Friday, September 07, 2012
Salads in Jars
Salads in jars! Why is everyone doing it? Because they're freaking awesome, that's why! My first attempts are pretty boring but still great. I made these on Wednesday and ate one the following day. The lettuce was so crispy, as were the mushrooms and golden cherry tomatoes. I added ham, cheese, and Greek Feta dressing. Yum! They're supposed to last at least a week. I made 3 all together and the other two still look great as do the strawberries I jarred on Monday. Oh, I vacuum seal them as well. I have a FoodSaver machine ($$) but I also bought a little hand-held model for $20 at WalMart that works very well. If you want to keep the jar lids intact, you'll need to get a wide mouth jar vacuum attachment. If not, you can puncture a hole in the lid with a thumb tack, lightly cover with a square of electrical tape, then place the hand-held vacuum sealer over the tape and seal. Listen for the change in sound and you might even hear a slight "pop" as the lid is sealed.