Lettuce-eaters poll

Do you rinse lettuce before putting it on a sandwich?

Poll closed Jun 27, 2006.
  1. Yes.

    16 vote(s)
    76.2%
  2. No.

    2 vote(s)
    9.5%
  3. Other

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. I do not put lettuce on sandwiches.

    3 vote(s)
    14.3%
  1. DaveC426913

    DaveC426913 16,225
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    Just pretend I'm from another planet and am learning the basics on Earth.

    If you buy head lettuce from the grocery, do you rinse it before putting it on your bread? What you do with it in other circumstances (such as making a whole salad) is another matter.
     
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2006
  2. jcsd
  3. Yes. (10 Char)
     
  4. I was served a turkey sandwich once with a dead bee stuck to the lettuce.:surprised
     
  5. Moonbear

    Moonbear 12,265
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    Why should it matter if I'm making a sandwich or a salad? The lettuce starts out just as dirty either way. Of course I wash it. Even if it was washed really well coming off the farm, which the dirt gathered down at the base of the leaves tells me doesn't happen, who knows who has touched it putting it out into the produce case or while it's been sitting there?
     
  6. Evo

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    There can always be dirt and insects inside lettuce, you really need to rinse it off before eating it.
     
  7. Definitly rinse. Especially with the people in the produce section of our local grocery store!
     
  8. DaveC426913

    DaveC426913 16,225
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    The difference between a sandwich and a salad is that, for a salad, since you're tossing the whole thing anyway, you might as well rinse it and do all the other prep things. With a sandwich, for one leaf, it's hardly worth it. As for bugs, well, you never use the top layers anyway. The under layers, you can see if there are bugs & such.

    But let's see what the audience says...
     
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2006
  9. Moonbear

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    I usually get Romaine or leaf lettuce, so use all the layers. Besides, it's the under layers where the bugs hang out while it's growing. The outside gets the bird poop. :biggrin:

    When I make salad, usually it's just for me too, so one or two leaves does the job. But, the easiest is to wash the lettuce when I bring it home and then store it in my fridge already washed so I don't have to worry about it every time I use it. Nothing nastier than gritty dirt in a sandwich though. :yuck:
     
  10. I rinse lettuce before eating it ever since I found a dead ladybug in my salad. And no, I didn't eat it. :biggrin:
     
  11. JasonRox

    JasonRox 2,327
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    I always take off two layers off the lettuce head.

    I never rinse. I sometimes rinse fruits.

    Nevermind, I never rinse fruits.
     
  12. turbo

    turbo 7,366
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    If you do not rinse leaf vegetables, you deserve to eat whatever is attached.
     
  13. i think if "dirty" lettuce was any harm we would all be dead by now , i found a worm in my lettuce today and counted myself lucky , i put him in the compost where he will do some good work !
     
  14. Evo

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    I opened a can of Green Giant Niblets corn once and there was half a large caterpillar inside. Although I am sure it would have done me no harm to eat it, I dumped the whole thing in the trash and lost my appetite.

    I also opened a can of Chicken of the Sea tuna, and there was a secton of "fur" in it. I don't know which species of tuna has fur, so again, I dumped it in the trash, but this time I vomited.

    I bought a 2 liter bottle of Dr Pepper and there was a daddy long legs bottled in it.

    I picked up a jar of Kraft Grapefruit sections and there was a sneaker keychain bottled inside.

    I won't even go into choking on plastic bags inside Mexican food at restaurants. Nothing like taking a forkful of beans then pulling a long strip of plastic out of your throat.
     
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2006
  15. Gokul43201

    Gokul43201 11,141
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    I rinse. But I do it by myself - I've never invited over the people from the produce section of illwerral's grocery store.
     
  16. Math Is Hard

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    My mom rinses her lettuce by filling a bowl of lettuce with water and a teaspoon of salt. She says the salt helps with getting any bugs off, but I don't know if there's any truth to that. Afterwards, she stores the rinsed lettuce in the fridge in a bowl with a wet paper towel on top.
    It's always good - I can vouch for that!

    I would have expected feathers. Chicken of the Sea, y'know..
     
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2006
  17. dav2008

    dav2008 624
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    A teaspoon of salt doesn't seem to be a high enough concentration to do any damage. A teaspoon of chlorine on the other hand might be.


    As far as the claim that it won't kill you that's true. The pesticides and other chemicals on fruits or tiny bits of dirt in your lettuce won't kill you, but they're not exactly beneficial. Swallowing a little pesticide here, some sodium benzoate there and over time it makes you sick. As far as the dirt on lettuce that would be a great environment for bacteria to grow in. Again, eating the amount that's found on a typical head of lettuce probably won't do much but you're better off washing it off anyway.
     
  18. fuzzyfelt

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    When I was young, a family friend found a possible link between unwashed lettuce and meningitis - its deeply ingrained in me that lettuce must be washed thoroughly.
     
  19. Moonbear

    Moonbear 12,265
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    Just plunging it into a bowl of water should do that. Just leave it in long enough so the bugs have time to float up and out. The teaspoon of salt is probably more beneficial to the lettuce (keep it from absorbing water) than it is for killing bugs.
     
  20. fuzzyfelt

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    :rofl: :rofl:
     
  21. Monique

    Monique 4,700
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    There could be bacteria on the lettuce, so wash it.

    There was this medical detective documentary one time, where there was an outbreak of a food-born bacterium. When cross-checking all cases they found that all had in common that they visited a restaurant in recent days.

    They found the source of contamination in parsley, which was produced in a country outside of the US that washed the parsley with water that was contaminated with bacteria.


    I once found a head from a grasshopper in between my lentils and bugs like to sit in vegetables, so I definately wash everything.
     
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2006
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