How To Wash & Preserve Greens-Plus Our Favorite Way To Eat Them!

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Greens are the one thing that we have growing in our garden pretty much year round.
Kale, chard, lettuce….we’ve got lots of greens folks.
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I pick a bunch every couple of days,
then scramble to do something with them before they go limp.
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It’s a pretty short window, so you want to get them cooled off quickly.

  1.  Fill up your sink with cold water, submerge the greens, & let them soak for about 10 minutes (or 2 hours if you’re like me & forget about them).  
    This step is crucial to keeping them fresh & crisp.
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  2.   Remove the stems, rinsing the leaves as you go along.
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  3.   I use my nifty little salad spinner to dry the leaves,
    but you could just let them drain on a dish towel.
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At this point you can either store them in the fridge, or cook ’em up.
They will stay fresh for over a week if you follow these few simple steps.

When you do decide to use them, this is our favorite way to serve them up.

Sauteed Greens With Garlic & Honey
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 huge bundle of greens- I usually mix kale & chard
  2. 1 tsp coconut oil
  3. 2 garlic cloves-finely chopped
  4. 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  5. 1 tbsp local honey
  6. salt & pepper to taste
  7. 1/4 cup chopped almonds- toasted (optional)
Instructions
  1. Melt oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat
  2. Lightly saute garlic
  3. Pile greens into the skillet- they cook down to nothing, so I add a couple extra handfuls as they cook
  4. Add vinegar, salt & pepper, drizzle with honey, & sprinkle with toasted almonds
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