I’m probably one of last people on the internet who is trying out the whole “salads in jars” concept. Just call me stubborn. I mean, sure, I always thought they were cute. But what does cute mean? Homemade bath soaps in jars are cute, but that doesn’t mean I’m ever going to get past pinning them (along with 1001 other cute, crafty ideas).
I also thought they were a bit gimmicky and didn’t pay them much mind until I heard people on the Low Carb Zen page sing their praises. Whaaaa? They keep the salad fresher, longer? They allow planning ahead, easy transport (which doesn’t apply to a work-at-home chick like me, but still a plus), and they are super-duper convenient? They make it easier and more fun to eat healthy?
Okay. I’m listening. I decided to give it a go and share what I found out from my experiment.
So I got myself some supplies. Ball Jars, an armload of veggies from the store, and an awesome Salad Spinner.
Actually, salad spinners are another one of those ideas I didn’t quite get. They just seemed silly to me–what, you need a gadget to mix things up? I have utensils. Of course, I learned that’s not what the spinner actually does. It removes moisture–faster, more efficiently and more effectively than just draining. I also discovered the salad spinner was great for drying out the cauliflower and spinach I was using elsewhere in my dinner, but that’s a whole different topic.
I proceeded to make an absolute mess of the kitchen while I assembled six salads in six jars. I ate them spaced out over several days to judge the freshness. And you know what? It works!
Verdict? If you would like longer-lasting, make-ahead salads, the mason jar storage thing is a good idea. For best effect, use a salad spinner, too. I’d like to try this with different kinds of salads as well. It looks like a really handy way to make your food ahead and be ready with good, healthy options. Win!
Have you done the salad-in-a-jar thing? What did you think of it?
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