Mr. Pearbuckle and I eat salads often. His time distribution at work has made assembling a salad for lunch too time consuming. We’ve tried many different methods to make it easier for him to eat a good, healthy salad without stress. This is the best method we’ve found so far: the “Salad-in-a-Jar”. I’ve included the sources we used when first finding and then researching this method. There is A LOT of wonderful information in them I don’t share here. This is just my latest experience with it.
You can use any glass jar with a screw-on lid or a standard canning jar like I did. I have an assortment of both. I happened to have this set of jars set aside for future canning so happily converted them to Salad Jars.
I had no problems popping the thumbtack right through any of my lids, even the thicker metal ones that come on jelly and condiment jars.
I bought the Ziploc vacuum pump from Ingles on Aisle 13 for under $5.00. Walmart had an electric hand vacuum for $20.00. Food Saver and other electric food vacuumers are easily $50 to $300. One blogger even uses a chamber vacuum sealer. I was so happily surprised to know I didn’t need anything electric or attachments.
The pens and paper are for labeling the date sealed on the jars. I have arthritis so use those round hand grippers for everything everywhere when a grip is needed.
Electrical tape is rubber so makes a fantastic air-tight seal. Smaller jars are great for fresh chopped onions, etc … It isn’t just that the food “lasts longer” in the fridge. They keep that “first day opened” taste too. I have other ways that lettuce lasts just fine. The taste changes each day until it turns. The jars change that.
If you aren’t sure, just *pop* the lid back off and do it again. If it just comes off with no *pop*, you didn’t pump enough. It’s more important to get a perfect seal than save on tape.
I doubt there’s another method easier than this. If I want just half a salad, I pop one jar open, pour out what I want, pop another 1/2″ of tape over the hole and pump it right back into a sealed state. It will keep as though I never opened it. So much love for this!
Resources for more information on this:
(Note: Most of these use the electric method in their posts. You can do all of it with the $5 Ziploc handpump & electric tape method instead.)
There are other sites out there that talk about it. These were my favorites. I highly encourage reading so hope you dig in and have fun!