Salad in a Jar

One of my favorite things to do is streamline something that isn’t efficient into a smoothly functioning way of life. I made a choice a few months ago, after being inspired by Rachael Ray, to lose a pound a week just by dropping 500 calories from my daily diet. I’m telling you, it worked!  I’ve lost 12 pounds since June.  Okay, I started exercising, too, but I have definitely noticed a difference in the way I think about food.  All I have to do is get to 500.  What’s that, two less cookies?

One of the changes I made over the summer was to eat a salad every day for lunch. Although it is not difficult to make a salad every day, it is time consuming – especially on homeschool days! Then I saw this idea on Pinterest:

Salad in a Jar

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I like to eat baby spinach, which goes bad very quickly!  Now, I just fill enough jars for about a week, seal them, and presto! lunch is ready.  It also keeps cut lettuce (cut with a metal knife) from turning brown on the edges.  Seriously.  I read more details on Salad-in-a-Jar on their website, which is a great source.  I did note that the spinach started to look a little bad if it’s kept for more than a week.  Also, cucumbers don’t work  so well in the jar.  However, carrots, cranberries, etc. work great.

I didn’t have a vacuum sealer, but I decided to take the plunge and get one. It was expensive for my budget, about $70.  I read a lot of reviews, and people said it saved them money over time since they didn’t waste food.  I’m not sure what I think about that yet.  We’ll see.  I got my Foodsaver from Amazon.  This is what it looks like:

The attachment you use to seal the jar was about $7 at Walmart.  This is what it looks like:

It takes literally about 6 seconds to pop the sealing attachment on the jar lid and press “seal”.  I love it!

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  1. Denise says:

    So THAT’s how you did it! 500 calories – what a great idea!! :). You look fabulous! The Salad sealer is a great idea, too, and what a time saver!

    Have a great week, Ginny. I thank God for you!
    Denise

  2. Akhila says:

    That is a awesome idea thank you for sharing

  3. Need A Nap2 says:

    You can also just put salad in the jars without sealing them. The salad will last a few days (probably not a week!). We don’t have a food sealer (though I have thought about it) and hadn’t implemented this idea until I saw another blogger that just put the salad in the jars. We buy a 2 lb bag of pre-shredded romaine lettuce and sometimes it browns very quickly. My husband takes a salad every day for lunch and I eat it quite a bit too. This saves us so much money and frustration!! :)

  4. Kim says:

    My mom taught me to put the prepped lettuce in a plastic bag (I use ziplock type) with a paper towel. It keeps quite a long time this way. She did this when she prepped lettuce for her restaurant.

  5. Julie says:

    Soak your lettuce in vinegar water for 30 min. rinse drain and spin dry. It will keep well into a week. The vinegar kills the bacteria that makes it go bad.

  6. Beth says:

    Hi Ginny,

    Was checking out Pinterest and what did I find – YOU! Good to see you and your family. It is a great website. Have a wonderful Christmas.

    Beth T

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