A while back, my friend, Judy, sent me a link to Salad in a Jar. Why didn’t I think of that? Most nights I plan to fix a salad and then it’s almost time to put dinner on the table and I haven’t made the salad; the sink is full of either dirty or clean dishes so I have no place to wash the salad ingredients; or I get the lettuce out and realize it’s been in the fridge too long, so we end up not having salads.
When Judy sent me the link, I couldn’t wait to try it but I had a problem.
Both ends of the hose are supposed to have that little gizmo and during the move, one end was broken. We have two hoses so while at the grocery store Sunday evening, I bought all the makings for a big salad, thinking I would find the second hose. Didn’t happen. I’ve ordered a new hose but it isn’t here yet. The piece on the left fits over wide mouth jars and the piece on the right fits over the regular mouth jars.
While at Wal-Mart yesterday, I found this little gizmo.
This little hand held sealer is designed to work with these bags. It took some work but I did get it to work with the jar lids and actually had better luck with the jar lids than I did with the baggies.
One bag of leaf lettuce, washed and torn, filled 3 quarts and 4 pints of salad. We will share the quarts for dinner and the pints will either go in Vince’s lunch or I will have them for lunch. There has to be a cucumber hiding in my fridge but I surely could not find it so I added sliced radishes, carrots, tomatoes and black olives. (Some of the lettuce looks brown in the jars but it’s actually a reflection of the tomatoes.)
I will monitor the freshness as we progress through the next week. I have no idea if adding the tomatoes, olives, carrots and radishes will cause the lettuce to get soggy or go bad faster but there’s one way to find out — try it!
All we have to do is grab a jar, add whatever we want to add — maybe ham, boiled egg, sprouts, plus a little dressing and we will have a fantastic salad with no effort at all! Pretty smart, huh?
Thanks Judy for sending me the link!