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chanty77 is asking: (4 answers)
Two things. I bought Dole Coleslaw & am using it to make an Asian Coleslaw recipe. I've always thoroughly rinsed it out of the bag, but then I have to blot it with paper towell cuz it takes forever to "dry". The bag the coleslaw comes in says "Thoroughly Washed". Would anyone STILL rinse/wash it or am I being slightly paranoid? Don't want to give my TG guests food poisoning. Other question, I bake a lot & never had this happen before (in this extent) of bagged gran. sugar. The brand is C&W, and opened the bag to pour into my container. There were huge chunks of sugar that I had to break apart. Is this normal? Thanks everyone!!!!!!!!!!

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Last updated: Nov. 19, 2012 3:59 pm
Posted: Nov. 19, 2012 8:32 am
Answered by: manella
Nov. 19, 2012 8:41 am
Hi If you have a lettuce spinner that would work or you could do what they did *in the olden days* tie it in a tea towel and put it in the washer on the spin cycle.I'm not kidding it's true.As for the sugar depends where you live i live in Nova Scotia so the humidity is high,and my sugar gets like that.The salt also,i put rice in my salt shaker so it doesn't clump.Hope this helps.
PAMELA D. aPROpos of nothing
Nov. 19, 2012 8:44 am
Coleslaw is the only bagged salad that I don't wash. Not sure why that is but never though about washing it. All other pre-washed bags get swished, soaked, and spun.
Nov. 19, 2012 8:48 am
I think washing coleslaw (even in our salad spinner with all the little holes in the spinner) it sticks & is hard to get it off. I dunno, I'm thinking all the years of having "Wash bagged salads anyway" has been branded in my head.
Nov. 19, 2012 12:33 pm
Me too Pamela!
Nov. 19, 2012 3:59 pm
Missed the sugar question. As long as the outside of the bag looked ok, it should be fine. I threw one out that obviously had something leak onto it and the bag was all discolored.
Answered by: manella
Nov. 19, 2012 8:42 am
Another thought on the sugar keep it in a plastic container like tupperware,that might help a bit.
Nov. 19, 2012 8:42 am
I like the sugar bears they keep your sugar from lumping up.
Nov. 19, 2012 8:42 am
If it says it’s been pre-washed, you’re better off using it as is. It may help to know the USDA advises the same . . . . . . concerning your sugar question, I wouldn’t call it normal but happens due to moisture. I wouldn’t worry about it but you might look at date stamp on it.
Answered by: Elle
Nov. 19, 2012 8:44 am
I don't always rinse cole slaw (maybe I should???). If you do want to rinse it, could you put it through a salad spinner? Some pieces might go through, but I think it'd be easier. I use a small OXO spinner for lettuce (it pumps instead of using a string) and love it. Sugar clumps when it's exposed to humidity. Just break it apart if you can, it should be fine.
Answered by: Liebermom
Nov. 19, 2012 8:45 am
1. I always wash any veggies I get, even if the bag says it has been washed. 2. The bag of sugar you bought must have been stored in a humid environment at some time. It should be fine to use. However, if the clumps are discolored then I wouldn't used it because something might have been spilled on it and was absorbed into the sugar.
Nov. 19, 2012 8:48 am
i always wash all veggies(worked in restaurant too many years not to) i use pillow cases(bought only for the kitchen) to dry cabbage- lettuce and the like:-)toss it in- shake it up & you are done
Nov. 19, 2012 8:50 am
ALWAYS wash the food even if it says it has been pre-washed. It's not that hard to blot dry or as someone else suggested, using a salad spinner.
Nov. 19, 2012 8:54 am
I read somewhere that rinsing the slaw mix keeps it crisp. It seems to work but I don't think I've ever NOT rinsed. Lol. I just rinse & let it sit in a colander in the sink while I prep other items. Give it a shake/toss every once in awhile. I've never had issues w/it being too wet.
Nov. 19, 2012 12:38 pm
Hey all. Thanks. I ended up (just for the precaution) rinsing it very well.
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