Do you want to make a delicious fresh collard greens dish but don't know how to get started? Sourcing the freshest and best quality collard greens is one important element in creating your desired meal, but you also need to know how to properly clean it before cooking.
Cleaning your collards does not have to be complicated — we'll teach you the essentials of preparing this leafy green vegetable so that it's ready for your tasty recipe.
What Are Collard Greens
Collard greens are a type of leafy green vegetable that are commonly eaten in the southern United States. They are part of the Brassica family, which also includes other greens such as kale and broccoli.
Collard greens have large, dark green leaves with a slightly bitter taste. They are often cooked with bacon, ham hocks, or smoked turkey to add flavor and are a staple side dish in Southern American cuisine. They are also a good source of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as calcium and iron.
How To Clean Collard Greens
To clean collard greens, first remove the thick stems running down the center of each leaf. Then, wash the leaves thoroughly in a large bowl or sink of cold water, agitating them to remove any dirt or debris. Repeat the washing process if necessary. Once the leaves are clean, dry them with a towel or salad spinner before using them in your recipe.
Step by Step
- Rinse the fresh collards in cold water
- Soak them in a bowl of cold water or in the kitchen sink with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar for 30 minutes
- Drain and rinse the greens again until all the water runs clear of any dirt and debris.
Make Collard Greens for Dinner
Now that you know how to clean collard greens, why not try them out with a healthy meal tonight? They are an excellent source of health benefits and can easily be added to your favorite recipes. The best part is that there are so many different ways to prepare collard greens that you will certainly find something to love.
Add some garlic and onions for extra flavor, or roast them in the oven for a crispy treat. The possibilities are endless! Don’t forget about their nutritional value either. Eat more collard greens, and do it the right way by following these simple steps! You will not be disappointed with the delicious results.
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