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.
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.
Here are the display shelves where they store samples of each batch so that if someone complains about a faulty batch they can have a sample to check what was wrong with the batch. So with each new batch these display items are replaced with new ones.
And this is where the “bad” lettuce goes to. Directly into the trash bins.
Many types of produce are being processed here.
And that’s the map showing the company trucks delivering food around Moscow. The radial roads are the Moscow circle roads, and the dot in the middle must be the most central point in Moscow, maybe the Red Square. So it looks like the trucks are on their way. Aslan says that the operators of this map can request temperature readings and other details of each truck in real time.
Again, thanks to him for these photos, now we are aware how those pre-washed veggies are being done!