


  2. yenican Says:

    I’m big into recycling now and I loved your post

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