Salad green and blueberries require insect inspection.
Instructions for inspection of blueberries can be found in the “Special Instructions” section of this week’s “Intro” to Blueberry Recipes.
6 chicken breasts, bone in.
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons ketchup
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
salad greens, optional
Place the blueberries, vinegar, honey, ketchup, garlic powder and ginger in a medium size saucepan (preferably nonstick). Bring to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 10 to 15 minutes. You’ll want the mixture to thicken slightly. Remove from heat and cool. After the mixture has cooled, pour it into a blender and blend until smooth.
Marinate chicken breasts in about 1/3 cup of sauce. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Grill chicken over medium high heat until thoroughly cooked through (about 7 minutes each side). Serve chicken over a bed of mixed salad greens or small serving of rice. Use the rest of the sauce as a topping.
Inspection of Salad Greens:
The insects most commonly found in open leaf lettuce are small green aphids or thrips. The leaves of the vegetable often camouflage these insects. The open structure of these vegetables allows insects to penetrate the entire head. Often, insects may be found between the innermost layers of leaves of an infested head. Therefore, each leaf must be washed and checked individually. The use of a light box for checking lettuce is extremely helpful.
Lettuce, Chinese Lettuce (Napa), Open Leaf ,Bib, Bok Choy, Boston, Butter Lettuce, Chicory, Green Leaf, Red Leaf, Romaine, and Watercress all grow in a similar fashion. Please note: Many of these varieties feature curly leaves with many folds in which the insects tend to hide. We therefore recommend that they be washed and checked with extreme caution. Occasionally, worms may be found in burrows within the body of the leaf. Look for a narrow(1/8_) translucent burrow speckled with black dots breaking up the deep green color of the leaf. These burrows will often trap the worm within the leaf. To rid the leaf of these worms, carefully slit the bumpy part within the burrow with a sharp knife and remove the worm.
1. Cut off the lettuce base and separate the leaves from one another.
2. Soak leaves in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated non-scented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, care must be taken to thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.)
3. Agitate lettuce leaves in the soapy solution.
4. Spread each leaf, taking care to expose all its curls and crevices. Using a heavy stream of water or a power hose, remove all foreign matter and soap from both sides of each leaf. Alternatively, a vegetable brush may be used on both sides of the leaf.
5. Several leaves should be checked over a light box or under strong overhead lighting to verify that the washing procedure has been effective. Pay careful attention to the folds and crevices in the leaf where insects have been known to hold tight through several washings.
6. If it is practical, it is best to check each leaf.
7. If the manner of washing described above is impractical, each leaf must be carefully inspected.
8. In a commercial setting, a vegetable spinner is recommended. (The advantages of spin-drying are: (1) the Rabbi will not risk an electrical shock when placing the leaves on the light box; and (2) the leaves will stay fresh and moist for a longer period of time.)
9. Three handfuls of leaves from different areas of the bin should be checked over a light box or under direct light. Our experience has shown that if the leaves are washed properly, no insects will be found.