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Bagged Salad Recall - Do you use it?
Haylen_WebMD_Staff posted:
When I first saw bagged salad I thought "How lazy can people be?!?" But, now that I'm a working mom with 2 kids, I buy them exclusively unless we're having a "fancy" meal. And for sure bagged spinach.

So beware bagged salad eaters!

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sarah0323 responded:
I use bagged salads. I buy mine from Sam's. We eat at least 2 bags a week. I also buy bagged spinach. It is just so much easier.
Me 33, DD - O 13, DS1 -J 8, DS2 - Cr 6, DS3 - Co 5, DD2 - E (11/10)
iocasta responded:
I fail to understand why anyone would use them even as a working mom. It isn't all that hard or time consuming to pull your own salad together. It is a lot healthier. It seems like every other week they are being recalled. No thanks.
mrswhitecastle responded:
I used to buy it. I would buy the bags that included extra veggies or have the whole salad kit in them.

They are being recalled too often, though, for me to buy them anymore. Plus, they always started to go bad if we didn't finish eating them within a day or so.

I make my own now, and it does take longer. But, they are cheaper, last longer, and taste better.
Emily (7) Elizabeth (5)
Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to mrswhitecastle's response:
I'll buy the bagged salad because my kids like the extras that come with it and I'm probably not cut up all of the veggies that are in there. (radishes, snap peas, etc.)

I do draw the line at pre-cut apples - too easy to do and those seem to have a strange taste.

cinder44 responded:
I have bought these in the past but agree with MrsWC, they seem to go bad really fast. It is just easier to rip up my own.
Me, DH, DD(4), DS(4)
baby1at35 replied to cinder44's response:
I used to buy them but too many recalls so I make my own now.
I am the only salad eater in the house unfortunately
Me (42) 2 busy boys 6 yrs and 5 yrs
VicsEandJ responded:
I buy bagged salads all the time. Anything that saves time is a plus in my book- why would anyone ridicule that. It's not as if you can add hours to the day, so you ahve to prioritze somewhere. I would think it's musch better to serve a fresh salad from a bag than canned vegetables if you are really trying to serve healthy food, but even canned vegetables are better than none at all.

It is so much simpler to open a bag of already washed salad greens than to have to wash and chop them- plus if they are organic, they are often so ridiulously sandy that I find them annoying- who wants to eat grit ( and yes, I know how to clean them and I also have a salad spinner)

I like buying bags of Romaine hearts and spinach the most- I use them as the base of many a tasty salad I make- I even have DH asking me to make salads- and he rarely used toeat them. Since we normally buy them to use as part of a dinner salad, there are realry any leftovers, but it sure woudl be nice if they could figure out a way to make the bags repel the moisture that makes them go bad once they are opened. If I don't finish a bg, I tkae the contens out, wrap them in bpaper towels and stick the whole thing back inthe bag- it gives them a little extra shelf life.

Like most recalls now, I think they are a product of the common neurosis affecting this country. The big spinach recall a few years ago that freaked everyone out and started the constant recalls turned out not to be from the spinach. I listen to the recalls to make sure that the supermarket isn't errant in leaving a recalled product on the shelf ( not every recall is wrong) but I'm not giving them up.
Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to VicsEandJ's response:
I just got back from the store and got another thing that I never buy "whole" - mango!

Every time I try to buy a whole one, it goes bad or isn't ripe enough.

Vics, thanks for the tip about wrapping the bag salad - makes sense! Why didn't I think of that?


p.s. Speaking of veggies, this just went up on the WebMD Facebook page and looks so yummy I might have to make it this weekend:
VicsEandJ responded:
What good is a recall issued on 7/2/12 that is for a perishable product with a use by date of 6/26???
VicsEandJ replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
It is likely that you did more fun things in your pre-kid days than watch Martha Stewart-whom I love! LOL!!

We only buy mangos whole if we are hacking them into the food processor and/or blender for frozen drinks. I clearly missed the Martha Stewart episode on how to properly cut them because I seem to always make a mess of it- and DS loves mango!
Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to VicsEandJ's response:
Martha who?? LOL....

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