Coring and washing a head of lettuce:

Removed the bruised outer leaves from the head of lettuce. Rap the bottom of the lettuce sharply on the counter to loosen the core.

Pull out the core in one piece. Hold the lettuce core-side up under the cold tap – turn tap on full.

Fill the hole left by the extracted core with water to rinse any soil from the lettuce and force the leaves apart. Separate and dry the leaves.

Bean Sprout Home Production

The technique of turning a dormant seed into a living plant, packed with life-giving nutrients, especially rich in Vitamin C, is quite simple. You don’t have to rush out and buy expensive equipment. A flat-dweller can become a farmer in miniature by growing sprouts in an empty mayonnaise bottle in the grocery cupboard. This is the best vitamin bargain of the century from a cost point of view.

How it is done

Fill a big jar ⅓ full with dried peas, beans or lentils. Cover the mouth of the jar with a clean piece of thin material. Hold the fabric in place with a rubber band.

Hold the jar under a tap and cover the legumes with cold water.

Drain off the water immediately by turning the jar upside-down.

Store the jar with damp seeds in a dark cupboard, near the kitchen sink for convenience. Rinse the seeds once or twice a day.

Use in stews, soups and curries just as they start to germinate, after about 1 ½ to 2 days. Or keep them until they are more mature (4-5 days) for salads and Chinese dishes. If you cannot afford fruit and vegetables, or live in an area where fresh produce is unobtainable, this is the best and cheapest way to supplement a diet lacking in Vitamin C.

How to Deep-Clean a Wooden Salad Bowl

Years of exposure to oily salad dressings can leave wooden salad bowls with a gummy, rancid residue that all the soap and hot water in the world can’t wash off.

In the end, we found that the best way to restore our bowl to good-as-new condition was to completely remove the accumulated layers of oil with sandpaper.

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