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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.
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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.
 
sassyoldlady
Nov. 19, 2012 12:33 pm
Me too Pamela!
 
sassyoldlady
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.
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Pixie2
Nov. 19, 2012 8:42 am
I like the sugar bears they keep your sugar from lumping up.
 
ConkyJoe
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 . . . http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm114299.htm#prep . . . 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.
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nanny129
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
 
Sunflower
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.
 
lisa
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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