Spinach is one of our favorite plants. I think it’s mostly Little Man that loves to eat it raw, but Sweetie Pie and Boss like it when I put it in things like chili and meatloaf. What I always had the hardest time with was how blasted long it took to go through and wash them all! They are tiny and there is a TON of it, so even when I dumped it all in my sink at once, it still took awhile to take it all out and lay it on a towel to dry. Then I had to time it perfectly so I got it into a bag in the fridge at exactly the right moment so it wasn’t wilted. Sound familiar? Well waste time no more! I have a solution for washing all your greens in record time!!
It’s so easy that I send Little Man and Sweetie Pie out to do it all by themselves.
All you need are a few dollar store baskets. Mine came in packs of 2 for $1 which is perfect cuz you need 2 for the fun shaking part (kid job!) and a wash tub (mine was $2) or you could use a storage tote since you probably already have one.
- Take the baskets straight out to the garden and pick your greens directly into them. Fill them about 2/3 full. If it’s overflowing then it gets really hard to wash them well.
- Put your wash tub on the ground and fill it 3/4 with cold water.
- Set your basket in and swish everything around real well. Use your hands to push the greens under the water.
- Lift the basket out and let the water drain through the holes.
- Take your other basket, flip it over, and put it on top.
- Hold the handle parts together, turn it so the holes are on the bottom, and shake shake shake! Your kids will beg you for this job. Turn some music on and you will have them cleaning spinach all day long without one word of complaint!
- You can repeat the washing process if you think you need to. Then shake it till it’s dry enough to go in a bag in the fridge or freezer. Dump your dirty water on something else in your garden that needs it.
That’s it! No getting water all over your kitchen. No picking out a million pieces of spinach from your sink. No waiting for it to dry before you can bag it. Just clean greens, ready to be eaten or frozen.
Man that feels like too short of a post to publish, but I don’t have any more instructions so I have no choice! Try it out and let me know how it goes for you. I tell you what, I will never go back to washing greens in my sink again! Now I am gonna go enjoy my delicious fresh salad with all this extra time I have.
How do you wash your greens?