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Are Pre-Washed Salad Greens Really Pre-Washed?

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See this newer post for the answer to this question & more info on how greens are produced.

Before having kids, I used to pride myself on my ability to wash, dry and chop my own lettuce. “What’s so hard about buying a head of lettuce?,” I would think to my (judgmental) self.

Now I totally get it.

When you have zero time to spare, or when little hands are pulling at your pants the whole time you make dinner, pre-washed baby greens are a godsend. These days, buying pre-washed salad greens is often the thing that allows me to put together a salad or pizza on hectic nights, instead of ordering in or buying prepared food. This makes packaged greens totally worth it to me, since eating more salad and more meals at home are good for both family health and budget.

I always wonder though, are “pre-washed” lettuces really pre-washed? Like washed in the way that I would wash them at home?

I’ve been told the answer is yes, but a few days from now I’ll be able to tell you for sure.

Later this week, I’ll be flying up to Carmel Valley to visit Earthbound Farm, the country’s largest grower of organic produce. Earthbound was the first company to offer pre-washed, packaged salad, and also the first to introduce mixed baby greens (aka “spring mix”) into grocery stores and restaurants.

Earthbound is now in 75% percent of U.S. grocery stores and grows everything from raspberries to baby kale. But they remain committed to their organic roots, as well as to food safety, cleanliness and the environment.

I’ve heard that their pre-washed greens are as clean – or cleaner – than you could ever imagine. After visiting their farmland and processing facilities a few days from now, I’ll give you my first-hand take on this! Read here what I learned.

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This post is brought to you by Earthbound Farm. Beginning in October, I’ll be partnering with Earthbound to bring you some great posts about organics, reducing waste and eating more produce. Can’t wait!


  • kath
    October 1, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Love pre washed greens, especially Earthbound’s zen blend. Fun you are visiting!

  • Lindsay
    October 1, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    I hope you have good things to report so I can keep eating my greens! I don’t have time to wash amd prepare.! Looking forward to hearing how it goes. Have a great trip.

  • Chelsea @ TableForOne
    October 2, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I can’t wait to hear what you find out. I have always wondered this as well!

  • Amelia
    October 4, 2013 at 7:48 am

    So far, so good! Everything has been IMMACULATE. I don’t think we could even wash our greens this well at home!!

  • Amelia
    October 4, 2013 at 7:49 am

    I’ll post about this next week, but a teaser: the Earthbound greens are incredibly pristine!

  • Megan (The Lyons' Share)
    October 6, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I can’t wait to hear the answer to this! I hope it’s yes, because I admit I almost never re-wash my greens if they say pre-washed!

  • Patrick Ross
    October 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I wonder if I can find reliable pre-washed greens here in Europe, I live in Belgium. Thanks for sharing this with us, I am looking forward to hearing the results of your experiment. Safe travels!

  • Amelia
    October 12, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Thanks, Patrick! Here’s a little more info now that I’m back from the trip:

  • Michele Kornbluth
    May 27, 2016 at 10:36 am

    the link to see what you found out is for a recipe– I am very curious what you learned. Any way to repost? Thanks!

  • Amelia Winslow
    May 28, 2016 at 9:32 am

    I’ll try to rectify this, Michele!

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