When I worked at the Little Nell Hotel in Aspen, Colorado, executive chef George Mahaffey taught me this technique: Use warm water to refresh greens and then chill them in order to get them crisp. As with flowers, if the old stem of the greens is cut or torn to allow the water to be absorbed into the freshly cut end, the greens get crisper.
Recipe courtesy of Douglas Katz
Level:
None

Directions

STEP ONE. Fill your sink with warm water. The temperature should be 105 degrees F to 110 degrees F; if it feels warm to your wrist, it is warm enough.

STEP TWO. Submerge lettuces, herbs or other tender greens and soak for 5 to 10 minutes.

STEP THREE. Carefully dry the greens, preferably using a salad spinner. Gently shake the greens to remove excess water before spinning. Don't overload the spinner or spin them too quickly, as the greens may bruise.

STEP FOUR. Cover and chill. Cover the greens with a damp towel, chill for at least 20 minutes, and you will once again have crisp, vibrant lettuces, herbs or greens.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Crisp-Tender Roast Duck with Cherry-Rosemary Sauce

Tender Artichoke Hearts

Recipe courtesy of David Rocco

Roasted Fennel, Green Bean, and Potato Crisps Salad

Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse

How to Turn Out Tender Shrimp

Recipe courtesy of Mark Filippo

How to Turn Out Tender Shrimp

Recipe courtesy of Mark Filippo

Italian Stracciatella with Mini Meatballs, Tender Cheese Tortellini and Baby Spinach

Recipe courtesy of Nadia G

Crisp Red Snapper with Ragout of Potatoes, Onions, Artichokes, and Green Olives with Sauce Vierge

Recipe courtesy of Brad Rice

Cooking Tips 3 Videos

Step-by-step photos

Eggs 101: Poached 01:24

These easy steps will have you poaching eggs to perfection in no time.

Similar Topics:

On TV

Unique Eats

10am | 9c

Unique Eats

10:30am | 9:30c

Unique Eats

11am | 10c

Unique Eats

11:30am | 10:30c

Man Fire Food

12pm | 11c

Man Fire Food

12:30pm | 11:30c

Man Fire Food

1pm | 12c

Man Fire Food

1:30pm | 12:30c

Man Fire Food

2:30pm | 1:30c

Man Fire Food

3:30pm | 2:30c

Man Fire Food

4:30pm | 3:30c

Man Fire Food

5:30pm | 4:30c

Man Fire Food

6:30pm | 5:30c

Man Fire Food

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Guilty Pleasures

8pm | 7c

Guilty Pleasures

8:30pm | 7:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

10pm | 9c

Unwrapped 2.0

10:30pm | 9:30c

Good Eats

11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Guilty Pleasures

12:30am | 11:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

2:30am | 1:30c

Good Eats

3am | 2c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c

So Much Pretty Food Here