Saturday, October 27, 2007

To Wash Or Not To Wash: Prewashed salads

For some reason I have always felt compelled to thoroughly wash all my fruits and veggies, including those pre-packaged salads, spinach etc. that claim to be pre-washed. Call me obsessive, call me paranoid, but I just have to do it. Perhaps it's because I have had so many gross experiences in my life with food. I've bitten into a plum and had a worm pop out the other end, right in front of my eyes. The same thing happened with a candy bar, when I still ate chocolate. This big, fat green worm popped up as I bit into a Mr. Goodbar! On another occasion, after having eaten half a box of raisins, I discovered a dead moth and realized (to my horror) why the raisins had been so granular. I've found worms in frozen and canned vegetables, flies in my falafel and hairs in my spaghetti, so you can understand why I am so neurotic when it comes to food inspection and cleanliness both at home and in restaurants.


The following photo confirmed why it is still imperative to wash all those pre-washed salad fixings:





If you look closely below the "Fresco, Lavado" you will see the bulging eyes of a frog. Yummy. The email accompanying the photo assumes that the water the spinach was washed in contained polliwogs, but whether the photo is real or a hoax is undetermined, according to Snopes.com. But there have been other similar cases. Either way, it's probably best to wash everything, unless you want extra protein in your salad!

5 comments:

Pat Jenkins said...

if you have ever washed "greens" before and seen what ends up in the sink sometimes you will do it from here on out. thankfully not a worm though. incog i have somewhat of a personal political question to ask you. if you feel comfortable enough to send me your email please do so as not to have wondering eyes see our conversation. if not i fully understand. pj
rakattakpat@yahoo.com is my address.

Frasypoo said...

Salad greens have the worst stuff in them !!!

Incognito said...

Yeah, but the pre-washed stuff, Pat and Poo, it's supposed to be okay... guess not. :-)

Ursula said...

MAP (Modified atmosphere packaging)means that bags of lettuce are actually reduced oxygen (i.e. about 3% compared to 50%) so this photo is definitely a hoax as the frog couldn't survive in that environment. I agree about washing everything though - they use lot of chlorine and sometimes these bags of 'fresh' salad have been hanging round in the warehouse for a week or so - sometimes a month!

Incognito said...

Hi Ursula, Thanks for your comment. I figured it probably was, but I have found things in tins and packages before.. dead, but still.