How To Wash & Preserve Greens-Plus Our Favorite Way To Eat Them!

Greens are the one thing that we have growing in our garden pretty much year round.
Kale, chard, lettuce….we’ve got lots of greens folks.

I pick a bunch every couple of days,
then scramble to do something with them before they go limp.

It’s a pretty short window, so you want to get them cooled off quickly.

  1.  Fill up your sink with cold water, submerge the greens, & let them soak for about 10 minutes (or 2 hours if you’re like me & forget about them).  
    This step is crucial to keeping them fresh & crisp.
  2.   Remove the stems, rinsing the leaves as you go along.
  3.   I use my nifty little salad spinner to dry the leaves,
    but you could just let them drain on a dish towel.

At this point you can either store them in the fridge, or cook ’em up.
They will stay fresh for over a week if you follow these few simple steps.

When you do decide to use them, this is our favorite way to serve them up.

Sauteed Greens With Garlic & Honey
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 1 huge bundle of greens- I usually mix kale & chard
  2. 1 tsp coconut oil
  3. 2 garlic cloves-finely chopped
  4. 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  5. 1 tbsp local honey
  6. salt & pepper to taste
  7. 1/4 cup chopped almonds- toasted (optional)
  1. Melt oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat
  2. Lightly saute garlic
  3. Pile greens into the skillet- they cook down to nothing, so I add a couple extra handfuls as they cook
  4. Add vinegar, salt & pepper, drizzle with honey, & sprinkle with toasted almonds
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