5 Washing Lettuce and Cutting Salads

Washing Lettuce and Cutting Salads

Posted on September 28, 2014 by tim

From time to time we get our hands on pre-made, pre-chopped salads in fast food chains, or sometimes pre-washed salad ingredients in the stores. I was thinking the salads were chopped on site in the local fast food place, and wasn’t even suspecting that pre-washed chopped greens are using such a complex conveyor system to get into those plastic bags. But Aslan, the blogger, has visited a place near Moscow where a lot of Moscow fast food salads are being made and now we can see how this is being done in reality. If you are still curious – there is a story inside.

Well, as you might have figured, lettuce is the main type of produce that they process here. There are plenty of lettuce varieties and here they use many of them. The people in the photo are pre-cutting the lettuce in a certain way and then it goes into a cutting machine. 

Later they manually check the quality of the loose lettuce leaf. 

And the artificial river takes the lettuce further on. 

Aslan liked how it looked a lot – the lettuce going down in a stream of water. 

And here is where the pre washing is happening. 

Then the leaf is checked again. At this stage the smallest “not good” parts are pulled off. Most of the people working in the factory are immigrants from the South – mainly Uzbekistan and Tajikistan – the instructions are often printed in three languages – Uzbek, Farsi and Russian. 

And here is where that lettuce river stops, putting the lettuce directly into meshed containers. 


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5 Responses to “Washing Lettuce and Cutting Salads”

  1. Eric says:

    This is top quality, very clean and thorough production. I wish the foods they sell here were as well made, but there’s always some stuff I have to remove from the bag or jar…

  2. Darius says:

    And also no matter is West or East – extra care is always applied when there are guests in the “house”, especially if the gests bring the cameras.

  3. Otis R. Needleman says:

    Nice, but very small-scale. Once worked at a Fresh Express plant, which had many production lines. Wonder if the wash water is chlorinated. I don’t see any chlorine around, in any form.

  4. Douglas says:

    number one is …Keep it Clean…!!!

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