Do you remember this post where I shared the awesomeness of Salad in a Jar? Well, they’re still awesome. However, there is something you all need to be aware of… something very, very important. I learned the hard way that there is one particular item that is most certainly not mason-jar friendly. Maybe there is a trick I don’t know, but regardless, I felt the need to warn those of you who have started partaking in Jar Salad Awesomeness before your friends and co-workers want to murder you.
Do not use kale.
Now, let me back up. I love kale. It’s one of my absolute favorite super foods. I put it in my smoothies, in tacos, in salad and sometimes bake it to make kale chips. I’ve considered adding it to my garden this year because I seriously love it that much.
However, there is something… gross about kale.
It has a high sulfur content. Did you know that? I didn’t know that.
So what does this mean for you and me?
It means that when we make our beloved jar salads and place the kale at the top of the jar, pressed against the metal lid of the jar, something… well… something gross happens.
You see, there is a reaction that occurs between the kale and metal lid. It’s not a happy marriage though. It’s not a loving spark, an epiphany, a special bond. No. When you take the lid off the jar, you’re releasing pandora’s box. A demon. You’re not hit with the fragrance of salad dressing and fresh veggies. You’re hit with… well, according to my co-workers:
-A microwaved wet sock
-A microwaved wet tennis shoe
-The bog of eternal stench
Need I say more?
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
It’s a horrible, horrible experience.
Just be cautious.
Now, who wants to help me throw out the rest of these jars?