How I deal with greens and a plea for more ideas for using them.
I have loads of greens this year and I'm trying to see that none go to waste (which leads to the annual discussion on the merits of pigs, but I digress).
A lot of the greens are pretty gritty especially after a hard rain and I've found an easy way to clean them. I prepare them and put them in the basket of my salad spinner. I rinse them, but they really need a good soak in order to get clean. There is no place for the dirt to go in the salad spinner, so I put three canning rings in the bottom of the bowl and set the basket on top of them. This raises the basket enough that the dirt falls to the bottom of the bowl once it's filled with water . Our salads are a lot less crunchy since I've started doing this!
For those greens that I want to freeze, I follow a procedure that I saw on http://the3foragers.blogspot.com/. I clean the greens and blanch them, then cool them in an ice bath. I line a baking tray with parchment and pencil in what type of greens I'm preparing on the corner of the paper. After everything is cooled down, I get a good scoop of soggy greens and put them in my ricer. Once the water is squeezed out, I turn the little "pucks" out onto the parchment paper. I freeze them overnight and then bag them for long term freezer storage. It's easy to pop one or two pucks in a pot of lentil soup or some scrambled eggs in the winter.
Any ideas for what I can do with all of my clean greens (frozen or fresh)?