I don’t know how many times I purchase a bag of pre-made lettuce only to have it languish in my fridge until it is yucky and icky and needing to be tossed in the garbage. Maybe as high as 60%. It is ridiculous. Usually this purchase is made before Shabbos, since my husband likes to have some greeny salad for the third meal, and I don’t always have time to check the much yummier Romaine lettuce for buggies*. Lately, though, I have ended up making tastier, fresher and more nutrient-filled salads of cut veggies. Like cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers. Or babganoush. Or coleslaw. Or anything but that bland iceberg with the shredded cabbage and carrots. So it sits in the vegetable drawer until I take it out, mid-week with the intention of using it as a side for dinner. But by then, it has become distasteful and unusable. And a total waste of my money! Boo!
*A note on the buggies: Keeping kosher isn’t just about keeping the milk and meat separate or avoiding the pork. As stated in Vayikra (Leviticus) 11:41, we also don’t eat buggies. This means that certain vegetables which are prone to have insects hiding out need to be washed and checked for bugs before consumption. This doesn’t include insects which can’t be seen by the naked eye, but if they’re big enough to spot, we can’t eat ’em. For more info, the Star-K Kashrus agency based out of Baltimore, MD, has excellent information on their website. Go here for more info. Also here for some FAQs.