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Hometown Foodie – How To Wash Collards

#foodie-all – by Ellen Britt

This afternoon I decided I had better cook the big bunch of collards I had in my fridge before they went bad.

So, I took them out, stripped the leathery green leaves from the stalks and washed the leaves thoroughly in three changes of water.

If you are new to collards, you might get a shock if you just rinse the collards off and then throw them in your cooking pot.

Most of the time, collards are very gritty and if you don’t take the time to wash them thoroughly, you (and your teeth!) will be very sorry the moment you take a bite.

Here’s what I do: I put a stopper in my kitchen sink, then strip the collards off the stems right into the sink. Cover the leaves with cold water then swish them around with my hands. Place the collards in a colander while you let the water out of the sink and rinse it down, as grit from the collards will stick to the sink’s surface.

Then fill up the sink with cold water and repeat the process. Be sure to rinse your colander before placing the collards back in it to avoid contamination with grit.

Then do it once more! This may seem like overkill but trust me, if you have ever spent time cooking a pot of collards only to have to throw the whole batch out because you didn’t wash them well enough, you will thank me.

Once they are washed, you can cook them and enjoy. Let’s eat y’all…!