I had to do this post because not everyone knows how to properly prepare greens. As a matter of fact, a lot of people don’t even know that greens have to be cleaned before you cook them. I started cooking greens when I was about 12. My mom must have assumed since I had cooked everything else, I would know what to do with greens. Unfortunately she was wrong. I had never paid attention to her when she made greens. I would usually just come in the kitchen when she’d be at the point of putting the greens into the pot. Anywho, my first pot of green( okay first couple of pots) were beyond gross. I simply took the greens out of the grocery bag, and maybe “rinsed” the greens( I had a little sense!). I then put the greens in the pot with the half way cooked ham hocks. Without testing the food, I assume that it was done. Hey, I figured that my mom never took that long when she had cooked her greens( That show’s how much I had watched her on collard green nights). When I served the food, I had the nerve to be proud of my greens. That was until I looked at the expression on my mother’s face. She looked sick, mad, and confused all at once. She then asked me ” Baby, did you wash this?”. I said yes of course, because in my mind the “rinse” that I had done was washing. She knew I hadn’t washed them, because they were extremely gritty. I won’t even tell you about the ham hocks! Anyway, It took me a while to fully understand how well greens needed to be cleaned before they were ready to be cooked. I eventually perfected my ham hock method as well. So to make sure you never make a fool out of yourself, and waste a perfectly good bunch of greens, I want to school you on how to really clean your greens. Trust me, You and your family will thank me later. I’m sure my mom wishes she that hadn’t assumed that I knew what I was doing. I think she was sick for a few days afterwards 🙁 ….
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